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Vast majority of English local authorities set to increase council tax

27 March 2017 England

Vast majority of English local authorities set to increase council tax

Nine out of 10 local authorities in England are increasing their level of council tax from April, a new survey has found. Residents in some areas will see their bills rise by as much as 5%, as councils take full advantage of new powers to top up their charges...

Inquiry finds children’s social care services 'in crisis and could get even worse'

21 March 2017 England

Inquiry finds children’s social care services 'in crisis and could get even worse'

An inquiry into the social care of children and young people, has found the system is struggling to keep pace with the rising numbers of children and families who need help, with nearly 90% of senior managers saying they find it increasingly difficult to provi...

Funding squeeze sees home care contracts cancelled at 95 local authorities

20 March 2017 England

Funding squeeze sees home care contracts cancelled at 95 local authorities

Ninety-five councils have had home care contracts cancelled by private companies, an investigation has found. BBC Panorama found that agencies were struggling to deliver the care required with the funding offered, forcing the companies to end their contracts....

Report finds thousands of nursery workers paid below National Living Wage

17 March 2017 England

Report finds thousands of nursery workers paid below National Living Wage

Thousands of nursery workers are being paid below the National Living Wage even though their employers receive Government funding through childcare vouchers and subsidies for parents, a report claims. The Family and Childcare Trust said up to 20,000 staff in ...

Health & social work pay 'particularly weak' as public sector workers feel pinch

15 March 2017 England

Health & social work pay 'particularly weak' as public sector workers feel pinch

The average pay of public sector workers is falling following years of wage restraint coupled with rising inflation, a new report reveals. The Resolution Foundation forecast that average real pay will fall back below 2004/5 levels by the end of the current Pa...

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Creative writing competition launched for care experienced children in Scotland

Creative writing competition launched for care experienced children in Scotland

28 March 2017 Scotland

A brand new writing competition for all school-aged children in Scotland who are looked after or have experienced care has launched today. CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children) has teamed up with The Scottish Bo...

Council at centre of social care 'sweetheart deal' allegations to quit LGA

Council at centre of social care 'sweetheart deal' allegations to quit LGA

28 March 2017 England

The council at the centre of a row over allegations of a "sweetheart deal" on finance plans to leave the umbrella body for local authorities. Surrey County Council leader David Hodge (pictured) has written to the Local Government Asso...

CPS 'considering options' after man who admitted beating wife is spared jail

CPS 'considering options' after man who admitted beating wife is spared jail

28 March 2017 England

The Crown Prosecution Service has said it is "considering options" in the case of a man who was spared jail after he admitted beating his wife. Mustafa Bashir, 34, was given a suspended sentence at Manchester Crown Court last week for...

Mark Drakeford announces additional £20m for Welsh social care over next year

Mark Drakeford announces additional £20m for Welsh social care over next year

28 March 2017 Wales

Wales Finance Secretary Mark Drakeford has announced the Welsh Government will invest an additional £20m in social care in 2017-18. The extra funding is on top of the £25m for social care provided to local authorities through the Reve...

Judge slammed for 'shocking ignorance' over domestic abuse victim comment

Judge slammed for 'shocking ignorance' over domestic abuse victim comment

28 March 2017 England

A domestic abuse charity has criticised a judge who reportedly claimed a victim was "not vulnerable" because she was intelligent. Judge Richard Mansell QC gave Mustafa Bashir, 34, a suspended sentence after he admitted beating wife Fa...

Criticism over failure to publish ruling in case which saw teenager going into council care

Criticism over failure to publish ruling in case which saw teenager going into council care

28 March 2017 England

A former Liberal Democrat MP has criticised a family court judge for failing to publish a ruling in a case in which a Polish woman whose teenage daughter went into council care was found to be in contempt of court. John Hemming, who c...

Watchdog criticises lack of action after rise in suicides among female prisoners

Watchdog criticises lack of action after rise in suicides among female prisoners

28 March 2017 England

An official watchdog has hit out at a "lack of concerted and sustained action" following a jump in suicides among female prisoners. Prisons and Probation Ombudsman Nigel Newcomen said lessons identified in a new review of cases had be...

