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Hammond urged to put funding for children's services at heart of budget

23 October 2018 England

Hammond urged to put funding for children's services at heart of budget

A coalition of more than 120 charities, unions and campaign organisations have demanded extra cash for children's services in Philip Hammond's Budget.In an open letter to Theresa May and the Chancellor, the groups called for children to be placed at the heart ...

Gang of 20 jailed for 'inhuman' campaign of sexual abuse against vulnerable girls

19 October 2018 England

Gang of 20 jailed for 'inhuman' campaign of sexual abuse against vulnerable girls

A gang of men who embarked on a "campaign of rape and other sexual abuse" against vulnerable teenage girls in Huddersfield has been given lengthy jail sentences, it can now be reported.Ringleader Amere Singh Dhaliwal, 35, was jailed for life earlier this year ...

'No realistic prospect' of plan to join up health and social care, MPs warn

19 October 2018 England

'No realistic prospect' of plan to join up health and social care, MPs warn

The Government still lacks an effective overall strategy to integrate the health and social care sectors, while financial pressures on local authorities mean there is "no realistic prospect of progress", MPs have warned.The country's ageing population has led ...

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

18 October 2018 England

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) was criticised for its handling of Employment and Support Allowance (ES...

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

17 October 2018 England

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

Patients will be left "stranded" in hospitals and GP waiting rooms unless more money is found for social care, leading medics have warned.In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budget, leading British healthcare groups warned that more money needs to be pl...

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English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

23 Oct 2018 England

New figures from NHS Digital show that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6 per cent on 2016-17 and equivalen...

Misconfigured shutter sensors blamed in death of social worker, inquest concludes

Misconfigured shutter sensors blamed in death of social worker, inquest concludes

23 Oct 2018 England

A woman who was fatally crushed by a rising car park shutter door after she grabbed hold of it died by misadventure after sensors did not stop the door from opening, an inquest conclude...

Council workers march in their thousands as strike sees care services withdrawn

Council workers march in their thousands as strike sees care services withdrawn

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

Thousands of council workers have marched through Glasgow in a strike over equal pay which has shut hundreds of schools and affected home care services.More than 8,000 Unison and GMB me...

CQC inspectors step in 'to safeguard patients' at troubled hospital trust

CQC inspectors step in 'to safeguard patients' at troubled hospital trust

23 Oct 2018 England

Health inspectors have been forced to take "urgent action to protect people" at a beleaguered hospital trust.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was taking action at Shrewsbury an...

More than 360 abuse complaints made by former orphanage children

More than 360 abuse complaints made by former orphanage children

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

More than 360 people have made complaints of physical and sexual abuse against people at orphanages run by three voluntary organisations in Scotland, police have said.The announcement w...

NHS 'ripped off' by drugs companies charging £1,000 for mouthwash, claims MP

NHS 'ripped off' by drugs companies charging £1,000 for mouthwash, claims MP

23 Oct 2018 England

The NHS is being "ripped off" by pharmaceutical companies charging more than £1,000 for a bottle of pain-relieving mouthwash, ministers have been told.Philippa Whitford (pictured) urged...

Sex offender care home resident needed constant supervision, court hears

Sex offender care home resident needed constant supervision, court hears

23 Oct 2018 England

An "opportunistic and predatory" sex offender who attacked a fellow resident at a care home was able to enter bedrooms "night or day" despite requiring 24/7 supervision, a court heard.H...

Large-scale care providers focus as third phase of Scottish abuse inquiry opens

Large-scale care providers focus as third phase of Scottish abuse inquiry opens

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

The third phase of hearings in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) is to open with an investigation of residential childcare establishments run by large-scale care providers.The inq...

Nursery and care services withdrawn as council workers bring city to standstill

Nursery and care services withdrawn as council workers bring city to standstill

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

Hundreds of schools and nurseries will be shut and home care services affected as Glasgow City Council workers strike in a row over equal pay claims.The two-day industrial action on Tue...

Call for action to tackle 'relentless' sexual harassment in public places

Call for action to tackle 'relentless' sexual harassment in public places

23 Oct 2018 England

The Government is failing to address the problem of sexual harassment in public places, despite evidence that it is "deeply ingrained" in British culture, affecting the lives of nearly ...

Hammond urged to put funding for children's services at heart of budget

Hammond urged to put funding for children's services at heart of budget

23 Oct 2018 England

A coalition of more than 120 charities, unions and campaign organisations have demanded extra cash for children's services in Philip Hammond's Budget.In an open letter to Theresa May an...

Man admits murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood in bout of 'intense rage'

Man admits murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood in bout of 'intense rage'

22 Oct 2018 England

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a midwife in a bout of "intense rage" after having a "long-standing affair" with her, a court heard.The body of 28-year-old Samantha Eastwood was d...

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English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

23 Oct 2018 England

New figures from NHS Digital show that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6 per cent on 2016-17 and equivalen...

Misconfigured shutter sensors blamed in death of social worker, inquest concludes

Misconfigured shutter sensors blamed in death of social worker, inquest concludes

23 Oct 2018 England

A woman who was fatally crushed by a rising car park shutter door after she grabbed hold of it died by misadventure after sensors did not stop the door from opening, an inquest conclude...

CQC inspectors step in 'to safeguard patients' at troubled hospital trust

CQC inspectors step in 'to safeguard patients' at troubled hospital trust

23 Oct 2018 England

Health inspectors have been forced to take "urgent action to protect people" at a beleaguered hospital trust.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was taking action at Shrewsbury an...

NHS 'ripped off' by drugs companies charging £1,000 for mouthwash, claims MP

NHS 'ripped off' by drugs companies charging £1,000 for mouthwash, claims MP

23 Oct 2018 England

The NHS is being "ripped off" by pharmaceutical companies charging more than £1,000 for a bottle of pain-relieving mouthwash, ministers have been told.Philippa Whitford (pictured) urged...

Sex offender care home resident needed constant supervision, court hears

Sex offender care home resident needed constant supervision, court hears

23 Oct 2018 England

An "opportunistic and predatory" sex offender who attacked a fellow resident at a care home was able to enter bedrooms "night or day" despite requiring 24/7 supervision, a court heard.H...

Call for action to tackle 'relentless' sexual harassment in public places

Call for action to tackle 'relentless' sexual harassment in public places

23 Oct 2018 England

The Government is failing to address the problem of sexual harassment in public places, despite evidence that it is "deeply ingrained" in British culture, affecting the lives of nearly ...

Hammond urged to put funding for children's services at heart of budget

Hammond urged to put funding for children's services at heart of budget

23 Oct 2018 England

A coalition of more than 120 charities, unions and campaign organisations have demanded extra cash for children's services in Philip Hammond's Budget.In an open letter to Theresa May an...

Man admits murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood in bout of 'intense rage'

Man admits murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood in bout of 'intense rage'

22 Oct 2018 England

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a midwife in a bout of "intense rage" after having a "long-standing affair" with her, a court heard.The body of 28-year-old Samantha Eastwood was d...

Social worker was 'dragged to death in car park shutter door', inquest told

Social worker was 'dragged to death in car park shutter door', inquest told

22 Oct 2018 England

A mother was dragged to her death in the shutter door mechanism of an underground car park after asking her friend "have you ever held onto it as it goes up?", an inquest heard.Social w...

MPs call for national register of serial stalkers and domestic abusers

MPs call for national register of serial stalkers and domestic abusers

22 Oct 2018 England

Serial stalkers and domestic abusers should be placed on a new national register and monitored under the same arrangements as rapists and paedophiles, according to a Commons report.MPs ...

