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Children and young people in the care system can spend many hours with an escort service, being taken to school, healthcare appointments, contact sessions with family members or being relocated to a new area. That experience can have a huge impact on their sense of self-worth and wellbeing, and being…
Sharon Jeffreys from the Mental Health Intensive Support Team, NHS Improvement discusses the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s learning disabilities guideline and how organisations can work to improve local services. In my former role as a lead commissioner on behalf of four Clinical Commissioning Groups (CCGs) in…
Some say rules are made to be broken and according to research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, almost half (45.5%) of care workers have worked for a company that implemented strange or ridiculous rules. What’s more, the majority (70%) confessed that they weren’t happy about having to…
Jordan Peele, who won an Oscar for taking on racism with the film Get Out, will now target domestic abuse with a documentary on Lorena Bobbitt. Amazon announced the director, writer and comedian will be executive producer on the series, which will challenge the "long-held narrative" surrounding Bobbitt, who cut…
A new art installation representing the men who take their own lives each week in the UK has been revealed on the roof of This Morning's London studios. The sculptures of 84 men, made by American artist Mark Jenkins and his collaborator, Sandra Fernandez, represent those who commit suicide each…
Stephen Fry has said he sometimes feels he is in danger of becoming "professionally mentally unstable". The comedian and television star, 60, has bipolar disorder and has been open about his struggles with mental illness. He said on Fearne Cotton's Happy Place podcast: "There was and still is, and I…
In October 2017, Scotland became the only part of the UK where women are given the choice to take abortion medication at home. The decision by the Scottish government means women seeking “early abortion” in the first nine weeks of pregnancy can take the second of two necessary medications at…
The winners of the National Autistic Society’s Autism Professionals Awards were announced at a special ceremony in Harrogate last week. The top accolade, the Lifetime Achievement Award, went to philanthropist Dame Stephanie Shirley in recognition of her commitment to improving the lives of autistic people through her foundation. The annual…
A lack of essential nutrients is known to contribute to the onset of poor mental health in people suffering from anxiety and depression, bipolar disorder, schizophrenia and ADHD. Nutritional psychiatry is a growing discipline that focuses on the use of food and supplements to provide these essential nutrients as part…
On World Social Work Day 2018, what better way for West Sussex County Council to celebrate our work than to invite you to participate in our inaugural conference and explore the theme of direct work with children? The Munro Review highlighted that the only way to create a “child-centred” system…
A blast of intense cold weather dubbed the "Beast from the East" has reached the UK, with temperatures expected to dip below freezing throughout the week. The extreme temperatures mean the risks faced by rough sleepers are even greater, and campaigners warn it could be deadly for some forced to…
Balancing a healthy lifestyle and work can be hard for professionals. After a long day at work, it’s understandable that a trip to the gym may be the last thought on your mind. In fact, half of care professionals admit that they struggle to fit in exercise around their work.…
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