'Low-priority' items could go in NHS prescriptions shake-up to cut costs

'Low-priority' items could go in NHS prescriptions shake-up to cut costs

28 March 2017 England

Travel vaccinations, gluten-free foods and omega-3 supplements may no longer be available on the NHS under major cost-cutting plans. NHS England will next month launch a consultation as it works to develop new national guidelines to s...

£3bn in outstanding child maintenance payments 'may never be collected'

£3bn in outstanding child maintenance payments 'may never be collected'

28 March 2017 England

At least £3 billion in child maintenance payments ordered by the old Child Support Agency (CSA) may never be paid, the Whitehall spending watchdog has disclosed. The National Audit Office (NAO) said three-quarters of the £4 billion in...

Birmingham care home is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

Birmingham care home is rated Outstanding by the Care Quality Commission

28 March 2017 England

The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has found the quality of care provided by Victoria Lodge Care Home in Acocks Green, Birmingham, to be Outstanding overall following an inspection in January. Inspectors found Victoria Lodge, which pro...

Belfast Trust launch new three-year strategy to supporting carers in city

Belfast Trust launch new three-year strategy to supporting carers in city

28 March 2017 Northern Ireland

The Belfast Health & Social Care Trust has launched a carers strategy entitled ‘Caring Together in Belfast’ – A Plan for Supporting Carers in Belfast 2017 – 2020.  The key priorities of the strategy are: Reaching carers of all ages...

Appointments announced to substance misuse advisory panel in Wales

Appointments announced to substance misuse advisory panel in Wales

27 March 2017 Wales

Rebecca Evans, Minister for Social Services and Public Health, has announced appointments to the Advisory Panel on Substance Misuse. Richard Ives has been appointed as Chair of the Panel for an interim period of three months, running ...

Welsh Gov announce extra £7 million for innovative 'lifetime support' autism service

Welsh Gov announce extra £7 million for innovative 'lifetime support' autism service

27 March 2017 Wales

Welsh Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, has announced additional funding of £7 million for the National Integrated Autism Service.   The announcement brings the total amount of funding allocated to support...

Judge 'extremely disappointed' in social services staff over care of teenager

Judge 'extremely disappointed' in social services staff over care of teenager

27 March 2017 England

A High Court judge has criticised council social services staff over their care of a sick 15-year-old boy. Mr Justice Hayden said the teenager suffered from a variety of medical problems and had been placed at a residential unit under...

Referendum 'could push child mental health down priorities list', Scottish Labour

Referendum 'could push child mental health down priorities list', Scottish Labour

27 March 2017 Scotland

Mental health services for children and young people could be pushed further down the Scottish Government's priority list by plans for a second independence referendum, Labour has warned. Inequalities spokeswoman Monica Lennon said it...

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Webwatch: New Childline app to support vulnerable children via their smartphones

16 March 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: New Childline app to support vulnerable children via their smartphones

Children in need of help will be able to get counselling on their smartphones through a new app launched by the NSPCC's Childline. ...

Webwatch: Facebook employs artificial intelligence to identify warning signs of suicide

06 March 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Facebook employs artificial intelligence to identify warning signs of suicide

Facebook has started using a new artificial intelligence (AI) system to identify users showing warning signs of suicide. The AI has...

Webwatch: Digital toolkit aims to prevent falls amongst the elderly

28 February 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Digital toolkit aims to prevent falls amongst the elderly

The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has endorsed a new online toolkit developed by researchers at Keele Uni...

Webwatch: Skills for Health launch social media toolkit for healthcare sector

14 February 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Skills for Health launch social media toolkit for healthcare sector

Skills for Health has launched a comprehensive social media toolkit for the UK healthcare sector, providing healthcare organisations...

