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A former Swansea social worker has been given an admonishment for three years after a hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his misconduct. Fraser Scott was accused of failing to fully investigate bruising on a young person in care following an incident in October 2015. At…
Care for the elderly is "on the brink of collapse", a charity has warned. A new report from the charity Independent Age states that chronic under-funding of social care in England means that older people are being "increasingly let down" by the system. It suggests that if current trends continue,…
Council social services bosses have apologised to a mother-of-three who says she went through "five months of absolute hell" after limits were unfairly placed on when she could see her children. Lawyers representing the woman say Cumbria County Council staff wrongly restricted the amount of contact she could have with…
An increasing number of older people are being admitted to hospital for conditions which should have been dealt with at home due to failures in the care for people in the community, a charity has warned. Age UK said the safety net for older people living at home is failing…
Social services bosses at a London council have been criticised by a judge over the way they handled a case involving a severely-disabled Colombian woman who was living in England but wanted to be cared for in South America. Mr Justice Newton said the woman had suffered a cardiac arrest…
A former finance manager for Kensington and Chelsea Council has admitted defrauding around £60,000 from the Grenfell Tower victim fund. Jenny McDonagh took £62,000 meant for survivors of the tragedy using pre-paid credit cards. She spent the funds on trips to Dubai and Los Angeles, expensive dinners and online gambling.…
The number of adults aged 65 and over needing round-the-clock care will rise by over a third to more than one million during the next 20 years, experts have suggested. The number of over-85s requiring 24-hour care will almost double to 446,000 in England by 2035, according to a new…
A man has lost a fight to regain the care of his teenage daughter after a family court judge concluded that he found it "difficult to say no" to her. Judge Joanna Vincent said she was concerned that the man was unable to set behaviour boundaries. She decided that the…
A new national response unit will be established to help local authorities support vulnerable children at risk of exploitation by criminal gangs, Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi has announced. Backed by up to £2million investment, will offer bespoke support to local councils to help stop child sexual exploitation, trafficking,…
England has been "left behind in the race" to resolve its social care funding problems, a charity has warned. Age UK said an entire generation of elderly people had "lost out" after various proposed care reforms had been left to "gather dust". The comments come after a new report compared…
Cash-strapped councils were forced to overspend on their children's social care budgets while shaving nearly £500 million off their collective expenditure last year compared with the previous 12 months, official data shows. Authorities were forced to slash spending in areas such as public health, transport services and corporate services in…
An announcement on abortion buffer zones is expected from Home Secretary Sajid Javid next month, heightening campaigners' hopes for victory. A cross-party campaign to stop the harassment and abuse of women on their way into abortion centres, led by Labour MP Rupa Huq, is calling for national legislation following the…
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