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Embrace the unpredictability of adolescence

By Andrew Webb |

28 May 2019

In 1802, Wordsworth wrote: "The child is father to the man." In 2019, the phrase has added meaning: Greta Thunberg, at 16, has shown us a clarity of thought and purpose that puts world leaders to shame and she has inspired young people to speak out and to take action through school strikes.

Care-experience must shape future policy

By Alison O’Sullivan, chair of NCB |

28 May 2019

It's time we stopped fiddling at the margins of the care system and took a more radical approach.

Free children from abuse and knife crime

By Nathan Ward |

30 April 2019

Throughout history, the social construction of childhood has changed, osculating between children being seen as angels in need of protection and demons in need of control.

Let practitioners solve today's challenges

By Andrew Webb |

26 February 2019

In 1939, George Orwell wrote: "We have now sunk to a depth at which restatement of the obvious is the first duty of intelligent men." Orwell was reflecting on the nature of power at the end of a decade that had witnessed widespread human misery.

Good record keeping is vital social work skill

By Alison O'Sullivan |

26 February 2019

When my husband had a heart attack last summer, I found myself reflecting on the importance of written records.

It was probably lonely this Christmas

By Howard Williamson |

02 January 2019

The festive season has come and gone and, I am sure, there were occasional moments when our eyes and thoughts turned - or were turned - to homeless people.

Right support vital to keep families together

By Jacky Tiotto |

27 November 2018

The Clear Blue Waterreport by England's chief social worker Isabelle Trowler and the University of Sheffield is a brave, compelling and defensible reminder of the care we have to take over life-changing decisions about whether and why we think a child should be permanently removed from their birth parents.

Early help must focus on the under-twos

By Paul Ennals |

27 November 2018

Every so often, a "landmark" report on early intervention is published.

Right culture is key to good social work

By Yvette Stanley |

26 June 2018

The media spotlight often turns to social care, and the last few weeks are no exception.

Councillors need to act now on child poverty

By Chloe Darlington |

24 April 2018

Child poverty was firmly on the agenda at the recent National Education Union conference.