Webwatch: University team developing tool to monitor Brexit-related hate crime

10 February 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: University team developing tool to monitor Brexit-related hate crime

Researchers have been awarded a £250,000 grant to help the Government monitor Brexit-related hate crime on social media. A team at ...

Webwatch: Labour launch NHS incidents website to log experiences of substandard care

16 January 2017 Webwatch

Webwatch: Labour launch NHS incidents website to log experiences of substandard care

Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of being out of touch with the NHS crisis and launched a website to counter her claims the hea...

Webwatch: Artificial intelligence toolkit spots new child sexual abuse media online

02 December 2016 Webwatch

Webwatch: Artificial intelligence toolkit spots new child sexual abuse media online

New artificial intelligence software designed to spot new child sexual abuse media online could help police catch child abusers. ...

Webwatch: NISCC Domiciliary Care Toolkit App gets refresh with latest practice info

01 December 2016 Webwatch

Webwatch: NISCC Domiciliary Care Toolkit App gets refresh with latest practice info

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), regulator for the social care workforce in NI, has refreshed their Mobile Learning...

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Engage: Why gender can't be ignored when dealing with domestic violence

28 March 2017 Engage

Engage: Why gender can't be ignored when dealing with domestic violence

Domestic violence is a violation of human rights with damaging social, economic and health consequences. It is any incident of controlling, coercive, threatening behaviour, violence or abuse. That abuse can be psychological, emotional, physical, sexual an...

Engage: Bright future for social services apprenticeships

08 March 2017 Engage

Engage: Bright future for social services apprenticeships

As Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) Chief Executive Anna Fowlie speaks at the Future of Apprenticeships in Scotland conference in Edinburgh today, here she tells us why the Scottish Government’s approach to the apprenticeship levy is a big leap for...

Engage: LGA right to call for new money for social care, says BASW

21 February 2017 Engage

Engage: LGA right to call for new money for social care, says BASW

As the Local Government Association (LGA) today warns Council Tax rises in 2017/18 will not bring in enough money to prevent further extensive cuts to local services next year, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) is endorsing the LGA´s call f...

Engage: Five ways to improve physical health of people severe mental illness

14 February 2017 Engage

Engage: Five ways to improve physical health of people severe mental illness

People with severe mental illness (SMI) often have poorer physical health than the general population as they are more likely to experience unnecessary health inequalities and are unable to access the physical healthcare they need. To help address these ...

Engage: Remember the real lives behind Government U-Turn on Dubs amendment

10 February 2017 Engage

Engage: Remember the real lives behind Government U-Turn on Dubs amendment

The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has added its name to the growing criticism of the Government’s decision to change the arrangements for the care and resettlement of certain child refugees. The so-called ‘Dubs amendment’ scheme, created by...

Engage: Health & Social Care funding explained - In-depth Health Foundation analysis

09 February 2017 Engage

Engage: Health & Social Care funding explained - In-depth Health Foundation analysis

The Health Foundation have just launched a new online resource clarifying the current and possible future state of health and social care funding in the UK... The UK currently spends over £140bn a year on public provision of health and over £20bn on soci...

Engage: Why are more and more people seeking treatment for cannabis misuse?

09 February 2017 Engage

Engage: Why are more and more people seeking treatment for cannabis misuse?

Any call for drug policy reform in the UK is usually met with a standard response from the Home Office. It goes something like this: “Drug misuse among adults and young people has fallen in the last ten years and we are working to educate young people abo...

Engage: Britain’s criminal justice system doesn’t know what to do about autism

17 January 2017 Engage

Engage: Britain’s criminal justice system doesn’t know what to do about autism

Prison is not an easy ride – not least for those with autism spectrum disorder. We know from experience that some prisoners are more vulnerable to bullying and victimisation, more likely to be easily led and manipulated, and more vulnerable to sexual a...

Engage: Tips on reducing dinner stress for Christmas guests with dementia

22 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Tips on reducing dinner stress for Christmas guests with dementia

People who are hosting somebody with dementia for Christmas dinner are being urged to think about how they set the table to reduce stress levels. New tips suggest allowing people with dementia to graze on items such as sausage rolls, pigs in blankets and...

