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| 09 December 2013
This article relates to England but provides relevant background to those working in Scotland.
Adult safeguarding is now a central concern of adult social work. Media reports of scandals and of serious case reveiws raise questions about how best to respond to concerns or incidents involving people who are ‘vulnerable’ for a range of reasons. While individual practice is under the spotlight exactly how to run effective safeguarding services needs an evidence base too. Safeguarding practice and systems need to balance the protection of people at risk of abuse, mistreatment, and neglect with supporting people to exercise their rights to a lifestyle of their choice. Yet little is known about the different approaches of local authorities to delivering a safeguarding service.
| 06 December 2013
The findings of the Inquiry into the State of Social Work won't be news to social workers throughout the country all too familiar with the often overwhelming demands of their jobs. Published on behalf of the all-party parliamentary group on social work by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW), the report offers the wider public some insight into the unmanageable caseloads, lack of support and a bureaucracy that works against, not for, the busy practitioner.
| 06 December 2013
IMPROVEMENTS for children in care are being made too slowly, the Scottish Government has been told. Over recent years “widespread efforts” have been made to improve both the decision-making process when youngsters are taken into care and the outcomes of such decisions, said Stewart Maxwell, convener of Holyrood’s Education Committee.