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Ministers could bring in a commissioner to oversee children's services at cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council after an Ofsted report found "serious concerns" about the department.Inspectors said children referred to social care services in the county were "not consistently or effectively assessed, supported or protected" in a letter to chief executive…
Increasing income tax or national insurance contributions should be considered by the Government to avoid the collapse of adult social care, councils have warned.The Local Government Authority (LGA) said that the current system was at "breaking point" after decades of underfunding by successive administrations, and needed a massive cash injection.Ahead…
Social Work now has a new champion, albeit in the unlikely guise of the new industry regulator. As part of the 2017 Children’s and Social Work Act, the Government introduced a new regulatory body in the form of Social Work England (SWE). The new body has powers to implement change…
England's chief care inspector has warned of "shocking" failings over people in care homes.Andrea Sutcliffe, the Care Quality Commission's (CQC) chief inspector of adult social care, said some care services had put patients at risk of "harm and potentially death".She also lambasted some services people receive at home, saying that…
High-ranking barrister Max Hill QC has pledged to build public trust in the criminal justice system as he takes over from Alison Saunders as Director of Public Prosecutions on Thursday. The former terrorism watchdog takes charge of the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) after months in which it has been heavily…
Charities must change to meet public expectations of behaviour if they are to survive and help "those who feel they've been let down", the head of the sector's regulator is to warn. Charity Commission chair Baroness Stowell of Beeston (pictured) will tell an audience at the Royal Society of Arts…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today announced the appointment of Lorraine Gray as its new Chief Executive. Ms Gray was appointed Interim Chief Executive in the spring, following Anna Fowlie’s move to the Scottish Council for Voluntary Organisations. Ms Gray has a long association with the SSSC, most recently…
Adult social care is increasingly fragile and requires more short-term Government funding to tide it over until reform measures are introduced, a report warns. Despite a £2.3 billion boost this year the sector remains at risk from market failures, reduced investment in prevention and the continuing knock-on from the NHS…
Heléna Herklots CBE has been named as the new Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, the Welsh Government has announced. Heléna is currently Chief Executive of Carers UK, the national membership charity for the UK’s 6.5 million carers. She has had over 30 years’ experience of supporting and working with older…
The Department of Health and Social Care had today announced the appointment of Colum Conway as the first Chief Executive of Social Work England, the new specialist regulator for social workers in England. Mr Conway is the current chair of the regulatory body for social work in Northern Ireland, the…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has announced the appointment of Geraldine (Gerry) Nosowska as the association’s new chair. Gerry (pictured) will take over from existing chair Guy Shennan at the Annual General Meeting on 13 June. The appointment follows an election process that included a live webinar hustings…
Save the Children's international chairman has resigned amid what he described as the "complex mix of challenges" facing the charity sector. Sir Alan Parker said he believed a change was needed, leading him to step down from his role eight months before his 10-year term was due to end. Sir…
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