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Breda O’Brien: Child welfare system is too dependent on courts

10 Apr 2017

Focus on guardians ad litem misses bigger issue of overly adversarial system. There is merit in Minister for Children and Youth Affairs Katherine Zappone's proposal to reform the guardian ad litem system by establishing a nationally organised service.However, while the current system is dangerously ad hoc, institutionalising it may have unwanted consequences by reinforcing the adversarial nature of court cases involving children.

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Social workers face more emotional distress and verbal abuse each day

03 Apr 2017

Community Care and UNISON’s joint research into a typical social worker’s day reveals the increasing cost of staff shortages and budget cuts

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Hiring PAs for social workers cuts stress and saves money, finds study

29 Mar 2017

Research into innovation-backed project shows successes of hiring administrative support for social workers

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Why are social workers so reluctant to celebrate their achievements?

21 Mar 2017

Social work is forced to exist within what I call a “deficit culture”, criticised from all sides by the media, government, inspectors and even some in the profession itself. This results in a narrative about social work that says whatever it does is not only never good enough, but inept, shameful, oppressive, even naive. So let us begin to consider here what its opposite, an affirmative culture that celebrates all the good that social workers do, would look like.

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What about all the children whose lives are saved by Social Workers?

09 Mar 2017

Another week goes by and another two innocent little children's deaths have made national headlines once again.

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IASW IN THE NEWS 93% of children in State care had foster placements last year

02 Mar 2017

93% of the 6,329 minors in care of the State were living in foster families last year, according to a study by an organisation representing social workers employed in the area.

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