New approach to prostate cancer treatment could help thousands of men

New approach to prostate cancer treatment could help thousands of men

22 Oct 2018 England

Treating men suffering from prostate cancer with radiotherapy on top of regular treatment could extend the life of patients with advanced forms of the disease, research has suggested.On...

Ex-Met Police commissioner calls for urgent review on cannabis legalisation

Ex-Met Police commissioner calls for urgent review on cannabis legalisation

22 Oct 2018 England

Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for an "urgent review" of the evidence around the legalisation of cannabis.Lord Hogan-Howe, who has always supporte...

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Council workers march in their thousands as strike sees care services withdrawn

Council workers march in their thousands as strike sees care services withdrawn

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

Thousands of council workers have marched through Glasgow in a strike over equal pay which has shut hundreds of schools and affected home care services.More than 8,000 Unison and G...

More than 360 abuse complaints made by former orphanage children

More than 360 abuse complaints made by former orphanage children

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

More than 360 people have made complaints of physical and sexual abuse against people at orphanages run by three voluntary organisations in Scotland, police have said.The announcem...

Large-scale care providers focus as third phase of Scottish abuse inquiry opens

Large-scale care providers focus as third phase of Scottish abuse inquiry opens

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

The third phase of hearings in the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI) is to open with an investigation of residential childcare establishments run by large-scale care providers.Th...

Nursery and care services withdrawn as council workers bring city to standstill

Nursery and care services withdrawn as council workers bring city to standstill

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

Hundreds of schools and nurseries will be shut and home care services affected as Glasgow City Council workers strike in a row over equal pay claims.The two-day industrial action o...

Charity urges expansion of seven-day limit on homeless B&Bs in Scotland

Charity urges expansion of seven-day limit on homeless B&Bs in Scotland

22 Oct 2018 Scotland

A homelessness charity wants ministers to bring forward legislation to place a seven-day limit on the use of unsuitable temporary homeless accommodation, such as B&Bs.Crisis survey...

'Ruthless, unrepentant paedophile' jailed for 14 years in Edinburgh

'Ruthless, unrepentant paedophile' jailed for 14 years in Edinburgh

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

A "ruthless" sexual predator who had images of children being abused as the screensaver on his computer has been jailed for 14 years.Robert Hawkins was described by a judge as an "...

NHS stress-related absence in Scotland up by 17% in three years

NHS stress-related absence in Scotland up by 17% in three years

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

Stress-led absences in the NHS have risen by just under a fifth, new analysis shows.The number of staff absent due to stress, depression and anxiety has risen 17.6% between 2015/16...

NHS National Services Scotland apologises for advising staff to avoid travellers

NHS National Services Scotland apologises for advising staff to avoid travellers

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

A health board has apologised after advising staff to avoid speaking to members of the travelling community.NHS National Services Scotland sent an internal memo to staff at its sta...

Guidance to prevent human trafficking published by Scottish Government

Guidance to prevent human trafficking published by Scottish Government

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

The Scottish Government has published guidance for businesses aimed at helping them identify and prevent human trafficking and exploitation.It calls on firms to carry out checks to...

More than 40,000 attacks on public sector staff for third year running – report

More than 40,000 attacks on public sector staff for third year running – report

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

Calls have been made to introduce tougher legislation to tackle violence against public sector workers, after staff reported more than 40,000 attacks for the third consecutive year...

Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

Union organisers are running a mobile advert campaign in a bid to drum up public support for a planned 48-hour strike of thousands of council workers.Around 8,000 members of the GM...

Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the ...

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Husband and wife swingers jailed for 36 years over sexual abuse of teenage girls

Husband and wife swingers jailed for 36 years over sexual abuse of teenage girls

19 Oct 2018 Wales

A husband and wife described as the "Fred and Rose West of Barry" have been jailed for a total of 36 years for grooming and raping teenage girls.Peter Griffiths, 65, and Avril Griffiths...

Welsh project to better integrate health and social care secures £7m funding

Welsh project to better integrate health and social care secures £7m funding

19 Oct 2018 Wales

Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced the first project to be backed by the £100m Transformation Fund, to develop new models of health and social care. Developed by th...

£5 million announced to relieve winter pressure on critical care in Wales

£5 million announced to relieve winter pressure on critical care in Wales

19 Oct 2018 Wales

Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £5 million will be spent this financial year to help relieve pressure on critical care units across Wales this winter. The £5m is...

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

17 Oct 2018 Wales

A council must pay a man £2,500 after it destroyed his BMW while he lay in hospital.Flintshire County Council in North Wales removed the man's car after it was left outside his home for...

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

15 Oct 2018 Wales

Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Fina...

NHS managers used U2 band names on £700,000 fraud, court hears

NHS managers used U2 band names on £700,000 fraud, court hears

10 Oct 2018 Wales

Three NHS managers defrauded a health board out of more than £700,000 by using the names of U2 members to award contracts to a bogus construction firm, a court has heard. Mark Evill, 4...

British Sign Language 'should be first language of deaf children in Wales'

British Sign Language 'should be first language of deaf children in Wales'

05 Oct 2018 Wales

British Sign Language (BSL) should be recognised as the first language of many deaf children in Wales, a committee has recommended. The National Assembly's Petitions Committee examined...

New £1.3 million pilots announced to tackle mental health issues in Wales

New £1.3 million pilots announced to tackle mental health issues in Wales

04 Oct 2018 Wales

New pilots to reduce reliance on prescription medication by prescribing interventions to improve mental health have been announced by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. Mind Cymru and ...

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

04 Oct 2018 Wales

More than two years since the Social Services and Wellbeing Act came in to force, the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says many people who are deaf or have hearing loss are still n...

Plaid Cymru politician admits making more than 600 indecent images of children

Plaid Cymru politician admits making more than 600 indecent images of children

03 Oct 2018 Wales

A former Plaid Cymru politician has pleaded guilty to making making more than 600 indecent pictures and videos of children. Simon Thomas, 54, admitted three counts of making indecent i...

NHS pays out record compensation of nearly £20M to brain injury girl

NHS pays out record compensation of nearly £20M to brain injury girl

02 Oct 2018 Wales

An 18-year-old girl has been awarded almost £20 million in compensation in what is believed to be a record payout by the NHS. The teenager suffered catastrophic brain injuries after be...

Plaid Cymru councillor sexually assaulted woman with 'electric massager', trial told

Plaid Cymru councillor sexually assaulted woman with 'electric massager', trial told

02 Oct 2018 Wales

A Plaid Cymru councillor sexually assaulted a woman during a general election campaign and another with an "electric massager" at his home, a court has heard. William Jones, 67, is acc...

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Call to scrap 157-year-old abortion ban in Northern Ireland

Call to scrap 157-year-old abortion ban in Northern Ireland

22 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Westminster must scrap 157-year-old abortion laws to protect the rights of women in Northern Ireland, according to a Labour former minister.Outdated abortion laws must be modernised to ...

Women in Northern Ireland 'still using illegal abortion medication'

Women in Northern Ireland 'still using illegal abortion medication'

19 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Women in Northern Ireland are still using illegal abortion medication even though the procedure is freely available to them in England, a study found.Northern Ireland outlaws terminatio...

Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

18 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-ab...

NI’s Chief Social Worker urges workforce to become more 'poverty aware'

NI’s Chief Social Worker urges workforce to become more 'poverty aware'

17 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland has called on all social workers to become poverty aware and to become anti-poverty practitioners. Speaking on International Day for...

NI public reminded of safer sex as new stats reveal 15% increase in gonorrhoea

NI public reminded of safer sex as new stats reveal 15% increase in gonorrhoea

17 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

  The latest sexual health figures released by Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) show an increase in cases of gonorrhoea, herpes and chlamydia, while numbers diagnosed with...

