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Two police officers have been sacked after accidentally leaving a message on a mother's voicemail saying they hoped her vulnerable child would "get raped". The Avon and Somerset Police officers were on their way to an incident involving the child when one of them rang the mother's mobile for more…
Police officers should not restrain people suspected of suffering from mental health problems, the police watchdog has said. They should instead use containment and de-escalation techniques when dealing with members of the public who could be mentally ill, the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) said. The recommendations are contained within…
In the build up to World Social Work day 2017 earlier this month, this evening seminar brought together a panel of eminent speakers from within the field of social work to discuss these contemporary issues affecting the profession. The seminar explored the challenges and opportunities for social work, across policy,…
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…
A family court judge has warned of the damage drugs can do after ruling that four children whose mother was an addict by the time she turned 20 must go into council care. Judge Stephen Wildblood said impressionable teenagers may think that drug taking was "cool". But he said it…
Somerset County Council has for the second time left a vulnerable boy with disabilities without the speech and language and occupational therapy support he needs, because officers did not know how to find him a therapist. The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has published a report censuring the council after the…
It was around this time last year that I first read about the Step Up to Social Work Programme in my local newspaper. I had worked in a good range of different Health and Social Care roles and was fostering at the time, but wanted a professional qualification which would…
Psychologists at the University of Bath hope new research will raise awareness of the ways in which increasing numbers of people – from migrants and carers to students and lone workers – are affected by episodes of loneliness. Loneliness continues to attract intense media attention, although the focus is almost…
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