Thoughts on the Foster Care Review

By Simon Haworth, Teaching Fellow Department of Social Care and Social Work,¬†University of Birmingham In aid of Foster Care Fortnight (14 May-27 May) this post focuses on the recent review of foster care in England. The post could have concentrated on a variety of topics related to fostering, in fact I had even considered commenting … Continue reading “Thoughts on the Foster Care Review”

A remarkable life: The longevity of the National Assistance Act

By Allan Norman, Associate Lecturer in Social Work Law, University of Birmingham Social Worker, Non-practising solicitor “The existing poor law shall cease to have effect.” With these opening words, the National Assistance Act 1948 dramatically brought about the end of an era, sweeping away the last vestiges of a Victorian scheme that had held on … Continue reading “A remarkable life: The longevity of the National Assistance Act”

The National Assistance Act 70 years on – Lessons for the social care green paper

By Catherine Needham, Professor of Public Policy and Public Management Health Services Management Centre, University of Birmingham As the weight of expectations builds on the forthcoming social care green paper, it is timely that this week is the 70th anniversary of the National Assistance Act 1948 which created social services in their current form. The … Continue reading “The National Assistance Act 70 years on – Lessons for the social care green paper”

World Social Work Day: Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability

By Barbara Fawcett, Professor of Social Work (Adults and Communities) Department of Social Work and Social Care, University of Birmingham Social workers are catalysts for sustainable change in complex situations. World Social Work Day always makes us think about global challenges. It raises questions, such as how is social work making a difference worldwide; what … Continue reading “World Social Work Day: Promoting Community and Environmental Sustainability”