Most Irish people believe Pope did not do enough to address clerical abuse

Most Irish people believe Pope did not do enough to address clerical abuse

16 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Most Irish people believe Pope Francis did not do enough to address clerical abuse during his recent visit, researchers have said.The pontiff made his first papal trip to the Republic i...

New poll finds majority support change in Northern Ireland's abortion laws

New poll finds majority support change in Northern Ireland's abortion laws

10 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

New opinion polls have found that the majority of people across the UK want to see abortion decriminalised in Northern Ireland. Unlike in the rest of the UK, abortions in Northern Irel...

Campaigners urge MPs to back abortion reform in Northern Ireland

Campaigners urge MPs to back abortion reform in Northern Ireland

08 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Campaigners have urged MPs to put pressure on Westminster to decriminalise abortion in Northern Ireland. Abortions are illegal in Northern Ireland in all but exceptional medical and me...

Mother-of-two mounts legal challenge against abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Mother-of-two mounts legal challenge against abortion laws in Northern Ireland

02 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

A fresh legal challenge against Northern Ireland's restrictive abortion laws has been mounted. Sarah Ewart (pictured) is applying for a judicial review, seeking a declaration of incomp...

Tory MPs join campaign to ease restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland

Tory MPs join campaign to ease restrictive abortion laws in Northern Ireland

28 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

Three Conservative MPs who back abortion reform in Northern Ireland will be in Belfast later to hear experiences of women impacted by the region's restrictive laws. During a day of mee...

Syrian children who cross Irish border 'vulnerable to no-deal Brexit', charity warns

Syrian children who cross Irish border 'vulnerable to no-deal Brexit', charity warns

28 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

Syrian refugee children who use services on both sides of the Irish border could fall victim to a no-deal Brexit, a charity has warned. Youngsters from outside the European Union (EU) ...

Commissioner demands 'urgent reform' after damning review of child mental health services

Commissioner demands 'urgent reform' after damning review of child mental health services

27 Sep 2018 Northern Ireland

A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns around lengthy waiting times, prob...


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English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

23 Oct 2018 England

New figures from NHS Digital show that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6 per cent on 2016-17 and equivalen...

Council workers march in their thousands as strike sees care services withdrawn

Council workers march in their thousands as strike sees care services withdrawn

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

Thousands of council workers have marched through Glasgow in a strike over equal pay which has shut hundreds of schools and affected home care services.More than 8,000 Unison and GMB me...

Sex offender care home resident needed constant supervision, court hears

Sex offender care home resident needed constant supervision, court hears

23 Oct 2018 England

An "opportunistic and predatory" sex offender who attacked a fellow resident at a care home was able to enter bedrooms "night or day" despite requiring 24/7 supervision, a court heard.H...

Charity urges expansion of seven-day limit on homeless B&Bs in Scotland

Charity urges expansion of seven-day limit on homeless B&Bs in Scotland

22 Oct 2018 Scotland

A homelessness charity wants ministers to bring forward legislation to place a seven-day limit on the use of unsuitable temporary homeless accommodation, such as B&Bs.Crisis surveyed ho...

Police plead guilty to restraint breaches after death of vulnerable man in custody

Police plead guilty to restraint breaches after death of vulnerable man in custody

19 Oct 2018 England

Devon and Cornwall Police has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody.Thomas Orchard, 32,...

'No realistic prospect' of plan to join up health and social care, MPs warn

'No realistic prospect' of plan to join up health and social care, MPs warn

19 Oct 2018 England

The Government still lacks an effective overall strategy to integrate the health and social care sectors, while financial pressures on local authorities mean there is "no realistic pros...

Autistic woman 'obsessed with men' at centre of complex court proceedings

Autistic woman 'obsessed with men' at centre of complex court proceedings

19 Oct 2018 England

An autistic woman who is obsessed with men is at the centre of proceedings in a specialist court.Social workers say the woman behaves in a "socially inappropriate" fashion in public pla...

Welsh project to better integrate health and social care secures £7m funding

Welsh project to better integrate health and social care secures £7m funding

19 Oct 2018 Wales

Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced the first project to be backed by the £100m Transformation Fund, to develop new models of health and social care. Developed by th...

Guidance to prevent human trafficking published by Scottish Government

Guidance to prevent human trafficking published by Scottish Government

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

The Scottish Government has published guidance for businesses aimed at helping them identify and prevent human trafficking and exploitation.It calls on firms to carry out checks to ensu...

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

18 Oct 2018 England

A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal aut...

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

18 Oct 2018 England

MPs have called on the Government to consider mandatory flu vaccinations for some healthcare workers as it was revealed take-up is as low as 30% in some NHS hospital trusts.The Commons ...

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

Disabled benefit claimants to share £1.67BN as scale of underpayment revealed

18 Oct 2018 England

An extra £1.67 billion is to be paid to tens of thousands of disabled benefit claimants after years of underpayments, the Government has revealed.The Department for Work and Pensions (D...

Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

Council workers help launch equal pay advert ahead of 48-hour strike in Glasgow

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

Union organisers are running a mobile advert campaign in a bid to drum up public support for a planned 48-hour strike of thousands of council workers.Around 8,000 members of the GMB and...

Warning issued over prison social care with many older jails ill-equipped

Warning issued over prison social care with many older jails ill-equipped

16 Oct 2018 England

The prison service and local authorities are failing to plan for a rise in elderly, ill and frail inmates, a new report warns.Many older jails are ill-equipped for prisoners in wheelcha...

PM confirms plans for GPs to use 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness

PM confirms plans for GPs to use 'social prescribing' to tackle loneliness

15 Oct 2018 England

GPs will be able to refer people to social activities for loneliness, Prime Minister Theresa May has confirmed. Instead of prescribing pills, doctors will be encouraged to use "social ...

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

15 Oct 2018 Wales

Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Fina...

£20 million scheme to get rough sleepers off streets opens for bids

£20 million scheme to get rough sleepers off streets opens for bids

10 Oct 2018 England

A £20 million scheme to help rough sleepers off the streets and into secure homes has been announced by the Government ahead of World Homeless Day. The Private Rented Sector Access Fun...

Theresa May announces appointment of first Minister for Suicide Prevention

Theresa May announces appointment of first Minister for Suicide Prevention

10 Oct 2018 England

The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Ja...

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More than 360 abuse complaints made by former orphanage children

More than 360 abuse complaints made by former orphanage children

23 Oct 2018 Scotland

More than 360 people have made complaints of physical and sexual abuse against people at orphanages run by three voluntary organisations in Scotland, police have said.The announcement w...

Hammond urged to put funding for children's services at heart of budget

Hammond urged to put funding for children's services at heart of budget

23 Oct 2018 England

A coalition of more than 120 charities, unions and campaign organisations have demanded extra cash for children's services in Philip Hammond's Budget.In an open letter to Theresa May an...

Huddersfield joins long list of towns incubating a shocking scale of sexual abuse

Huddersfield joins long list of towns incubating a shocking scale of sexual abuse

19 Oct 2018 England

Huddersfield has joined a long list of English towns and cities where the same grim story has emerged of the sexual exploitation of teenage girls on a shocking scale.The stories of the ...

Social services bosses under fire over 'appalling' handling of disabled boy's case

Social services bosses under fire over 'appalling' handling of disabled boy's case

19 Oct 2018 England

Social services bosses at a London council have come under fire from a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a teenage boy with complex special needs.Judge Kate Pur...

