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Campaigners are due to begin a High Court challenge against a council's ban on demonstrations outside an abortion clinic. Ealing Council was the first in the country to create a 100-metre protest-free "buffer zone" outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough. Alina Dulgheriu, a representative for campaign…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Northern Ireland has published deeply concerning research findings detailing social workers’ experiences of being subjected to intimidation, threats and violence. Their report, Insult and Injury, presents the results of a survey open to all social workers in Northern Ireland. Eighty-six per cent of…
Cases of syphilis in England are at their highest level for nearly 70 years, new figures show. A total of 7,137 new diagnoses of syphilis were made in 2017, a jump of 20% on the previous year, and more than double the number recorded in 2012. It is the largest…
A qualified nurse has had a one-year-old boy taken from her care after a social worker raised concern about the way she let him sit in a Bob The Builder toy car, which was "inappropriate" for his age. The social worker told a family court judge how she had concerns…
Social services bosses at a London council who were criticised over the way they handled a case involving the care of a child have failed in a bid to keep a family court judge's ruling under wraps. Recorder Corraine Sadd has published a ruling in which she complains of a…
A social worker from Wrexham has been removed from the Social Care Wales register after a fitness to practise hearing found he had put the young people in his care at risk of serious harm. Les Woods was accused of multiple failings between March 2016 and June 2017, including failing…
A little boy who slipped into a coma after being given a "potentially life-threatening" dose of a drug used in the treatment of epilepsy must live with a foster carer, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Kambiz Moradifar has also decided that three other children in the family must…
More than 160,000 people are "trapped" in debt because they cannot afford to pay for their social care, according to a new study. Freedom of Information requests submitted by the GMB union to every local authority in Britain with responsibility for social care revealed that almost 1,200 people have been…
A war of words has broken out between a local authority and the Scottish Government over a ‘missing’ £1 million intended for social care. Angus Council, who have denied any wrongdoing, say the money was not ring-fenced – but concerns have been raised in the Scottish Parliament about how it…
A service providing support for women at risk of having their children taken into care is being made available across Wales, Social Care Minister Huw Irranca-Davies has said. The Reflect programme was initially developed by Newport City Council, with the assistance of Barnardo’s Cymru, to support mothers following the compulsory,…
Thousands of "pinball kids" are being shunted around the care system, facing multiple changes to their home, school or social workers, a report warns. Just one in four children in care experienced no changes in 2016/17, according to a study by the Children's Commissioner, who warned that far too many…
Too many older people are living in misery as they are left waiting for months to receive care in their own home, a charity has warned. Older people and their families are paying the price of council cuts, with the provision of homecare services falling by three million hours since…
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