The latest social work news, updates, and events including what’s happening in the world of children’s social work.

Pioneering retirement village adds years to residents' lives

Study finds people ? especially women ? in leafy Surrey community live longer. But how can policymakers replicate its effect? Should we be surprised that people live longer if they reside in a supportive and vibrant community with a plethora of facilities and organised activities, plus care services on tap, all set in 225 acres of beautiful Surrey woodlands? At first sight, it?s scarcely arresting that analysis of the records of Whiteley Village, a pioneering retirement community celebrating 1

Rotherham council's seeking a new head of service for safeguarding, quality and learning

Find out more and apply now The head of service for safeguarding is one of the most critical roles for social care services. This position provides the ?critical friend? role, ensuring sustained scrutiny, challenge and support of operational services, in achieving the best possible standards for children?s social work. It is vital that this role in Rotherham is filled by a person with the best possible safeguarding knowledge, with an ability to apply this in practice, work with partners and col

A Doncaster Social Worker Making a Difference

Jet setting social worker, Sierra Walton, has swapped her life in New York to help children, young people and families in Thorne.   It’s a far cry from working in child protection in a hospital neo natal unit in the Big Apple but Sierra says she is relishing the challenge of being in the small English town – and particularly her experiences of working for the Doncaster Children’s Services Trust.Having qualified as a social worker at New York University, Sierra says she was relie...

Halal meat, vegan feasts: how care caterers meet diverse dietary needs

Catering for special diets is an area of increasing concern in social care, but some providers are stepping up to the plate Social care caterers are serving up everything from halal meat to dairy-free milk to meet increasingly diverse dietary needs. So that people can eat what they want, and what they require nutritionally, some care homes are partnering with community groups to mark occasions such as Eid and Ramadan, to ensure authentic Jewish cuisine is on the daily menu, and to throw vegan f