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Referrals to council children's services reached 646,120 last year, according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA).
Nearly 100 council leaders have written to the chancellor demanding extra funding for workers and an end to the public sector pay cap.
Five local authorities have been chosen to pilot the roll-out of the new National Assessment and Accreditation System (NAAS) for child and family social workers.
Three regions will take part in a new programme to help retrain 100 social workers who have left the profession.
A further suspension of the minimum wage enforcement in the social care sector has been announced by the Government.
Gary Pettengell warns that messy government data makes it impossible to predict outcomes for vulnerable children.
Social workers launched a campaign today demanding respect for their profession after report revealed they work more than £600m of unpaid overtime a year.
Vulnerable children are less likely to qualify for help from social services because of a growing lack of resources, according to new research.
More than half of social workers in the UK are considering leaving the profession in the next 18 months, a new survey has revealed.