Gang of 20 jailed for 'inhuman' campaign of sexual abuse against vulnerable girls

Gang of 20 jailed for 'inhuman' campaign of sexual abuse against vulnerable girls

19 Oct 2018 England

A gang of men who embarked on a "campaign of rape and other sexual abuse" against vulnerable teenage girls in Huddersfield has been given lengthy jail sentences, it can now be reported....

Webwatch: New Apps launched on Understanding Child Development for NI workforce

Webwatch: New Apps launched on Understanding Child Development for NI workforce

19 Oct 2018 Webwatch

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council in partnership with Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Departments of Health and Education, developed a series of Understandi...

Husband and wife swingers jailed for 36 years over sexual abuse of teenage girls

Husband and wife swingers jailed for 36 years over sexual abuse of teenage girls

19 Oct 2018 Wales

A husband and wife described as the "Fred and Rose West of Barry" have been jailed for a total of 36 years for grooming and raping teenage girls.Peter Griffiths, 65, and Avril Griffiths...

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

18 Oct 2018 England

A third of 15 to 18-year-olds assessed by a charity are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues.The research from Action for Children suggests that 33% of the 5,000...

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

18 Oct 2018 England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raise...

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

17 Oct 2018 England

Around 50,000 vulnerable young children are living in households with a "toxic trio" of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems, a new report has found.The...

National operation sees 200 suspected members of 'county lines' gangs arrested

National operation sees 200 suspected members of 'county lines' gangs arrested

16 Oct 2018 England

More than 200 suspected members of county lines drugs gangs have been arrested in a national crackdown.There are thought to be around 1,500 of the networks in operation in the UK, which...

Father who attacked partner should be given no information on children - Judge

Father who attacked partner should be given no information on children - Judge

16 Oct 2018 England

A man handed a three-and-a-half-year jail term after attacking his partner should be given no information about their two daughters unless one of them dies, a High Court judge has decid...

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

15 Oct 2018 England

England is lagging behind Europe when it comes to children's health, a new report has claimed. Young people have poorer health outcomes than many comparable wealthy countries, the Roya...

Abuse inquiry finds children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated

Abuse inquiry finds children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated

12 Oct 2018 Scotland

Children were sexually abused, beaten and humiliated as they lived in a climate of fear and coercive control at an orphanage run by a religious order, an inquiry has found. Youngsters ...

Autism school 'devastated' after two staff members killed in M4 crash

Autism school 'devastated' after two staff members killed in M4 crash

12 Oct 2018 England

An autism school has been left "devastated" after two members of staff were killed in a motorway crash involving a minibus and lorry. Tragedy struck on the M4 on Thursday afternoon as ...

Private nurseries raise concerns over expansion of free childcare in Scotland

Private nurseries raise concerns over expansion of free childcare in Scotland

11 Oct 2018 Scotland

Private nurseries have raised a series of concerns about the Scottish Government’s flagship proposal to expand free childcare. Ministers have promised to increase free nursery provisio...

Judge speaks of 'outrage' at lack of secure accommodation for vulnerable boy

Judge speaks of 'outrage' at lack of secure accommodation for vulnerable boy

11 Oct 2018 England

A family court judge has told of her frustration and outrage after hearing that a place in a specialist secure unit cannot be found for a 16-year-old boy who is at risk because of his l...

One in 10 children 'have no one to talk to when feeling worried of sad'

One in 10 children 'have no one to talk to when feeling worried of sad'

10 Oct 2018 England

One in 10 children (11%) say they have no one to talk to, or would not talk to anyone in school if they felt worried or sad, a survey has found. The poll of 1,323 schoolchildren aged b...

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English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

English councils dealing with 5,100 new requests for adult social care every day

23 Oct 2018 England

New figures from NHS Digital show that local authorities received 1.8 million new requests for adult social care support in 2017-18, an increase of 1.6 per cent on 2016-17 and equivalen...

Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

Concern over ‘staggering’ 18-year high number of winter deaths in Scotland

17 Oct 2018 Scotland

A charity has described the number of winter deaths in Scotland as “staggering”, with statistics showing an increase to the highest level in 18 years.Figures released today by the Natio...

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

Call for urgent action to avert crisis in caring for older people in Wales

15 Oct 2018 Wales

Significant reform and radical solutions need to be considered to provide the essential services older and vulnerable people in Wales will need according to the National Assembly’s Fina...

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

Progress review of services for older people in Aberdeen making good progress

10 Oct 2018 Scotland

Good progress has been made on improving services for older people in Aberdeen, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate and Healthcare Improvement Scotland has published a progress...

Dame Barbara Windsor calls for a stand against dementia in new video

Dame Barbara Windsor calls for a stand against dementia in new video

08 Oct 2018 England

Dame Barbara Windsor has appeared on video for the first time to speak publicly about dementia - as her husband said that "there is still so much of her there" despite her illness.With ...

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

Deaf people in Wales not getting the care they are entitled to, charity says

04 Oct 2018 Wales

More than two years since the Social Services and Wellbeing Act came in to force, the charity Action on Hearing Loss Cymru says many people who are deaf or have hearing loss are still n...

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

28 Sep 2018 Webwatch

A website has been launched to trigger memories in people suffering from dementia. BBC Music Memories follows research showing how music benefits those with the condition. The new sit...

Provost special guest as Meallmore officially opens revamped care home in Inverness

Provost special guest as Meallmore officially opens revamped care home in Inverness

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

A recently refurbished care home in Inverness has held an official opening event to give guests a first glimpse of its new facilities and an opportunity to meet its care team. Culduthe...

Care home nurse thought man was joking when he said 'I just killed my nan', court hears

Care home nurse thought man was joking when he said 'I just killed my nan', court hears

26 Sep 2018 England

A care home nurse told a court that she thought a male visitor was joking when he told her: "I just killed my nan." Antony Jennings, 33, killed his 94-year-old grandmother Ruby Wilson ...

Life expectancy in Scotland falls for first time in 35 years, new data

Life expectancy in Scotland falls for first time in 35 years, new data

26 Sep 2018 Scotland

Life expectancy in Scotland has fallen for the first time in 35 years, official figures have revealed. Males born in the period 2015 to 2017 can expect to live until the age of 77, new...

Elderly putting health at risk by mixing prescription drugs with alternative therapies

Elderly putting health at risk by mixing prescription drugs with alternative therapies

25 Sep 2018 England

An estimated 1.3 million older Britons may be putting themselves at risk by taking alternative therapies which could potentially interact with their prescribed drugs, a new study sugges...

Game Of Thrones star lends support to new film highlighting dementia fight

Game Of Thrones star lends support to new film highlighting dementia fight

20 Sep 2018 England

Game of Thrones actress Lena Headey has lent her voice to a new campaign in the battle to defeat dementia. Known for the murderous matriarch Cersei Lannister in the award-winning serie...

New research suggests 'association' between air pollution and increased dementia risk

New research suggests 'association' between air pollution and increased dementia risk

19 Sep 2018 England

Air pollution may be linked with an increased risk of developing dementia, research suggests. A London-based study, published in journal BMJ Open, found an association between the neur...

New medical boxes launched to tackle sepsis in older patients with mental health problems

New medical boxes launched to tackle sepsis in older patients with mental health problems

17 Sep 2018 Wales

A new initiative to halt the development of a life threatening infection in older people with mental health problems has been launched at Wrexham Maelor Hospital. To mark World Sepsis ...

Inspectors raise serious concerns at East Dunbartonshire care home for elderly

Inspectors raise serious concerns at East Dunbartonshire care home for elderly

14 Sep 2018 Scotland

A care home for older people in East Dunbartonshire must make urgent improvements in the care experienced by vulnerable residents, inspectors have said. The Care Inspectorate has serve...

