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Mind the Gap: Factors that can support responses to offending in residential child care and the challenges of implementation

Responding to offending in residential child care is inherently complex (Moodie & Nolan, 2016).

Learning from Significant Case Reviews

This report presents the findings from analyses of 25 significant case reviews that concerned 44 children and young people, carried out by child protection committees in Scotland between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2018.  Twenty-two out of the 25 SCRs related to incidences of child abuse and/ or...

Raising Concerns in the Workplace: Guidance for employers, social service workers and social work students

This guidance explains the difference between raising a concern and whistleblowing and when a person raising a concern qualifies for legal protection under whistleblowing law. The section for employers and managers gives guidance about how to deal with concerns and indicates what kind of culture,...

Kinship Care: State of the Nation 2018

The Kinship Care: State of the Nation 2018 survey is the largest survey ever of kinship carers in the UK. As in previous years, it shows that many carers aren't getting the support they need to enable children to thrive, including 32% of carers who said they were worried about their mental and...

Inter-European Social Workers’ Mobility within a Dynamic Social Work and Immigration Policy Context: A case study of England

This article reviews the fast-moving social work and immigration policy context and the role of inter-European social workers, using England as a case study of destination. Based on registration data of non-UK qualified social workers (2003–2017), a survey of 97 stakeholders from 27 European Union...

Implementing the Scottish Living Wage in Adult Social Care: An evaluation of the experiences of social care partners, and usefulness of Joint Guidance

This report presents the results of a qualitative study evaluating the introduction of the Scottish Living Wage to adult social care and impacts on recruitment and retention.

Fostering Better Outcomes: The government response to the Education Select Committee report into fostering and foster care in England

This report highlights needs for strengthening transitions in and out of foster care, and the importance of respectful and responsive relationships between children, foster parents, families and social workers. The report also makes recommendations for greater support to foster families by...

The Role of the Social Worker in Adoption - Ethics and Human Rights: An enquiry

Social workers’ decision making is at the heart of adoption and needs to be subject to ethical scrutiny from within the profession and from without. This Enquiry explores the ethical and human rights dimensions of social work practice when making life changing decisions about children and their...

Seeing and Shifting the Roots of Opinions - Mapping the Gaps between Expert and Public Understandings of Care Experience and the Care System in Scotland

The report charts public understandings of childhood, parenting and the care system, and examines how these ways of thinking complicate, and occasionally facilitate, communicating about care issues. It identifies strategies that the sector can use to build support for the changes necessary to...

Towards More Independent Lives for People with Disabilities: Reflections from social services across Europe

This toolkit provides recommendations and examples of practice for senior social services professionals providing care for people with disabilities.

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