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Transforming services: this issue exposes the Signs of Safety initiative being delivered as part of the government’s innovation programme and turns the spotlight on Peterborough City Council and its investment in children’s services. 

We've also been speaking to author Dr Joanne Warner about her new book on ‘The Emotional Politics of Social Work and Child Protection’, released on Monday, 12 January, while Philip Brocklehurst, one of the authors of a report commissioned by ADCS, writes about data collated from local authorities across England and its importance in improving practice. 

The Social Worker of the Year Awards finished 2014 with deserved recognition for inspiring professionals, representing the life-changing work delivered by social workers across the country. Don’t miss the full list of winners on page 7! 

At a glance...

04 Exclusive Interview 

Ahead of the release of her book on emotional politics, Dr Joanne Warner tells us how the hostility directed at social work is driven by media and political leaders. 

07 Social Work Awards Winners 

See the full list of winners of the Social Worker of the Year Awards 2014, announced at a celebratory event attended by Education Secretary, Nicky Morgan. 

10 Council spotlight 

Sue Westcott, Director of Children’s Services at Peterborough City Council, explains the changes behind the significant improvements to the council’s children’s services.

12 New professional standards

We take a look at the reasons behind the new assessment and accreditation system for children’s social workers, which will see three levels of practice introduced.

14 ADCS' Safeguarding Report 

Philip Brocklehurst, one of the authors of a report commissioned by ADCS, writes about the importance of using social care data to improve practice.   

16 Signs of Safety

We look into the Signs of Safety initiative being piloted across ten local authorities after securing an innovations project grant of £4.7 million from the government. 

18 A day in the life of... 

a Hospital Duty Team Social Worker is revealed in an informative diary entry. Find out what support and advice is given to families in a hospital setting.

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Abiodun Adesanya, 16 January 2015, 07:14 PM
I see this to be motivating.
I would like to be reading Sanctuary Social work news for my CPD.
Sanctuary Social Care, 19 January 2015, 09:38 AM
Hi Abiodun, very glad to hear that you find the magazine motivating and that you intend on counting reading it towards your CPD hours. Don't forget, if there's anything else you would like to see featured you can let us know via our survey https://www.surveymonkey.com/s/magazinefeedback2015
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