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Care workers are launching a series of strikes in protest at plans to cut their pay or change shifts. Around 120 members of Unison employed by Sirona at care homes in Bath and other areas of north-east Somerset will walk out for two hours on Wednesday and every other day…
A fashion student has been acquitted of murdering her former partner who died by euthanasia after she threw acid over him as he lay sleeping. Berlinah Wallace, 48, meticulously researched acid attacks and purchased a bottle of 98% concentration sulphuric acid online after Mark van Dongen left her for another…
Councils cannot charge people for the first six weeks of intermediate care, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned, following an investigation into a complaint about North Somerset Council. The warning comes after a family complained North Somerset Council was not clear about the care home fees they…
A report by Bristol Safeguarding Children Board has found the murder of Becky Watts could not have been predicted or prevented. The 33-page review detailed how Becky's mother Tanya Watts and father Darren Galsworthy separated when she was born and she spent her early life living with her mother. Her…
Bristol Safeguarding Children Board (BSCB) have today (15 March) published the report of a review commissioned following the tragic murder of Becky Watts by her step-brother who, along with his then partner, were convicted of murder and manslaughter respectively and sentenced in November 2015. The report considers the involvement of…
Becky Watts reported feeling "scared" of being abducted to social workers more than three years before she was murdered in a sexually motivated kidnap plot, a report has revealed. The 16-year-old was attacked in her bedroom by her stepbrother Nathan Matthews, 31, after he hatched a plot to abduct her…
Nationwide changes should be made to the way care placements are managed, a report has said, after an inquiry into the "cruel" mistreatment of residents at a care home for autistic adults. Mendip House, near Highbridge, Somerset, was closed in November 2016 after whistleblowers made abuse allegations and the home…
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…
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