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Eight out of ten fast-track social workers secure jobs - Tue, 15 Apr 2014


Training session

Around eighty per cent of students taking the fast-track Step Up to Social Work postgraduate course have secured jobs as children’s social workers.

Daily roundup: School days, youth unemployment, and cyber-blackmail - Tue, 15 Apr 2014


School class

Extended school days leaving children like "ghosts", plight of unemployed young people highlighted, and police warn of webcam blackmail threat, all in the news today.

Quality of Ofsted early years inspectors under fire - Tue, 15 Apr 2014


Early talk

Senior figures in the early years sector have told Ofsted that many of its inspectors lack the training and skills necessary to make fair judgments on settings.

Enter the CYP Now Awards and take your chance to shine - Tue, 15 Apr 2014



The 2014 Children & Young People Now Awards – the gold standard in services for children, young people and families across the UK – are open for entries.

Sir Martin Narey to chair Adoption Leadership Board - Tue, 15 Apr 2014


Martin Narey

Former Barnardo’s chief executive Sir Martin Narey has been appointed to lead the Adoption Leadership Board, the body set up by the government to drive through reforms to the sector.

Absence of Ofsted evaluation sparks rise in SCRs - Mon, 14 Apr 2014



Ofsted's reduced oversight of serious case reviews has resulted in a dramatic increase in the number of them being carried out by local authorities, it has been claimed.

Youth work roundup: Service cuts, Scout badges and protests - Mon, 14 Apr 2014



Councillor defends youth cuts; Scouts launch new badges; and young people protest against service cuts, all in the news this week.

Dozens of London children go missing from out-of-area care - Mon, 14 Apr 2014


Care leaver

Children from London who are placed in care outside of their home area are going missing on average every two and a half days, it has emerged.

Mid Staffs to stay open for six months - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Scandal-hit Mid Staffordshire Foundation Trust will remain in business until at least October despite the regulator’s desire to dissolve the organisation “as soon as possible”, HSJ can reveal.

Circle awarded £120m MSK contract - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
COMMERCIAL: Private provider Circle has become Bedfordshire Clinical Commissioning Group’s prime contractor for its integrated musculoskeletal service after scooping a £120m five-year contract.

NHS a 'political football', claim healthcare leaders - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Healthcare leaders have criticised the political class for treating the NHS as a “political football” instead of engaging in a meaningful debate about its future.

UK low in hospital beds league - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Britain has fewer hospital beds per head of population than most other European countries, a report has found.

HSJ Live 16.04.2014: NHS a 'political football', claim healthcare leaders - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Healthcare leaders have criticised the political class for treating the NHS as a “political football” instead of engaging in a meaningful debate about its future, and the rest of today’s news and comment

HSJ Live 15.04.2014: Unison votes to ballot its members over strike action - Tue, 15 Apr 2014
One of the largest healthcare unions will ballot its 460,000 members over strike action, plus the rest of the day’s news and comment

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How do you know when it's time to refuse treatment for incurable cancer? - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Kate Granger was diagnosed with terminal cancer aged 29 and chose to have palliative chemotherapy to prolong her life

A few months ago, my consultant oncologist sat with me in his room and wrote on the top of a consent form "Palliative chemotherapy with the intent of relieving symptoms". This was my second time facing the chemotherapy wringer for the incurable, rare sarcoma residing in my abdomen, and a huge decision that I had made after much deliberation and discussion.

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The granny state: how a female-dominated 'grey vote' could swing it | Stewart Dakers - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
The growing 'grey vote' contains a preponderance of women. That, surely, is a hopeful sign. A grandmatriarchy would replace alpha male domination

There's been a bit of a ruckus at the unit. I learned about it at the community centre lunch the other day, following an unexpected comment from Cecil.

"Credit where it's due, those ladies did a good job."

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Nicola Mackintosh: 'The client is the core of everything I do' | Fiona Bawdon - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
Pioneering community care lawyer Nicola Mackintosh has been made an honorary QC after years of tirelessly defending the rights of vulnerable people

The rank of honorary Queen's counsel is a rare accolade which the lord chancellor bestows on just a handful of the most respected lawyers each year. It's a safe bet that there are few among their esteemed ranks whose mailbag has been known to include a giant incontinence pad inscribed: "This is what I've been given to use. It would fit an elephant!" or letters from a client with obsessive compulsive disorder, which had been thoroughly washed before sending.

But then Nicola Mackintosh is not a typical solicitor. A one-time punk, now a sole practitioner in south London, she was made an honorary QC this week in recognition of her pioneering work in community care law. "The client is the core of everything I do," she says. "It is their experience of their disability, and how the world treats them, that is the most important thing."

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GPs braced for shutdown after 'toxic mix' of loss of funds and high demand | Mark Gould - Wed, 16 Apr 2014
At one of 98 GP surgeries in England under threat of closure there is despair that NHS reforms could kill off good care

"Give it a year and I think we will have to close," says Naomi Beer, a frustrated and angry GP who works in a surgery which has been providing care to a largely poor and deprived area since the start of the NHS in 1948. In February, NHS England admitted that 98 surgeries could be under threat of closure as a result of what doctors' leaders have described as a "toxic mix" of a flawed funding system and seemingly uncheckable demand for medical care.

It was thought that most of the surgeries at risk are small practices in rural areas. But Beer works at the Jubilee Street practice, on the traffic-choked Commercial Road in the East End of London. This is something of a model practice in an area where fewer than half of the patients speak English as a first language and many present with more than one serious medical problem.

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Britain has fewer hospital beds than most European countries, OECD says - Wed, 16 Apr 2014

Group says UK had three beds per 1,000 people in 2011, compared with 8.3 in Germany and 6.6 in Poland

There are fewer hospital beds in Britain than most other European countries, with less than half the number of many, a report has found.

According to the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), the UK had three hospital beds per 1,000 people in 2011, with Ireland having the same number.

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Open letter to the leaders of the three main political parties about UK hunger - Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Published to coincide with the end of Lent, this letter is signed by over 600 British church leaders in addition to the 57 undersigned

This Lent we, and thousands of others, made the rise of hunger in the UK the focus of our fasting. It has been a time of sorrowful and deep reflection on a rise we see every day in the numbers visiting food banks in towns and cities across the country.

The Trussell Trust figures, released today, only further illustrate this terrible rise, from 350,000 last year to over 900,000 this year. This figure, shocking as it is, is far from the total number of people going hungry in our country today from those too ashamed to visit their local food bank to those many families not in crisis but ever more worried about keeping the cupboards full. One in four is cutting portion sizes and half are cutting their household food budgets.

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Hunger is a 'national crisis', religious leaders tell Cameron - Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Religious leaders and faith groups ask David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg to tackle the causes of food poverty

Religious leaders and faith groups have called on the government to take action to tackle a "national crisis" of rising hunger and food poverty, as latest figures suggest more than a million Britons have been helped by food banks in the past year.

More than 40 Anglican bishops and 600 church leaders have signed a letter, calling on David Cameron, Nick Clegg and Ed Miliband to tackle the causes of food poverty, including low wages, rising food prices and an inadequate welfare benefit safety net.

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Sheryl Sandberg 'does more than her fair share of childcare' - Tue, 15 Apr 2014
Husband of Facebook COO and author of Lean In reveals household chores are distributed between them 'more like 60/40'

Her bestselling book urges every woman to make her partner "a real partner" by ensuring that household responsibilities are shared equally in the home. But even Sheryl Sandberg, the chief operating officer of Facebook and author of Lean In, takes on the majority of the childcare and household management at home, her husband has revealed.

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