News & Events


We offer a range of events and workshops for the social work workforce across Nottinghamshire and Derbyshire, including some which are aimed at particular groups such as managers, practice educators and students.  All our events are free to attend.

See our list of planned events and contact  for more information.


Strengths-based social work: practice framework and handbook

The Department of Health and Social Care has developed a strengths-based practice framework and a supporting handbook showing what strengths-based practice is and how it fits with the law. 

The framework and handbook support social workers and social care professionals in applying a strengths-based approach to their work with adults.

Developing Productive Partnerships - Working with Communities to Support Excellence in Social Work

  • are you a community-based charity?
  • do you support children, young people, or adults?
  • would you like to promote the work you do?

We're running an event in early July where we hope to bring together a range of voluntary and independent service providers – allowing them to:

  • showcase their work
  • tell us about the impact of what they do
  • provide a broad service user profile
  • explain their referral process and criteria
  • engage with trainee and more experienced social workers

More information about the event [PDF].

If you’d like to get involved, please contact us.

New post-qualifying standard for social work practice supervisors in adult services has arrived

The Adult social work post-qualifying standards: knowledge and skills statement has now been published by the Department of Health and Social Care. This statement will support the professional development of supervisors and ensure that, by having a national standard, supervisor skills and development programmes are applied consistently. Chief Social Worker for Adults, Lyn Romeo, has written a short blog post announcing the publication of the statement.

Advanced Practitioner Workshops

The University of Nottingham’s Centre for Social Work is offering four workshops between November 2018 and March 2019.  These are designed for social workers and other professionals in social care settings, and aim to bring the latest practice-relevant academic theory and research to a practitioner audience.  Each workshop will last for 2.5 hours, will be delivered by a leading academic, and will offer opportunities for interaction and discussion.

Further details and prices.

Decision-making and mental capacity

NICE has published a new guideline covering decision-making in people 16 years and over who may lack capacity now or in the future. It aims to help health and social care practitioners support people to make their own decisions where they have the capacity to do so, and helps to keep people who lack capacity at the centre of the decision-making process.

Born into care: Study uncovers scale of newborn babies in care proceedings in England

Between 2007/8 and 2016/17, 16,849 babies under one week old were subjects of local authority care proceedings in England, according to a new study from the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory:

Social care in prisons in England and Wales

A report by the Care Quality Commission has found that care for elderly and disabled prisoners is inconsistent and the lack of planning for an ageing population is a serious defect:

Care proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water

This policy briefing by Isabelle Trowler, Chief Social Worker for Children and Families (Supported by professor Sue White, Calum Webband Dr  Jadwiga T Leigh, University of Sheffield) highlights the findings from an exploratory study of care proceedings in 4 local authorities across England.

It argues that cases where the decision to remove a child from their parents could "go either way" should be diverted away from court in order to ease pressure on the care system. There should be clear blue water between children brought into care proceedings and other children considered to be at risk of significant harm.

It also calls for government to launch a national programme of work to identify the best ways of supporting families with children on the edge of care, and provide funding to councils that are struggling to keep children safe in the community.

Realistic Positivity Report

Realistic Positivity by the National Children’s Bureau sheds light on the experiences of adoptive parents, and highlights the difficulty that professionals face in recognising, understanding and responding to the additional needs of young children placed for adoption. There is also a Practice Briefing aimed at adoption practitioners and others working with adopted children and their families, including those with strategic and operational responsibility for services, which is available on our Resources page.

The Good Childhood Report 2018

The Good Childhood Report 2018, produced by the Children’s Society in partnership with the University of York, is the seventh in a series of annual reports about how children in the UK feel about their lives.  This report reveals that children are struggling with their identity and alarming numbers are self-harming.  Pressure to fit in is making children unhappy – from how they look, to their sexuality, to how boys and girls must behave. Twice as many girls are self-harming as boys, and almost half of children attracted to the same or both genders self-harm.

Children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour

The Centre of expertise on child sexual abuse has published key messages from research on children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviour (HSB). The research looks at:

  • what is known about children and young people who display HSB
  • HSB and the internet
  • effective assessment of children and young people displaying HSB
  • effective interventions
  • preventative approaches. 

Therapeutic interventions after abuse and neglect

NICE has published a quick guide [PDF] for practitioners and managers to support abused and neglected children, young people and their families. The guidance includes age appropriate evidence - based interventions to consider when working with children and young people who have experienced abuse and neglect as well as principles to consider. 

Transforming Children and young people's mental health provision

The Department of Health and Social Care and the Department for Education recently held a public consultation on ‘Transforming children and young people’s mental health provision: a green paper’.  The government have now published their response to the consultation setting out what they heard and the next steps for implementing the green paper’s proposals. Access the original consultation and the government's response.

Children's Social Care data in England 2017-2018

Ofsted has published its latest annual report on social care inspections and outcomes for local authorities and regulated social care provisions.  This data will be used for policy development; enhancing insight into the sector; and contributing to the reviews of inspection frameworks.

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