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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 Department for Education has published the Institute of Public Care’s evaluation of a range of innovations in Children’s Social Care in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight trialled during 2015-16. These innovations include: Multi-disciplinary teams working with families with ‘toxic trio’ issues Use of volunteers to work with young…
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…
Council bosses who took legal action against a mother-of-two because social workers feared she had links to Islamic State extremists should not have to pick up her lawyers' bills, a High Court judge has ruled. Bosses had persuaded a judge to bar the children from travelling abroad - and to…
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,…
A county council has been fined £60,000 after sensitive files about children were left in a cabinet sent to a second-hand shop as part of an office move. The Information Commissioner's Office (ICO) fined Norfolk County Council after a member of the public bought the cabinet and discovered the social…
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