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      29.04.2001 16:37
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      'Community Care' is the 'trade' magazine for what the magazine itself terms as 'social care professionals'. Particularly, it is aimed at Social Workers (all branches). Having said that you would probably not expect it to be a dazzling and exciting read in your spare time, but for passing a few hours at work, looking like you are studying the latest research data (when you are actually trawling through the jobs section) it is a perfect little number. It is possible to buy the magazine at newsagents. It comes out to subscribers every Thursday and is in the shops every Thursday and costs about £2. I say 'about' £2, because as anyone who has ever set foot inside a social services dept will know, these magazines are provided to all the staff as a matter of professional development. Many a happy (?) Thursday lunchtime has been spent passing round the 'Community Care'. As for the content of the magazine, it contains a number of pages of latest news. New government initiatives usually, and an update on the legal issues (which local authorities are being taken to court and what the outcome is/was). There are usually a number of 'lead articles' about issues in the field of social care. Recent examples include issues particularly relating to children with refugee status and how to find appropriate placements, the new health/social work joint initiatives in care for the elderly, the new three year diploma in social work and other things that probably wouldn't be terribly interesting for people not directly involved in the field. There is a letters page, which is always good value and particularly useful, is the column where a social worker will 'talk through' one of the challenges they have faced and run a full risk assessment of a real case and then this is evaluated by an independent person, for example, someone might write about a man with paranoid schizophrenia with a histor y of violence who wishes to return to his family and young children and the worker would balance up rights against risks and then a spokesman from MIND would provide the independent view. There is a page about recent research and requests for research information which can be quite useful, and there a page of recent book reviews which it also worth a read. The piece de resistance is however, the jobs section.. it is always full of masses of work which is quite comforting if you are feeling a bit miserable in your work. About 90% of the work is for qualified social workers and about 50% is in London which just speaks for itself about the state of the profession. As for the magazine, it really is essential reading for social workers or 'social care professionals'. It keeps you up to date with all the gossip in the professional field, as well as well-supplied with thousands of new and inviting job adverts to wave in front of your boss as appropriate! (no.. I'm really not that bad!!).

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      03.07.2000 06:24
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      "The Voice of Social Care" - it most certainly is. This weekly publication is the bible of social care. Community Care is the weekly magazine for everyone in social care in the statutory and voluntary sectors, and for local and central government policy makers and academics. It contains breaking news across the whole spectrum and is an essential source of information for students/workers in the field of social care. With 2 out of three health care professionals rating it as their main source of information - its usefulness cannot be understated. As well as the magazine format (which is discounted heavily for students at only £54 a year as opposed to £1.55 as week, their web site www.community-care.co.uk is an invaluable source of archive material, jobs galore, news, advice and research as well as an extensive "links" section which will take you to more relevant places for your studies/research. Take a look and see for yourself.

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