4 Biggest Social Work Stories You Might Have Missed Last Week (05/09/16)...
The window for re-registering as a social worker has opened, hotdesking continues to rise despite expert concerns and the government has announced plans for an anti-radicalisation fund. Read on for these stories, and more...
4. Anti-Radicalisation Fund for Innovative Projects Opens
The government has set aside £1.5 million to be allocated through the Home Office for innovative projects that will prevent young people being radicalised, according to an announcement last week.
Linked to the government's 'Prevent' strategy, those administering the funds are looking to finance projects that understand how young people become radicalised and the risks posed by the internet in that process.
Guidelines surrounding the funds states that successful projects will be granted between £10,000 and £100,000, subject to a 'British Values' test showing the project promotes the values of tolerance, democracy and individual liberty.
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3. Rising Hotdesking Practices Could Harm Social Work Practice, Say Experts
Experts have warned that a surge in hotdesking within child protection could diminish the service's effectiveness, according to new research by Community Care.
The publication found that of the 93 local authorities in England they had surveyed, 56% had hotdesking in place with 40% having adopting the system since 2015.
This upsurge in hotdesking comes despite warnings from children protection expert Eileen Munro that the practice increases burnout among social workers and denies them consistent intellectual and emotional support from colleagues.
2. National Children's Charity 4Children to Close
The government's strategic partner for early years and childcare policy 4Children is set to close due to funding pressures, according to a statement released by the charity.
4Children's existing work will be taken on by Action for Children in order to 'maintain continuity for families,' - 727 of the charity's workers will transfer over to the latter organisation, with 207 being taken on by local authorities and 85 losing their jobs.
Alongside its national policy-making duties, 4Children also helped delivered youth services, family support and childcare in 151 settings, including schools, children's centres, nurseries and RAF bases.
1. HCPC Social Worker Re-Registration Processes Open
The three-month window for social workers to renew their professional registration with the Health and Care Professions Council re-opened last Thursday.
All social workers have until the deadline of November 30 to complete a professional declaration and pay a renewal fee in order to renew their practice, with 2.5% of submissions' continue professional development profiles being evaluated by the HCPC.
This could potentially be the final time social workers have to re-register via the HCPC following government announcements that a social work-specific regulator will be set up by 2018.