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Social Work, Social Care and Social Services

The social work profession promotes social change, problem solving in human relationships and the empowerment and liberation of people to enhance well-being. Utilising theories of human behaviour and social systems, social work intervenes at the points where people interact with their environments. Principles of human rights and social justice are fundamental to social work.

Social care is defined by the Social Care Institute for Excellence as covering all interventions provided or funded by statutory and/or independent agencies which support older people, younger adults and children in their daily lives, and provide services which they are unable to provide for themselves, or which it is not possible for family members to provide without additional support. They can be provided at home, in day centres or on a residential basis, including substitute family care and care homes.

This collection is made up of full text reports on social work, social care and social services reform, available to view free of charge

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Caring for our future: reforming care and support

The system of care and support in England, developed in a piecemeal fashion over more than six decades, is broken and in desperate need for reform.

Changes in the value and division of unpaid care work in the UK: 2000 to 2015

The ONS now regularly publishes estimates of the value of unpaid household services in the Household Satellite Account.

Consultation on knowledge and skills statement: achieving permanence: government response

From 4 July to 9 September 2016, the Department for Education ran a consultation seeking views on the content of the knowledge and skills statement for child and family social workers involved in permanence planning.

Forensic mental health social work: capabilities framework

The forensic social work capabilities framework is designed to build upon the generic requirements set out in the professional capabilities framework (PCF) for social workers.

New Belongings: an evaluation: research report

The New Belongings programme aimed to:Increase the extent to which local authorities (LAs) used the experience and wisdom of care leavers to take decisions about the services provided to care leavers.

KEEP standard evaluation: research report

This is an evaluation into whether carers who completed the ‘KEEP Standard’ training benefited from improved outcomes compared with a group of who didn’t complete the training.

Comparing the costs of social work qualification routes

This report explores the costs associated with qualifying as a social worker, via both traditional (undergraduate and postgraduate) and accelerated (Frontline and Step Up) qualification routes.

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