'Operational challenges' sees company with four care homes enter administration

'Operational challenges' sees company with four care homes enter administration

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

A company with three care homes in Scotland has gone into administration. Bertinaley Care Limited owns and operates premises in Hamilton, Largs and Dundee - as well as one in Surrey - ...

Apology issued as 1,761 women in Scotland not invited for final breast screening appointment

Apology issued as 1,761 women in Scotland not invited for final breast screening appointment

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

Almost 1,800 women are being contacted by the NHS after it emerged they were not invited for breast screening appointments. It comes after a review of the Scottish Breast Screening pro...

End-of-life research finds people in most deprived areas far more likely to die alone

End-of-life research finds people in most deprived areas far more likely to die alone

13 Sep 2018 Scotland

People in Scotland’s most deprived neighbourhoods are almost a quarter more likely to die alone at home than others, new research says. The research says those living in the most depri...

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CQC inspectors step in 'to safeguard patients' at troubled hospital trust

CQC inspectors step in 'to safeguard patients' at troubled hospital trust

23 Oct 2018 England

Health inspectors have been forced to take "urgent action to protect people" at a beleaguered hospital trust.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) said it was taking action at Shrewsbury an...

NHS 'ripped off' by drugs companies charging £1,000 for mouthwash, claims MP

NHS 'ripped off' by drugs companies charging £1,000 for mouthwash, claims MP

23 Oct 2018 England

The NHS is being "ripped off" by pharmaceutical companies charging more than £1,000 for a bottle of pain-relieving mouthwash, ministers have been told.Philippa Whitford (pictured) urged...

'No realistic prospect' of plan to join up health and social care, MPs warn

'No realistic prospect' of plan to join up health and social care, MPs warn

19 Oct 2018 England

The Government still lacks an effective overall strategy to integrate the health and social care sectors, while financial pressures on local authorities mean there is "no realistic pros...

NHS stress-related absence in Scotland up by 17% in three years

NHS stress-related absence in Scotland up by 17% in three years

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

Stress-led absences in the NHS have risen by just under a fifth, new analysis shows.The number of staff absent due to stress, depression and anxiety has risen 17.6% between 2015/16 and ...

Minister apologises after blood inquiry retention notice email fails to send

Minister apologises after blood inquiry retention notice email fails to send

19 Oct 2018 England

A minister has apologised after an email telling Government departments not to destroy any documents relevant to the Infected Blood Inquiry failed to send.David Lidington said no "mater...

NHS National Services Scotland apologises for advising staff to avoid travellers

NHS National Services Scotland apologises for advising staff to avoid travellers

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

A health board has apologised after advising staff to avoid speaking to members of the travelling community.NHS National Services Scotland sent an internal memo to staff at its staff at...

Welsh project to better integrate health and social care secures £7m funding

Welsh project to better integrate health and social care secures £7m funding

19 Oct 2018 Wales

Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced the first project to be backed by the £100m Transformation Fund, to develop new models of health and social care. Developed by th...

£5 million announced to relieve winter pressure on critical care in Wales

£5 million announced to relieve winter pressure on critical care in Wales

19 Oct 2018 Wales

Wales Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has announced £5 million will be spent this financial year to help relieve pressure on critical care units across Wales this winter. The £5m is...

More than 40,000 attacks on public sector staff for third year running – report

More than 40,000 attacks on public sector staff for third year running – report

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

Calls have been made to introduce tougher legislation to tackle violence against public sector workers, after staff reported more than 40,000 attacks for the third consecutive year.Unio...

Hospitals increasingly turning to healthcare assistants to plug care gap

Hospitals increasingly turning to healthcare assistants to plug care gap

18 Oct 2018 England

NHS hospitals are "plugging the care gap" with healthcare assistants where they are struggling to recruit nurses, a new report suggests.The document, by BPP University School of Nursing...

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

MPs urge mandatory flu vaccinations for health workers amid low take-up last year

18 Oct 2018 England

MPs have called on the Government to consider mandatory flu vaccinations for some healthcare workers as it was revealed take-up is as low as 30% in some NHS hospital trusts.The Commons ...

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

Gov launch investigation into two-year detention of autistic girl in 'cell-like' room

18 Oct 2018 England

Health Secretary Matt Hancock has launched an investigation into the case of an autistic girl said to have been detained in a "cell-like" hospital room for almost two years.Labour raise...

Ambulance staff to trial wearing body worn cameras as number of attacks rise

Ambulance staff to trial wearing body worn cameras as number of attacks rise

17 Oct 2018 England

Ambulance staff in the north-east will pilot body worn video cameras following a 23% rise in reported attacks by patients this year.Around 40 North East Ambulance Service (NEAS) staff w...

NHS trusts raise almost £70 million by charging workforce for parking

NHS trusts raise almost £70 million by charging workforce for parking

17 Oct 2018 England

The NHS made almost £70 million by charging staff for parking last year, it has been revealed.Figures released by NHS Digital show that trusts in England raked in £69.5 million in 2017/...

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

Council rapped for scrapping hospital patient's BMW while he underwent surgery

17 Oct 2018 Wales

A council must pay a man £2,500 after it destroyed his BMW while he lay in hospital.Flintshire County Council in North Wales removed the man's car after it was left outside his home for...

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

Chancellor receives written warning over urgent social care funding gap

17 Oct 2018 England

Patients will be left "stranded" in hospitals and GP waiting rooms unless more money is found for social care, leading medics have warned.In a letter to the Chancellor ahead of the budg...

Labour warn over 'savage' cuts to number of health visitors in England

Labour warn over 'savage' cuts to number of health visitors in England

17 Oct 2018 England

There have been "savage" cuts to the number of health visitors in England, Labour has warned.New analysis by the party suggests the number of health visitors has been cut by 8% in just ...

NI public reminded of safer sex as new stats reveal 15% increase in gonorrhoea

NI public reminded of safer sex as new stats reveal 15% increase in gonorrhoea

17 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

  The latest sexual health figures released by Northern Ireland's Public Health Agency (PHA) show an increase in cases of gonorrhoea, herpes and chlamydia, while numbers diagnosed with...

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Police plead guilty to restraint breaches after death of vulnerable man in custody

Police plead guilty to restraint breaches after death of vulnerable man in custody

19 Oct 2018 England

Devon and Cornwall Police has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody.Thomas Orchard, 32,...

NHS stress-related absence in Scotland up by 17% in three years

NHS stress-related absence in Scotland up by 17% in three years

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

Stress-led absences in the NHS have risen by just under a fifth, new analysis shows.The number of staff absent due to stress, depression and anxiety has risen 17.6% between 2015/16 and ...

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

Survey of 5000 teens shows third experience mental health issues

18 Oct 2018 England

A third of 15 to 18-year-olds assessed by a charity are suffering from mental health and emotional well-being issues.The research from Action for Children suggests that 33% of the 5,000...

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

Children's Commissioner concerned at 50,000 kids living in 'toxic households'

17 Oct 2018 England

Around 50,000 vulnerable young children are living in households with a "toxic trio" of domestic abuse, drug or alcohol addiction, and mental health problems, a new report has found.The...

GPs urged to 'prescribe activity' for people with common long-term conditions

GPs urged to 'prescribe activity' for people with common long-term conditions

16 Oct 2018 England

GPs are being urged to "prescribe movement" to patients with some of the most common conditions.Those with cancer, depression, dementia and type 2 diabetes are among those who should be...