Engage: Social care sector in dire need of urgent reform

20 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Social care sector in dire need of urgent reform

There is a desperate need to bring new money into the social care system but existing proposals will not deliver this, says Professor Les Mayhew from the Cass Business School at City, University of London. The government’s proposals to use council tax to...

Engage: Richard Humphries asks, what now for social care?

12 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Richard Humphries asks, what now for social care?

Widespread dismay has greeted the omission of any reference in the 2016 Autumn Statement to the parlous state of social care funding. While few expected any fresh announcements about more money for the NHS, the level of unanimity in the calls for social c...

Engage: Charity helping Syrian children overcome psychological trauma of war

12 December 2016 Engage

Engage: Charity helping Syrian children overcome psychological trauma of war

Syrian children now living as refugees in Lebanon are being given psychological care to help them overcome the trauma of war thanks to support from a Scottish charity. The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf) is helping to fund its partner ag...

Education & Training

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Researchers highlight range of mental health benefits from walking football study

28 March 2017

Researchers highlight range of mental health benefits from walking football study

New research from Abertay University has found organised football sessions have a direct improvement on the lives of people with mental health conditions like schizophrenia and bi-polar disorder. Since December 2015, Abertay academics Emma...

Blame culture preventing parents accessing mental health support for children

24 March 2017

Blame culture preventing parents accessing mental health support for children

Parents feeling blamed for their child’s mental health difficulties has been cited as a common reason for them not seeking support, according to new research from the University of Reading. Feelings that others are dismissive or blame pa...

Edgehill event challenges myths and assumptions on treatment of youth offenders

22 March 2017

Edgehill event challenges myths and assumptions on treatment of youth offenders

Myths and assumptions about the ten million UK citizens with a criminal record were addressed at a Positive Youth Justice event held at Edgehill University last week. Guest speakers included Professor Stephen Case, a criminologist speciali...

Exeter researchers in call for 750 dementia carers to participate in online therapy study

22 March 2017

Exeter researchers in call for 750 dementia carers to participate in online therapy study

A new study is inviting people who care for someone with dementia to help investigate whether an online therapy can help carers cope with feeling of stress, anxiety or depression. Researchers are looking for up to 750 carers from anywhere ...

Burnham offers Salford students insight into issues surrounding health & social care

22 March 2017

Burnham offers Salford students insight into issues surrounding health & social care

Greater Manchester mayoral candidate Andy Burnham discussed the future of health and social care across the region when he visited the University of Salford. The Leigh MP, who has served as both Secretary of State and Shadow Secretary of S...

Bangor University introduce new pioneering degree for mental health counsellors

22 March 2017

Bangor University introduce new pioneering degree for mental health counsellors

One in four adults experience mental health difficulties in any given year, and mental health issues account for the largest single cause of disability in the UK. The NHS has pledged to invest more than one billion pounds to transform ment...

Centre for human rights to host 'thought-provoking' series of social justice events

22 March 2017

Centre for human rights to host 'thought-provoking' series of social justice events

Sheffield will turn the spotlight on tough issues such as human trafficking, recovering from drug addiction and policing during a week of hard-hitting public events. Social Justice Week (April 3-7), organised by Sheffield Hallam Universi...

Bradford social work students given unique career insight with Sharon Shoesmith visit

16 March 2017

Bradford social work students given unique career insight with Sharon Shoesmith visit

Social work students at Bradford College were given a unique insight into the career they are pursuing by visiting speaker Sharon Shoesmith. Ms Shoesmith was controversially sacked from her post as director of children’s services at Haring...

University of Edinburgh secure £20m funding for autism research

07 March 2017

University of Edinburgh secure £20m funding for autism research

Researchers from the University of Edinburgh hoping to develop new treatments for autism have received a £20 million funding boost from a US philanthropic foundation. The Simons Foundation has pledged the investment for studies into the bi...

