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An inspection of Adult Services at Powys County Council has 'identified significant areas for improvement' outlined in a Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) report published today. The inspection, which took place in January, looked at how adults, their families and carers access information advice and assistance services and are supported and…
Social services dismissed two sisters as "troublesome teenagers" when they were told of sexual abuse at the hands of their mother and stepfather, and returned them repeatedly to their care, a court has heard. The two defendants, both in their 70s, are accused of repeatedly raping the older girl between…
Five women in red robes, their heads hooded, veils over their faces, silently watched as parliamentarians on the Isle of Man gathered on a grassy hillside last July. They had come, unannounced and shrouded in mystery, to demonstrate against the island's current abortion laws on Tynwald day - the Manx…
A woman who left her home in England when pregnant and travelled to Ireland to "escape the clutches" of social workers has lost the latest stage of a family court fight. The woman and her partner said they were settled in Ireland and wanted decisions about the future of their…
An additional £100,000 is to be invested by Inverclyde Council to help increase awareness and reduce the stigma of dementia. The Health & Social Care Committee has been updated on the implementation of the local dementia strategy. It aims to improve awareness and support so that people with dementia, their…
A wealthy antiques dealer has been jailed for at least 24 years for strangling his seven-year-old daughter. "Deceitful and manipulative" Robert Peters, 56, researched child killers online but kept his murderous plans secret from authorities, the Old Bailey heard. Last November, the former Israeli soldier throttled Sophia with a dressing…
Campaigners have taken the first step in a bid to take a council to court over a ban on demonstrations outside an abortion clinic. Ealing Council was the first in the country to create a protest-free safe zone outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough. Alina Dulgheriu,…
A leading judge has raised concern about the way "vulnerable and disturbed" children are being cared for. Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of the High Court and the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, says provision is inadequate. He has aired his thoughts…
Theresa May's former deputy has called for "radical and brave" change alongside extra cash to help social care services. Conservative former cabinet minister Damian Green said a forthcoming Government document outlining future proposals for the sector must seek to address the short and long-term challenges, as he also called on…
Former chief inspector of social services Lord Laming has told a health minister he needs to take the threat to one of the country's biggest private home care providers more seriously. The independent crossbencher said that vulnerable people dependent on services provided by Allied Healthcare were "living under the shadow"…
There is a "growing funding gap" in social care which must be filled, Labour has warned. Shadow minister for Mental Health and Social Care Barbara Keeley told MPs it was plain to see the strain social care was under from the weight of growing demand, reducing supply and the lack…
Investigators looking into police officers' roles in the Rotherham child sexual exploitation scandal have identified "potential misconduct", according to the police watchdog. The Independent Office for Police Conduct's (IOPC) inquiry into South Yorkshire Police's response to child sexual exploitation (CSE) over more than a decade in Rotherham "has grown significantly…
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