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

Children's health in England lagging behind other western countries, report warns

15 Oct 2018 England

England is lagging behind Europe when it comes to children's health, a new report has claimed. Young people have poorer health outcomes than many comparable wealthy countries, the Roya...

Concerns raised over suicide attempts by women involved in benefits tests

Concerns raised over suicide attempts by women involved in benefits tests

11 Oct 2018 England

Nearly half of women involved in work capability benefits tests have attempted suicide, the Commons has heard. SNP Westminster leader Ian Blackford demanded the assessments, used to de...

Many new mothers with mental health problems fear raising issue with GP

Many new mothers with mental health problems fear raising issue with GP

10 Oct 2018 England

More than 50% of new mothers suffering from mental health problems feel they cannot raise the issue at postnatal check-ups. Research conducted by the National Childbirth Trust (NCT) fo...

One in 10 children 'have no one to talk to when feeling worried of sad'

One in 10 children 'have no one to talk to when feeling worried of sad'

10 Oct 2018 England

One in 10 children (11%) say they have no one to talk to, or would not talk to anyone in school if they felt worried or sad, a survey has found. The poll of 1,323 schoolchildren aged b...

Theresa May announces appointment of first Minister for Suicide Prevention

Theresa May announces appointment of first Minister for Suicide Prevention

10 Oct 2018 England

The Prime Minister has appointed what is thought to be the world's first Minister for Suicide Prevention in a bid to cut the number of people taking their own lives. Health Minister Ja...

Cost of anti-psychotic drug increased by more than 200% due to shortages

Cost of anti-psychotic drug increased by more than 200% due to shortages

10 Oct 2018 Scotland

The cost of anti-psychotic medication increased by more than 200% in a year mainly due to drug shortages, new data shows. NHS figures for Scotland reveal the gross ingredient cost (GIC...

Almost one in four waiting three months for mental health specialist

Almost one in four waiting three months for mental health specialist

09 Oct 2018 England

Almost a quarter of patients with a mental health problem are waiting more than three months to see an NHS specialist, leading psychiatrists have warned. The Royal College of Psychiatr...

Thousands sign petition calling for better mental health support in workplace

Thousands sign petition calling for better mental health support in workplace

09 Oct 2018 England

More than 200,000 people have signed a petition calling for mental health to be given as much importance as physical health at work. The Where's Your Head At? campaign is demanding bet...

Health Secretary urged to probe claims of unequal mental health treatment

Health Secretary urged to probe claims of unequal mental health treatment

08 Oct 2018 Scotland

The Health Secretary has been urged to investigate concerns over access to mental health services for black, Asian and minority ethnic (BAME) patients.Labour’s health spokeswoman Monica...

New £1.3 million pilots announced to tackle mental health issues in Wales

New £1.3 million pilots announced to tackle mental health issues in Wales

04 Oct 2018 Wales

New pilots to reduce reliance on prescription medication by prescribing interventions to improve mental health have been announced by Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething. Mind Cymru and ...

New campaign urges people to 'Ask Twice' to tackle mental health problems

New campaign urges people to 'Ask Twice' to tackle mental health problems

03 Oct 2018 England

A new campaign is calling for people to "ask twice" how others are feeling, to improve conversations around mental health. More than three-quarters of people (78%) would say they are "...

Prison's mental health service being hampered by shortage of nursing staff

Prison's mental health service being hampered by shortage of nursing staff

03 Oct 2018 Scotland

A shortage of nursing staff is hampering the delivery of a comprehensive mental health service at a Scottish prison, it has been found. Inspectors said much has been done to improve th...

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

01 Oct 2018 Webwatch

Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental health, Matt Hancock has revealed. The Health and So...

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Misconfigured shutter sensors blamed in death of social worker, inquest concludes

Misconfigured shutter sensors blamed in death of social worker, inquest concludes

23 Oct 2018 England

A woman who was fatally crushed by a rising car park shutter door after she grabbed hold of it died by misadventure after sensors did not stop the door from opening, an inquest conclude...

Sex offender care home resident needed constant supervision, court hears

Sex offender care home resident needed constant supervision, court hears

23 Oct 2018 England

An "opportunistic and predatory" sex offender who attacked a fellow resident at a care home was able to enter bedrooms "night or day" despite requiring 24/7 supervision, a court heard.H...

Man admits murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood in bout of 'intense rage'

Man admits murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood in bout of 'intense rage'

22 Oct 2018 England

A man has pleaded guilty to murdering a midwife in a bout of "intense rage" after having a "long-standing affair" with her, a court heard.The body of 28-year-old Samantha Eastwood was d...

MPs call for national register of serial stalkers and domestic abusers

MPs call for national register of serial stalkers and domestic abusers

22 Oct 2018 England

Serial stalkers and domestic abusers should be placed on a new national register and monitored under the same arrangements as rapists and paedophiles, according to a Commons report.MPs ...

Ex-Met Police commissioner calls for urgent review on cannabis legalisation

Ex-Met Police commissioner calls for urgent review on cannabis legalisation

22 Oct 2018 England

Former Metropolitan Police commissioner Bernard Hogan-Howe has called for an "urgent review" of the evidence around the legalisation of cannabis.Lord Hogan-Howe, who has always supporte...

Huddersfield joins long list of towns incubating a shocking scale of sexual abuse

Huddersfield joins long list of towns incubating a shocking scale of sexual abuse

19 Oct 2018 England

Huddersfield has joined a long list of English towns and cities where the same grim story has emerged of the sexual exploitation of teenage girls on a shocking scale.The stories of the ...

Social services bosses under fire over 'appalling' handling of disabled boy's case

Social services bosses under fire over 'appalling' handling of disabled boy's case

19 Oct 2018 England

Social services bosses at a London council have come under fire from a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a teenage boy with complex special needs.Judge Kate Pur...

Gang of 20 jailed for 'inhuman' campaign of sexual abuse against vulnerable girls

Gang of 20 jailed for 'inhuman' campaign of sexual abuse against vulnerable girls

19 Oct 2018 England

A gang of men who embarked on a "campaign of rape and other sexual abuse" against vulnerable teenage girls in Huddersfield has been given lengthy jail sentences, it can now be reported....

Guidelines needed on reporting domestic abuse killings, urges victims' relative

Guidelines needed on reporting domestic abuse killings, urges victims' relative

19 Oct 2018 England

Official guidelines are needed to encourage responsible media reporting of domestic abuse killings, the son of a man who shot dead his wife and daughter said.Luke Hart said guidance, in...

'Ruthless, unrepentant paedophile' jailed for 14 years in Edinburgh

'Ruthless, unrepentant paedophile' jailed for 14 years in Edinburgh

19 Oct 2018 Scotland

A "ruthless" sexual predator who had images of children being abused as the screensaver on his computer has been jailed for 14 years.Robert Hawkins was described by a judge as an "unrep...

Police plead guilty to restraint breaches after death of vulnerable man in custody

Police plead guilty to restraint breaches after death of vulnerable man in custody

19 Oct 2018 England

Devon and Cornwall Police has pleaded guilty to health and safety breaches in relation to an emergency response belt that was used on a man before he died in custody.Thomas Orchard, 32,...

Autistic woman 'obsessed with men' at centre of complex court proceedings

Autistic woman 'obsessed with men' at centre of complex court proceedings

19 Oct 2018 England

An autistic woman who is obsessed with men is at the centre of proceedings in a specialist court.Social workers say the woman behaves in a "socially inappropriate" fashion in public pla...

Women in Northern Ireland 'still using illegal abortion medication'

Women in Northern Ireland 'still using illegal abortion medication'

19 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Women in Northern Ireland are still using illegal abortion medication even though the procedure is freely available to them in England, a study found.Northern Ireland outlaws terminatio...