Study links autoimmune diseases including MS to increased risk of dementia

02 March 2017

Study links autoimmune diseases including MS to increased risk of dementia

People who suffer autoimmune diseases such as multiple sclerosis (MS) may have an elevated risk of developing dementia, a new study suggests. Researchers have linked autoimmune disease to an increased risk of going on to suffer dementia. ...

New education and training framework launched for end-of-life care workforce

01 March 2017

New education and training framework launched for end-of-life care workforce

Skills for Health, Health Education England and Skills for Care have today announced a new End of Life Care Core Skills Education and Training Framework, with the aim of providing tailored, high-quality care and support to patients with adv...

Study finds deprivation in early childhood can have lasting effect on adult mental health

28 February 2017

Study finds deprivation in early childhood can have lasting effect on adult mental health

Experiencing severe deprivation and neglect in childhood can have a lasting psychological impact into early adulthood, according to a unique study conducted at the University of Southampton, which has followed the mental health of a group o...

Plymouth secure funding for new pilot study into dementia drug treatment

24 February 2017

Plymouth secure funding for new pilot study into dementia drug treatment

Charity BRACE has provided funding to University of Plymouth scientists for a pilot study which could find a new drug treatment for dementia Scientists from Plymouth University Peninsula Schools of Medicine and Dentistry (PUPSMD) have...

Distinguished social work lecture to examine the plight of Samos refugees

21 February 2017

Distinguished social work lecture to examine the plight of Samos refugees

The plight of refugees arriving on the Greek Island of Samos will be told through first-hand experience in the latest distinguished lecture delivered by the Department of Social Work, Care and Justice. Chris Jones, former Professor of Soci...

Edge Hill partnership with hospice sees transforming effect in end-of-life care

20 February 2017

Edge Hill partnership with hospice sees transforming effect in end-of-life care

Edge Hill University and Southport’s Queenscourt Hospice have launched a module to teach professionals and those delivering frontline services how to provide the best possible state-of-the-art care. Over 25 professionals working in hospita...

Autism screening system could benefit millions of Indian children

14 February 2017

Autism screening system could benefit millions of Indian children

More than two million children in India could benefit from new research into a new low-cost ways to detect autism risk. A group of researchers, led by Professor Bhismadev Chakrabarti at the University of Reading, have been awarded a £585,0...

Pioneering social work education partnership launches in Sussex

14 February 2017

Pioneering social work education partnership launches in Sussex

The University of Sussex has teamed up with East Sussex County Council, Brighton & Hove City Council and the University of Brighton to launch a new teaching partnership. The South Coast Regional Centre for Education (SCRC), which has secur...

Birmingham launches new commission on young people's mental health prevention

14 February 2017

Birmingham launches new commission on young people's mental health prevention

The Rt Hon Paul Burstow, former Minister of State for Care Services and Professor of Mental Health Policy at the University of Birmingham, is to chair a new Birmingham Policy Commission focusing on mental health promotion and illness preven...

Queens University Belfast to host Applied Social Studies open morning

14 February 2017

Queens University Belfast to host Applied Social Studies open morning

Queens University Belfast are to host an open morning on their Post Qualifying courses offering pathways in Child Care, Mental Health, Strategy and Leadership, Systemic Practice and Family Therapy and Dual Diagnosis (Substance Misuse and Me...

Colleges referring more students with mental health issues directly to A&E

07 February 2017

Colleges referring more students with mental health issues directly to A&E

Further education colleges are referring increasing numbers of students with mental health problems directly to A&E, according to new research. A poll of 105 colleges - almost a third of the total in England - found three-quarters have ref...

Innovative piliot project sees GCU physiotherapy students deliver integrated home care

06 February 2017

Innovative piliot project sees GCU physiotherapy students deliver integrated home care

Older people have benefited from a pilot project which saw Glasgow Caledonian University (GCU) physiotherapy students provide care at home. The project was delivered in partnership with Carers Direct, NHS Highland, NES, Scottish Care, and ...

