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A time of change: This issue covers the latest news on the general election 2015 concerning social work. What are the major political parties promising for the profession? Turn to page 8 for a comparative look at their plans for children’s services and adult social care. 

As the sector steps up its commitment to a multi-agency approach, we hear from other professionals working alongside social workers about the benefits of working in partnership (see page 16).

In other announcements, the Care Act takes effect from April 2015, the profession’s watchdogs uncover new regulations and the largest social work awards event in England opens for entries. 

In this issue 

04 – News bites 

See the latest announcements from the profession’s ‘watchdogs’, amongst other topical news. Don’t miss out on the opportunity to enter the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015. 

06 – Council Spotlight

Merton’s Assistant Director of Children’s Services, Paul Angeli, tells us about the council’s investment in innovative practice and career opportunities for its workforce. 

08 – General Election – Adult social care

Read about the NHS Five Year Forward View alongside the political parties’ plans for the NHS and social care, including topics of integration, mental health and workforce support.

12 – General Election – Children and families 

What are the parties pledging for children’s services? Read about the controversial measures to tackle CSE as well as announcements on Sure Start, mental health, FGM and children in care.

16 – Joining forces (Count this article as a CPD activity)

We spoke to those working alongside social workers in multi-agency teams about the benefits from their perspective. Use our CPD form to reflect on your multi-agency work.

21 – The changing face of social work 

Sanctuary Trainer, Robin Watts, writes about the need for social workers to be supported with ongoing training and development in the face of increasing pressure on services. 

22 – A day in the life of... 

an NSPCC helpline practitioner is revealed in a diary entry. Find out more about the challenging phone calls received, from helping children at risk to dealing with prank callers.

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