Husband and wife swingers jailed for 36 years over sexual abuse of teenage girls

Husband and wife swingers jailed for 36 years over sexual abuse of teenage girls

19 Oct 2018 Wales

A husband and wife described as the "Fred and Rose West of Barry" have been jailed for a total of 36 years for grooming and raping teenage girls.Peter Griffiths, 65, and Avril Griffiths...

Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

Most people in Northern Ireland want abortion law decision made locally - survey

18 Oct 2018 Northern Ireland

Almost two-thirds of people in Northern Ireland want local politicians to make the decisions on the region's abortion laws, a new poll has suggested.The results were released by anti-ab...

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

Woman with learning difficulties not to be told about covert contraception

18 Oct 2018 England

A woman with learning difficulties should not be told that she has been covertly fitted with a contraceptive device, a judge has decided.Lord Justice Baker said the woman's personal aut...

Prolific paedophile Matthew Falder wins seven-year reduction on sentence

Prolific paedophile Matthew Falder wins seven-year reduction on sentence

17 Oct 2018 England

One of Britain's most prolific paedophiles, who blackmailed a string of vulnerable victims, has won a challenge against his "manifestly excessive" 32-year prison sentence.Cambridge grad...

Religious hate crimes in England and Wales surge by 40% in 12 months

Religious hate crimes in England and Wales surge by 40% in 12 months

16 Oct 2018 England

Hate crime in England and Wales rose by nearly a fifth last year, according to police figures.There were 94,098 such offences recorded by police in total in 2017/18, an increase of 17% ...


Engage: Comment & Opinion

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Engage: 'Unconsiderate' sex with partner can be worse than stranger rape - Germaine Greer

18 September 2018 Engage

Engage: 'Unconsiderate' sex with partner can be worse than stranger rape - Germaine Greer

Constant "unconsiderate" sex with a partner can be worse than rape by a stranger, feminist writer Germaine Greer has suggested. While rape by a stranger is "bloody bad luck", it does not necessarily force a woman to reassess her whole life in the way tha...

Engage: I was complicit in workplace harassment of young women - Trevor Phillips

18 September 2018 Engage

Engage: I was complicit in workplace harassment of young women - Trevor Phillips

Former politician and broadcaster Trevor Phillips has said he was "complicit" in workplace harassment of young women. The former chairman of the Equality and Human Rights Commission, who has worked for the BBC, ITV, and Channel 4, said that such behaviou...

Engage: Some frontline staff wrongly believe flu jab can make them ill, nursing chief

12 September 2018 Engage

Engage: Some frontline staff wrongly believe flu jab can make them ill, nursing chief

Some NHS staff choose not to get the flu vaccine because they wrongly believe it could make them ill, England's top nurse has said. Professor Jane Cummings, chief nurse for England, said some "myths" persist around the vaccine, including among NHS worker...

Engage: Dame Kelly Homes describes 'heartbreak' at mother's death from blood cancer

04 September 2018 Engage

Engage: Dame Kelly Homes describes 'heartbreak' at mother's death from blood cancer

Olympic athlete Dame Kelly Holmes has described the "heartbreaking" experience of losing her mother to blood cancer as she campaigns to raise awareness of the disease. The double gold medal winner spoke out as it emerged that more than half of British ad...

Engage: Actress Michaela Coel talks about 'therapeutic' writing following sexual assault

23 August 2018 Engage

Engage: Actress Michaela Coel talks about 'therapeutic' writing following sexual assault

Actress Michaela Coel has claimed she was sexually assaulted by strangers, but said that writing about it for a new TV show has been "therapeutic". Coel, who wrote and starred in Bafta-winning E4 comedy series Chewing Gum, told the Edinburgh TV Festival ...

Engage: Is the 3.4% spending increase enough to ‘save’ the NHS?

21 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Is the 3.4% spending increase enough to ‘save’ the NHS?

The good news is that the NHS has received a 70th “birthday gift” in the form of a 3.4% per year increase in real spending over the next five years. The bad news is that, although this may be enough to fight the current battle, it may not be enough to win...

Engage: The social care sector is a precious resource and contributes billions to Welsh economy

21 June 2018 Engage

Engage: The social care sector is a precious resource and contributes billions to Welsh economy

Most people who rely on social care workers to safeguard or support them will know the valuable contribution they make every day. The sector works in every part of Wales, providing care and support through a range of independent, voluntary and statutory ...

Engage: People with depression use language differently – here’s how to spot it

19 June 2018 Engage

Engage: People with depression use language differently – here’s how to spot it

From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful ...

Engage: How virtual reality if helping NHS mental health teams reach Grenfell Community

12 June 2018 Engage

Engage: How virtual reality if helping NHS mental health teams reach Grenfell Community

Virtual reality is being used to reach traumatised families struggling a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in what is believed to be a UK first. Outreach workers at the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL) have been standing amid the market st...

Engage: Are care workers key to improving mental health patients’ physical health in secure hospitals?

11 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Are care workers key to improving mental health patients’ physical health in secure hospitals?

A new study suggests more value needs to be placed in promoting exercise for people with severe mental health issues in secure hospital settings. Researchers from Loughborough University have explored the way health care assistants perceive the benefits ...

Engage: Could this be the formula for preventing Alzheimer's disease?

06 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Could this be the formula for preventing Alzheimer's disease?

A combination of sleep, exercise and alcohol could help prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have discovered that a good night's sleep, increasing heart rate through exercise and 25ml of wine per day can help stimulate the brain's o...

Engage: What can social workers do if they find evidence of child sexual abuse imagery online

05 June 2018 Engage

Engage: What can social workers do if they find evidence of child sexual abuse imagery online

We’d like to introduce ourselves to the readers of Care Appointments. We’re the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) and we’re the organisation removing child sexual abuse imagery from the internet. It’s a tough job, but a vital one, not only for the victims o...

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Webwatch: New Apps launched on Understanding Child Development for NI workforce

19 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New Apps launched on Understanding Child Development for NI workforce

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council in partnership with Ulster University, Queen’s University Belfast and the Departments of He...

Webwatch: Facebook announces new tools to tackle bullying and harassment

03 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Facebook announces new tools to tackle bullying and harassment

Facebook has announced new tools it says will help users combat bullying and harassment on the social media site. The tools will al...

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

01 October 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Government orders social media safety guidelines over child mental health fears

Medical experts have been instructed to draw up official guidelines for social media use amid fears over its impact on child mental ...

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

28 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Music website launched to help trigger memories in people with dementia

A website has been launched to trigger memories in people suffering from dementia. BBC Music Memories follows research showing how ...

Webwatch: Emoji-powered online jukebox to help young people talk about mental health

19 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Emoji-powered online jukebox to help young people talk about mental health

An emoji-powered jukebox has been created to help young people talk about how they're feeling. SeeMe is launching the initiative af...

Webwatch: Call for more research into impact of social media on mental health

18 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Call for more research into impact of social media on mental health

The way social media impacts young people's mental health needs to be better understood, according to new research by the Centre for...

Webwatch: Offences of viewing indecent images of children up a quarter, NSPCC

13 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Offences of viewing indecent images of children up a quarter, NSPCC

Police are discovering child abuse image offences on average every 23 minutes, according to the NSPCC. Recorded crimes of viewing i...

Webwatch: Adults urged to check heart attack and stroke risk with free online tool

04 September 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Adults urged to check heart attack and stroke risk with free online tool

Health officials have urged adults to check their risk of having a heart attack or stroke using a free online tool. The Heart Age T...