New Mental Health Framework aims to increase quality and consistency of care

03 February 2017

New Mental Health Framework aims to increase quality and consistency of care

Skills for Health, Health Education England, and Skills for Care have announced the launch of a new Core Skills Education and Training Framework for the mental health workforce, with the aim of increasing the quality and consistency of care...

Adult social care employers encouraged to apply to Workforce Development Fund

01 February 2017

Adult social care employers encouraged to apply to Workforce Development Fund

Skills for Care are encouraging large national organisations and lead organisations of employer led partnerships to apply to the Workforce Development Fund (WDF) to help develop the skills and knowledge of their workers. WDF has already he...

Sussex appoints social justice expert to lead School of Education & Social Work

27 January 2017

Sussex appoints social justice expert to lead School of Education & Social Work

The University of Sussex has appointed a renowned social justice expert to lead the School of Education and Social Work (ESW). Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson, who has been interim Head of School since the beginning of August 2016, has ...

New academy of excellence in Nottingham aims to raise standards in social work

27 January 2017

New academy of excellence in Nottingham aims to raise standards in social work

A new academy of excellence in Nottingham is the latest social work teaching partnership to get underway as it looks to continue to “raise the quality” of trainees and teaching. The D2N2 Teaching Partnership’s Social Work Academy will brin...

New Sheffield Hallam course aims to address Prime Minister's mental health plans

25 January 2017

New Sheffield Hallam course aims to address Prime Minister's mental health plans

A new course to help professionals identify mental health risks amongst children and young people has been developed by Sheffield Hallam University.    Following the Prime Minister's pledge to 'transform' attitudes to mental health, acad...

Teenagers who access mental health services see significant improvements, study

18 January 2017

Teenagers who access mental health services see significant improvements, study

Young people with mental health problems who have contact with mental health services are significantly less likely to suffer from clinical depression later in their adolescence than those with equivalent difficulties who do not receive tre...

Study finds patients with long term conditions overestimate life expectancy

13 January 2017

Study finds patients with long term conditions overestimate life expectancy

A review of studies examining perceived life expectancy among people with long term health conditions has found patients may overestimate their life expectancy. In a review of more than 700 patients from the UK, Netherlands and the USA w...

Birmingham reseachers find 'just about managing' families need more help to save

13 January 2017

Birmingham reseachers find 'just about managing' families need more help to save

Three-fifths of low and middle income households are currently unable to save money, while for people already saving, the ratio between spending and saving is dramatically falling, researchers say. A new report from CHASM, University of Bi...

Prejudice and bullying against children in care explored in Childhood Studies conference

12 January 2017

Prejudice and bullying against children in care explored in Childhood Studies conference

Many inspirational figures in popular culture – from Harry Potter to Superman – were fostered, adopted or institutionalised as youngsters. Wider recognition of this could help to dispel prejudice against children in care, claimed poet, dram...

MMU history project looks to ease winter loneliness for older people in Stockport

20 December 2016

MMU history project looks to ease winter loneliness for older people in Stockport

Academics at Manchester Metropolitan University are working in partnership with Age UK Stockport to help combat loneliness for older people during the festive period and winter months. A recent study conducted by Age UK has shown that cert...

Researchers announce potential advance in drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

20 December 2016

Researchers announce potential advance in drug treatment for Alzheimer’s disease

An international team of scientists has announced a new advance in the fight against Alzheimer’s disease by identifying a new drug target for not only improving symptoms of brain degeneration – but also to extend the life-span of the termin...

University of Gloucestershire gets green light for new nursing degree in 2017

20 December 2016

University of Gloucestershire gets green light for new nursing degree in 2017

The University of Gloucestershire has been given the green light to offer a new nursing degree from September 2017, after the course was approved, subject to conditions, by the Nursing and Midwifery Council. This new course aims to tackle ...

Plymouth initiative aims to improve integration of health and social care services

20 December 2016

Plymouth initiative aims to improve integration of health and social care services

From lay input in research to how a clinic runs, from medical revalidation to patient forums, healthcare professionals increasingly need effective patient input if they are to provide a relevant, sustainable and effective service. Conv...

