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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…
Detectives are investigating how a female carer died after suffering head injuries in the flat of a 95-year-old patient who is believed to suffer from dementia. The elderly man, who neighbours said was frail and uses a walking stick, has been arrested on suspicion of murder. Two ambulance crews arrived…
A woman was banned from visiting her mother in a Liverpool care home after she complained about her treatment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The woman, whose mother had been placed in a BUPA care home by Liverpool City Council (pictured), said she was banned by…
A mother and stepfather have been jailed for the rape of a girl who was returned to their care after social services dismissed her as "troublesome". The parents, now both in their 70s, abused the girl when she was around 13 for up to two months in 1978. A jury…
Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 potentially avoidable emergency admissions in England for patients with dementia. The charity said the figure has increased substantially over the last…
Most children and young people in care in Wales are doing well, with over three quarters experiencing a high level of placement stability, new research published today shows. The Welsh Government commissioned the Institute of Public Care (IPC) to carry out an analysis of outcomes for children and young people…
Devon County Council is to give health and social care workers and job seekers wishing to enter the profession the chance to learn new maths, English, care and IT skills. Varied shift patterns and irregular hours can make it difficult for health & social care staff to attend regular training…
The former owner of a social care franchise has been sentenced at York Crown Court for defrauding his clients following an investigation by North Yorkshire County Council. The investigation found that James Poole, a former owner of the Bluebird Care franchise in Harrogate, financially abused his clients while in a…
The closure of scores of public toilets across Britain has caused social isolation for some elderly and disabled people, leading nurses have warned. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) has launched a campaign for local governments to provide accessible public facilities "catering for a broad range of needs". Cash-strapped councils…
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