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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 provides accommodation with personal care for up to 24 older people, staff were caring and…
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 the care of Westminster City Council some months ago. But…
A new report from the Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University highlights how taking a performance management approach can help Councils deliver outcomes and better manage demand in adult social care. The paper, co-authored by Visiting Professor John Bolton (pictured) and IPC Assistant Director Philip Provenzano, provides…
A council which failed to alert border agencies when a mother took her children to Australia without their father’s consent, has been asked by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) to pay the father’s expenses to return them. Somerset County Council first became aware of the family when the father visited…
The Care Inspectorate has today published the first ever thematic report on inspections of services for adults with learning disabilities in Scotland. The report shows that the overwhelming majority of care is performing well, and in most cases continuing to improve. There are some outstanding examples of care which is…
A social worker has been found unfit to practise and removed from the Social Care Register after a Care Council for Wales Fitness to Practise hearing found he’d downloaded indecent images of children. The hearing at the Care Council’s Cardiff office last week heard that Michael Robert Paton was found…
There are "serious gaps" in crisis care for children with mental health problems, a new report has warned. One in 10 local health areas has no plan to improve crisis care for young people, according to the Education Policy Institute. This is despite acknowledgement from the Government for clinical commissioning…
The dedication and achievement of social workers across Scotland was recognised when Childcare and Early Years Minister Mark McDonald presented the SASW Social Work Awards earlier today. The annual Scottish Association of Social Work awards were held in Edinburgh on World Social Work Day before an audience of 120 guests,…
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