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A woman who wanted to stop medics giving her 13-year-old autistic son an antipsychotic drug has lost a family court fight. The teenager, who has a severe learning disability, was living in a specialist residential unit and had been placed in the care of council social services bosses, a judge…
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…
Care providers can now download new guidance from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman to help them provide clearer cost information in their contracts for service users. Based on learning from its investigations, the Ombudsman’s guide offers good practice on how to approach Funded Nursing Care (FNC) payments and…
North Yorkshire County Council stopped paying for an elderly woman’s care home after it decided she gave away money to avoid paying the fees, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Following an investigation, the Ombudsman is now asking the council to reassess the woman’s finances and repay…
A pensioner has died after a fire at a residential care home, thought to have been caused by an exploding oxygen cylinder, the local authority has said. Emergency services were called to reports of a blaze at Woodlands View care home in Stevenage at around 4.30pm on Saturday. Hertfordshire County…
A residential child care worker from Merthyr Tydfil has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired. Barrie John Gilby was accused of failing to follow a child’s care plan by allowing unsupervised contact between the child…
A fire has engulfed a home for welfare recipients in northern Japan, killing 11 people and injuring three, officials said. Fire department officials said the residents were in their 40s to 80s, although most were elderly. The fire broke out before midnight on Wednesday in Sapporo, the main city on…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has published two new workforce data reports; one on children’s services and the other on adults’ services. The data in these reports supplements data already published in the annual Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2016 Workforce Data (SSSC, September 2017). The reports have…
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