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Leader column What are good social workers made of?
Victoria Hart Shy about saying what you do? Don’t be!
At the Sharp End Good relationships are needed in tough times
Things I Liked Social workers offer highlights of the month
Maggie Siviter Child protection through the TV camera lens
BlogLog Thoughts from The College blog
News from social work and The College Unique knowledge resource; Tougher entry standards; Social work summit
Social workers Liz Bruce and Jane Hulse talk about their pioneering social enterprise and reflect on careers which seem to have turned full circle
Adoption and permanency
Once again the government is trying to drive up adoption rates. Robert Tapsfield says its single minded focus is much too narrow
Julie Selwyn calls for a renewed attention to permanency planning that emphasises the child’s relationships
June Thoburn surveys the adoption scene and regrets that social workers’ achievements are still too often unrecognised
Ruth Allen considers the unfinished revolution in mental health and asks whether institutional thinking still rules the roost
Personalisation and social work
Personalisation is a once-in-a-generation opportunity for social work, but talk of empowerment must not be a mask for cuts, says Jon Glasby
Talking points: social workers Jo Gray and Martin Routledge debate the impact of personalisation on social work with adults