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Social Worker of the Year Awards 2013 finalists announced

The final shortlist for the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2013 has been announced See below for the full list

Social worker who gave parents unsupervised access to child at risk is banned from practice

The two years experienced social worker ignored a written agreement that had been put in place while he was off sick

Rise of female leaders in social care should be celebrated says incoming chief inspector

Women in visible senior roles in social care must support and encourage others to follow in their footsteps says Andrea Sutcliffe who takes up post as chief inspector of adult social care for the Care Quality Commission next week

Budgets staff sickness and recruitment learning the ropes of social care management

As Natalie Crisp nears the end of her year long graduate traineeship she learns the significance of dealing with staffing issues in the workload of any social care manager

Instead of sitting in day centres we re helping to train social workers

From 2015 social work education providers in England will be required to involve service users and carers in approved programmes Alex Turner visits a trailblazing service user group at Portsmouth University to explore the potential benefits

New social workers must learn to separate the personal and professional

Nikki Burton newly qualified social worker and member of The College of Social Work s professional assembly explores the ways in which students and recent graduates can develop self care strategies and why it is so important

Rise in number of entries for Social Worker of the Year awards

Entries for Adult Social Worker of the Year in particular have doubled since last year

I m proudest of our partnerships with the private sector says deputy turned director

Iain MacBeath says stepping up from deputy to adults services director in Hertfordshire has enabled him to carry through an agenda of transforming adult care through partnerships with private bodies

If I make any mistakes it will be very public says director taking charge of three councils

Liz Bruce s background as a social worker teacher and nurse will stand her in good stead as she becomes adults social services director at three London councils

Troubled council scraps Reclaiming Social Work model

Reform plan for the Isle of Wight s children s services includes getting rid of the pioneering model praised by Eileen Munro

Has social work lost its mojo Chief social workers take part in first joint debate

The chief social workers for adult and children s services Lyn Romeo and Isabelle Trowler appeared together for the first time in public at a recent conference at Manchester Metropolitan University Here is a brief summary of what was discussed

How attachment theory can transform adult social work and save councils money

While attachment theory has traditionally been associated with children s services applying the approach to adult social work can help people tackle the unresolved loss that can shape dependency in adulthood

Social worker suspended for failing to follow up school referral

Norma Rose Lee also failed to conduct a child in need assessment following a request from psychiatrist while working at Sunderland Council

Social workers to be balloted on strike action over job cuts

Unison accuses council of ineffective spending decisions as council says 1000 jobs must go by April 2015

Social workers return to work following impromptu strike

Practitioners call off strike after worker suspended for refusing to take on additional case is reinstated

We must not be ashamed of trying to attract outstanding graduates into social work

Lord Andrew Adonis chair of Frontline explains why he thinks social work should strive to attract more graduates from the UK s leading 24 Russell Group universities

Government launches consultation on how social work practice placements are funded

Care minister Norman Lamb says the current uncapped system for distributing the Education Support Grant is no longer sustainable

Care staff invited to sign commitment to improve their practice

Employers will be urged to make public commitment to improve their workforces and encourage staff to make private pledge to improve under Social Care Commitment initiative

Controversial social work training scheme Frontline opens to applicants this month

The Frontline team is about to embark on an extensive recruitment campaign for its two year course which is due to begin in July 2014

One day left to enter the Social Worker of the Year Awards

The Social Worker of the Year Awards are about recognising the excellent diverse work that takes place in the profession and celebrating the many outstanding achievements of social workers across England

Social worker waited two days before informing police of service user s death threats

Sarah Jane Price admitted her failings and has been allowed to remove herself from the register

Social work practice pilot dropped because of service restructure

Creation of generic social work teams prompts Birmingham council to take physical disability social work service back in house

Social enterprise takes charge of statutory social work

North East Lincolnshire becomes first area to have independent organisation exclusively focused on delivering statutory social work

Social workers caseload concerns often fall on deaf ears survey shows

A study of 650 social workers suggests the majority will speak out when they are worried about their caseloads but many feel their managers are unable or unwilling do anything about it

Social worker suspended in 2011 for kissing and touching colleagues is struck off

The Heath and Care Professions Council found there was a real risk Tom Watt would repeat his inappropriate behaviour

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