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  • Jimmy Savile – Co-ordinating the response

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    Over the weekend further allegations have come to light that Jimmy Savile manipulated a position of power and trust to sexually assault patients. It is reported that he was a volunteer at Broadmoor Hospital for over four decades. That brings us allegations in social care, at the BBC, in hospitals and in a secure psychiatric hospital. Unsurprisingly, compensation claims […]

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  • “Listening to Troubled Families”

    Christian Webb-Jenkins

    A report by Louise Casey, an adviser to this government and the last on social issues, has been published today. It discusses the problems facing “troubled” families and proposes how to turn these families’ lives around. Louise interviewed 16 families. It will surprise no one that she found unemployment, domestic violence, juvenile delinquency and educational […]

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  • Are your social workers sufficiently proficient?

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    It has been reported that from 1 August the Health and Care Professions Council will be expecting social workers to meet standards relevant to their area of practice.  The standards can be found here . It’s a 20 page document, setting out the 15 key  expectations of social workers from being able to “practise safely […]

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  • Legal changes key to delivering dignity in care of older people

    Christian Webb-Jenkins

    Delivering Dignity is the latest in a line of reports highlighting deficiencies in adult care. While these reports are important, what everyone really wants to see is resulting improvements on the front line of service delivery. Greater clarity in the legal obligations on service providers would help, and there is perhaps reason to be more […]

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  • Passing on the PCT baton

    Emily Birkett

    After much debate and 2,000 amendments, the Health and Social Care Bill finally received Royal Assent yesterday. But what does this mean for Primary Care Trusts (PCTs), apart from confirming their eventual dissolution? After all, much work has already been done: PCTs are merged into clusters and are delegating their responsibilities to newly formed shadow […]

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  • Adoption scorecards v stable adoption

    Kate Bear

    Local authorities will need to ensure that quality is not compromised as the new adoption scorecards are introduced, the first of which is due out in the next few weeks. Under the scheme local authorities will be scored on how long it takes to find adoptive parents for children in care. In principle this is […]

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  • Have some compassion for carers too

    Kate Bear

    Today sees the publication of a report by the Commission on Improving Dignity in Care for Older People. The media coverage is misleading. It says this report is another jeremiad on elderly care in this country. Actually it is nothing of the sort. It looks to the future, and suggests ways to improve care. Rather […]

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  • Adoption reform – lets not apportion blame for the “b...

    Sarah Erwin-Jones

    Government plans to launch a national adoption plan reform in the current system has met with mixed views. Last month it was announced that a record number of care applications had been issued in the family courts. If Michael Gove’s proposals that:- social workers should intervene “early and energetically” more readily, and adoption support is […]

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  • PCT’s community services plans “CIC’d” into touch

    Jonathan Hayden

    NHS Gloucestershire’s plans to transfer its community services to a newly formed community interest company (CIC) have been shelved following a judicial review challenge. The challenge was brought by a local resident who claimed that the primary care trust (PCT) had not followed a proper process before deciding to award the community services contract (reportedly […]

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  • Ignore the risk of grooming at your peril

    Dai Durbridge

    The debate on the safeguarding proposals in the Protection of Freedoms Bill continued today. And, regardless of expert views to the contrary, the government refuses to accept the risk of grooming posed by people who will be able to work with children unchecked. As the Bill stands a ‘supervised volunteer’ in a school would not […]

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