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New workplace guidance has been issued to help ensure businesses are following the law when managing staff who have a particular religion or belief. The conciliation service Acas suggested that religion is not mentioned in job adverts, and that workers do not miss out on promotion opportunities because of religious…
Schools have been given new guidance to deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and harassment. The Department for Education guidelines, which will come into force in September, set out advice for schools on how to manage reports of abuse and require staff to hold more than one emergency contact…
Today, to mark the start of Deaf Awareness Week, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has launched a new practice guide to help social workers to better serve people with hearing problems, available here. The BASW Acquired Hearing Loss Practice Guidance has been produced by a small group of…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) have produced a new video explaining their social media guidance for social service workers. There are many parts of the Codes of Practice for Social Service Workers that are relevant to social media. The video animation explains how workers can use the guidance to…
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…
New guidance to dispel myths around fostering and adopting has been launched in a bid to boost the number of Muslims helping children in care. The first Islamic Guidance Document on Adoption and Fostering in the UK aims to address a shortfall and counteract a belief held by some within…
The knowledge and skills statements are the foundation for the introduction of a post-qualification specialist career pathway for child and family social workers. They’re important for: child and family social work education recruitment career development performance appraisal These statements will form the basis of the national assessment and accreditation system…
Girls are being given a tool to educate them about female anatomy in a bid to stem the rising tide of requests for so-called designer vaginas. Experts said the booklet has been designed in response to an increasing number of girls and women with cosmetic genital concerns requesting surgery despite…
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…
Some breast cancer patients could be offered hormone therapy for a decade under new NHS guidelines. And all women who have a mastectomy due to breast cancer should be offered immediate breast reconstruction, under draft National Institute for Health and Care Excellence guidelines. Meanwhile, some women should be offered bisphosphonates…
Everyone has the right to have personal relationships, including people with learning disabilities. It’s vital that adult social care workers have the right values, skills and knowledge to support people with personal relationships – and training is a vital part of this. New guidance, from Skills For Care, aims to…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched a detailed guide for social work and social care staff on how to raise concerns in their workplace. As part of their roles and responsibilities, NISCC is required to produce and publish Standards of Conduct and Practice expected of social workers…
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