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An adoption agency's advertising claim that it used only "experienced competent assessors" has been banned following a complaint that it received an overall "inadequate" ranking from Ofsted. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found that the New Leaf Adoption agency's website claim, seen in March, was misleading in light of an…
A baby whose father had been found guilty of assaulting a child suffered serious injuries months after council social workers agreed he could be cared for at home, a family court judge heard. The man, who used "violent fantasy and gaming" to manage his emotions, had served a jail term…
The public's perception of autism will be one of the major themes explored next week as the Festival of Social Science returns to Sheffield. The free festival, which is funded by the Economic & Social Research Council, is a week-long series of events (4 November - 11 November) taking place…
Hundreds of alleged or convicted sex offenders have been placed in a prison to help tackle high levels of violence, according to a watchdog report. The "deliberate policy" apparently aimed at producing a "stabilising" effect was flagged up in an assessment of HMP Doncaster following an inspection in July. HM…
Sheffield University bosses have defended a decision to exclude a devout Christian who they say posted "derogatory" comments about lesbians, gay men and bisexuals on a Facebook page from a social work degree course. Felix Ngole, 39, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, has launched a human rights fight in the High…
A religious education teacher who said homosexuality was a sin during an online discussion has begun a human rights fight in the High Court after complaining that university bosses were wrong to throw him off a social work course. Felix Ngole, 39, of Barnsley, South Yorkshire, said he was lawfully…
An initiative to train GP receptionists in directing patients to different services if they do not require an appointment with a doctor has been trialled in parts of England. Some reception and clerical staff have been given enhanced roles as "care navigators" to help patients see the right person the…
A new large-scale clinical trial is testing the effectiveness of NHS home assessment strategies in preventing elderly people from falling unnecessarily Falling in elderly people is a common problem, with almost 50% of those over the age of 80 experiencing a fall each year. People fall for a variety of…
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