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What happens to children who are referred for help, but don’t meet the threshold for support? When things are bad, but not quite bad enough? A lot of work has gone into encouraging people to contact children’s services when they are worried about a child, and it's good news that…
Thousands of children in England referred to social services over concerns including abuse and neglect are not getting the help they need, a charity has said. Action for Children has warned that up to 140,000 youngsters do not meet the threshold for social care and are not referred to early…
Families who pay for overnight care for loved ones with a learning disability could be forced to find tens of thousands of pounds in back pay for carers, a charity has said. A change in guidance on pay for carers who provide so-called "sleep-in" care could leave some families liable…
Three-quarters of councils in England overspent on their children's services budgets by more than half a billion pounds, council leaders have warned. Figures for the 152 English councils which provide children's social care services showed 113 (75%) spent more than they had budgeted for, while 38 spent less in 2015/16,…
The number of patients being kept in hospital who are well enough to leave has risen slightly, new figures have shown. Official statistics from a census carried out in hospitals in June found 1,300 people had to stay in hospital due to delayed discharge, also known as bed-blocking. Delayed discharge…
Richard Banks shares some ideas being considered by the Residential Forum for a neighbourhood approach to designing models of residential and supported living. How did social care get to be in such a difficult place? The quick answer is that successive governments in England have perpetuated a policy vacuum for…
Game Of Thrones star Kit Harington has urged the public to back a campaign about overnight care for people with learning disabilities. The 30-year-old, who plays Jon Snow in the hit TV series, has waded into the row over back pay for overnight carers. Harington (pictured), who is an ambassador…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has announced the appointment of Declan McAllister as their new Director of Registration and Corporate Services. Many will already know Declan from his work as Corporate Services Manager with the Northern Ireland Guardian ad Litem Agency (NIGALA). Declan worked for NIGALA for 21…
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