Researchers identify barriers stopping minority groups accessing mental health services

20 December 2016

Members of black and minority ethnic (BME) groups face barriers to mental health services because of a communication breakdown between healthcare users and providers, and cultural factors, such as an inability to accept mental health proble...

Record gap between rich and poor students winning university places

15 December 2016

Record gap between rich and poor students winning university places

The gulf between the numbers of rich and poor children winning university places has reached record levels, figures from Ucas show. Students who received free school meals - the long-time indicator of poverty - are less than half as likely...

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Evidence Review: Childhood neglect and abuse - comparing placement options

28 March 2017 Reports & Resources

Evidence Review: Childhood neglect and abuse - comparing placement options

The initial impetus for the commissioning of this evidence review was a commitment set out in 'Adoption: A vision for change (2016)' to produce 'an in...

Consultation: Supervisory & management qualifications for adult services (Scotland)

28 March 2017 Reports & Resources

Consultation: Supervisory & management qualifications for adult services (Scotland)

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are considering making changes to the supervisory and management qualification requirements for registrati...

Report: Children’s Services Workforce 2015 (Scotland) - New SSSC data report

28 March 2017 Reports & Resources

Report: Children’s Services Workforce 2015 (Scotland) - New SSSC data report

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has published the Children’s Services Workforce 2015 report which provides a more detailed breakdown of th...

Iriss Insight: Gypsy Travellers - Human rights and social work's role

28 March 2017 Reports & Resources

Iriss Insight: Gypsy Travellers - Human rights and social work's role

Friday 24 March saw the launch of Iriss Insight 35 - Gypsy Travellers: Human rights and social work's role - at an event to start conversations to bri...

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Talented graduates encouraged to apply to social work fast-track programme

28 March 2017 New To Care

Talented graduates encouraged to apply to social work fast-track programme

Graduates across the country are being encouraged to apply to a fast-track programme to become the next generation of child and family social workers. Applications ...

RGU opens its doors to new applicants for adult nursing qualification

22 March 2017 New To Care

RGU opens its doors to new applicants for adult nursing qualification

Robert Gordon University’s (RGU) School of Nursing and Midwifery will host an event this week for anyone with an interest in becoming an adult nurse. The event will...

Explore careers in allied health & social work at Oxford Brookes event

02 March 2017 New To Care

Explore careers in allied health & social work at Oxford Brookes event

Next week (6 – 11 March) is National Careers Week and Oxford Brookes University will be holding a careers evening in partnership with Oxford Health NHS Foundation Tr...

Could volunteering with Barnardo’s open new career paths for you?

24 February 2017 New To Care

Could volunteering with Barnardo’s open new career paths for you?

Amy Speakman began volunteering at her local Barnardo’s shop as part of her college course, hoping to gain some life skills and valuable work experience. But she ma...

Career Advice

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Most workers would not discuss a mental health problem with their manager

28 March 2017 Career Advice

Most workers would not discuss a mental health problem with their manager

Employees feel as though they cannot talk about mental health problems in the workplace, a new poll suggests. Three-quarters of people said they woul...

Oxfam rated by staff as top not-for-profit employer

23 March 2017 Career Advice

Oxfam rated by staff as top not-for-profit employer

Oxfam has come top of a list of the best not-for-profit employers, as rated by its staff. The charity scored consistently highly in categories includ...

More care workers being denied guaranteed hours or basic employment rights

07 February 2017 Career Advice

More care workers being denied guaranteed hours or basic employment rights

The number of workers without guaranteed hours or basic employment rights has soared by more than 660,000 in the past five years, a study reveals. Th...

'Zero tolerance' of discrimination against expectant or new mothers at work

27 January 2017 Career Advice

'Zero tolerance' of discrimination against expectant or new mothers at work

Pregnant women and new mothers could be given greater protection from being sacked under Government plans. Business minister Margot James said there ...