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‘New additions’ is a running theme throughout this issue. Not only are the new priorities of the new government beginning to take shape, but we are seeing the introduction of more innovative practice, tools and resources to meet new legislation and aid best practice. Look out for input from experts on the new legislation on coercive control (p8) and the Care Act (p16). We also hear from Hertfordshire’s Director of Family Safeguarding on the county’s new multidisciplinary model of practice – the first in the UK to combine the skills of children’s and adult social workers (p19).

We are also excited to welcome Adult Social Worker, Zoë Betts, to our editorial team. In her first regular column (p11), she offers tips and advice to this year’s graduates who are ready to enter the profession.

In this issue

04 – News bites

Take a look at key news stories and announcements concerning the social work profession, following the general election’s result, including proposed bills and service reforms. 

06 – Council spotlight

Carol Douch, Service Director of Buckinghamshire’s Children’s Social Care, talks to us about progressing with their improvement plan by investing in staff, processes and partnerships. 

08 – Tackling domestic abuse

Dr. Siobhan Weare writes about the need for more than an offence of coercive control to combat domestic abuse – including investment in support services and a more holistic approach.

11 – Zoë Betts

Zoë Betts, Adult Social Worker and owner of iamsocialwork, dedicates her first regular column in Sanctuary Social Work News magazine to those beginning their social work career.

12 – Integrating ethics, theory and practice

Describing social work as “dynamic and constantly evolving”, Practice Educator Brian Mitchell explains the importance of integrating theory with practice to meet the needs of service users.

14 – The benefits of ongoing CPD

Harriet Cadman, Head of Sanctuary Training, explains why continuing professional development should be seen as more than just a legal requirement; the career benefits are plentiful.

16 – Progressing towards the cap 

The Care Act 2014 is now being implemented, but what can those in adult social care expect from the Care Act – Part 2? Care Act adviser Richard Pantlin writes about the funding reforms. 

19 – Revolutionising child protection

We hear from Hertfordshire’s Director of Family Safeguarding as 22 multiagency teams set out to deliver a new model of practice to safeguard families after receiving a government grant.

22 – A day in the life of...

a family finding social worker. Find out what is involved in the thorough but rewarding search for long-term foster carers for Looked After Children.

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