Education & Training

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University launches probe into sex worker support group's freshers' fair stall

01 October 2018

University launches probe into sex worker support group's freshers' fair stall

A university is launching an investigation after a sex workers' support group ran a stall offering help for students at its freshers' fairs. The decision to allow the Sex Workers' Outreach Project Sussex (Swop) to attend the University of ...

Queen's academic receives first US-UK Fulbright Scholarship in Social Work for over 50 years

13 September 2018

Queen's academic receives first US-UK Fulbright Scholarship in Social Work for over 50 years

An academic from Queen's University Belfast has been awarded the first UK Fulbright Scholarship award in the discipline of Social Work for over 50 years. Dr Joe Duffy, a Senior Lecturer in Social Work from the School of Social Sciences, Ed...

Universities issue new practical guidance in bid to prevent student suicide

07 September 2018

Universities issue new practical guidance in bid to prevent student suicide

New guidance has been issued to universities dedicated to the prevention of student suicide. It was launched in Sheffield at the Universities UK (UUK) annual conference where it was also announced that new guidance is being worked on for t...

Applications for 2019 Addictions Counselling degree open this week

06 September 2018

Applications for 2019 Addictions Counselling degree open this week

Applications to study the highly regarded Foundation degree (FdSc) in Addictions Counselling in September 2019 are now open. The degree is a franchised programme of the University of Bath, delivered by Action on Addiction for Addictions Tr...

University of the West of Scotland’s £110 million Lanarkshire campus opens to students

03 September 2018

University of the West of Scotland’s £110 million Lanarkshire campus opens to students

The University of the West of Scotland’s (UWS) new £110 million Lanarkshire campus has opened to students. The site has been completed in a two-year project and includes cutting-edge research facilities, an environmental chamber and virtua...

Quarter of student nurses dropping out of degrees before graduating

03 September 2018

Quarter of student nurses dropping out of degrees before graduating

One in four student nurses are dropping out of their degrees before graduation, figures show. Data obtained by nursing journal Nursing Standard and the charity the Health Foundation indicates that of 16,544 UK nursing students who began th...

Children's attitudes to supporting autistic peers improves through collaborative music

30 August 2018

Children's attitudes to supporting autistic peers improves through collaborative music

Collaborative music lessons in schools improve the attitudes of pupils towards their peers with autism, a new study in the journal Autism reports. Led by Anna Cook, PhD student at the University of Surrey, researchers found that the intera...

Global study suggests alcohol leading risk factor for death with no safe level of consumption

24 August 2018

Global study suggests alcohol leading risk factor for death with no safe level of consumption

Alcohol is a leading risk factor for death and disease worldwide, and is associated with nearly one in 10 deaths in people aged 15-49 years old, according to a new study involving researchers from the University of Sheffield. The Global Bu...

Therapy that helps people with dementia maintain lifestyles rolled out

24 August 2018

Therapy that helps people with dementia maintain lifestyles rolled out

A technique that helps people with dementia see satisfying progress in achieving everyday goals that help them live their lives is now being rolled out. The University of Exeter is leading a programme to train carers in goal-orientated cog...

Study exploring myths surrounding dementia successful in changing misconceptions

24 August 2018

Study exploring myths surrounding dementia successful in changing misconceptions

A pioneering workshop to educate university students on dementia awareness has been successful in changing misconceptions. The Dementia Detectives workshop was created by Dr Sahdia Parveen from the University of Bradford and was initially ...

University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

16 August 2018

University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

Professor David Frohlich, Director of the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey presented a paper from the Time Matters project, at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. The paper entitled ‘Mo...

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

15 August 2018

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

Dr Alinka Gearon from the University of Bath has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to run a seminar showcasing her research on child trafficking services. Dr Gearon (pictured) from the Department of...

Survey finds few students feel £9,000 university fees are good value for money

15 August 2018

Survey finds few students feel £9,000 university fees are good value for money

Few students at English and Welsh universities feel that their fees of £9,000 a year are good value for money, a survey has found. Just 13% of students questioned agreed that "the standard of education and the increased wages graduates ear...

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

08 August 2018

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

A Tokyo medical school has apologised after an internal investigation confirmed it systematically altered entrance exam scores to limit the number of female students. Tokyo Medical University manipulated all entrance exam results starting ...

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

13 July 2018

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range o...

Education partnership in Bradford aims to develop high-quality social work training

06 July 2018

Education partnership in Bradford aims to develop high-quality social work training

A new partnership has been launched to develop social work education in Bradford. The Bradford Teaching Partnership will see a collaboration between Bradford College, Bradford Council and the University of Bradford to provide high-quality ...

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

05 July 2018

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

A University of Stirling academic has been called upon to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) promote personalised care for older people in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor of Global Ageing Ian Philp (pictured) was one of t...

University of Wolverhampton signs new five-year courses partnership with care provider

28 June 2018

University of Wolverhampton signs new five-year courses partnership with care provider

A partnership offering specialist courses to healthcare staff has been signed between the University of Wolverhampton and Compton Care. The courses provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to further develop their knowledge and s...

New university-developed tool to help police identify victims of coercive control

28 June 2018

New university-developed tool to help police identify victims of coercive control

Merseyside Police is piloting a new learning tool developed by University of Liverpool that should help officers provide an improved service for victims of the complex new coercive control law. The tool could be used as a face-to-face tr...

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

28 June 2018

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

Universities should take the place of parents and ensure they offer good mental health support to students to stop them becoming overwhelmed and "falling between the cracks", a minister has said. Sam Gyimah has called on universities to do...

Concerns as new data shows rising levels of suicide among university students

25 June 2018

Concerns as new data shows rising levels of suicide among university students

Concerns have been raised about suicide among university students as new figures show rates are higher than they were a decade ago. Data released for the first time by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also indicates significantly h...

Dumfries & Galloway social worker wins highest performing graduate award

20 June 2018

Dumfries & Galloway social worker wins highest performing graduate award

Laura McHarrie, a social worker with Dumfries and Galloway Council, has won the Andrew Cornwell Memorial Award for the highest performing graduate in The Open University’s social work programme in Scotland.  Laura (pictured, left) was ...

Universities study finds marriage could give protection against heart disease or strokes

19 June 2018

Universities study finds marriage could give protection against heart disease or strokes

Marriage may help to protect people against developing heart disease or having a stroke, according to research. Single, divorced, and widowed people are at a heightened risk of developing the health problems, a study involving universities...

Ground-breaking research to investigate benefits of music therapy on cognitive function

12 June 2018

Ground-breaking research to investigate benefits of music therapy on cognitive function

Researchers at Middlesex University (MDX) need healthy adults to participate in crucial research aiming to develop a novel test, which will be used in a study investigating whether music therapy sessions have beneficial effects in adults wh...

Survey finds students are shunning drugs and worry more about binge drinking

12 June 2018

Survey finds students are shunning drugs and worry more about binge drinking

Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests. The survey also found that a high proportion - 88% - believe drug use can cause long-te...

Edinburgh social work academics recognised in knowledge exchange competiton

07 June 2018

Edinburgh social work academics recognised in knowledge exchange competiton

University of Edinburgh social work PhD graduate, Dr Mary Mitchell and current PhD student, Ariane Critchley, have achieved success in the 2018 Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition; awarded by the Scottish Graduate School of S...

Stories to help children cope with mental health issues published by educational psychologist

07 June 2018

Stories to help children cope with mental health issues published by educational psychologist

An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression. The Wellbeing Stories feature ten characters representing different types of thinking – including the Worry Wart, the Sprite ...

Funding awarded for research projects exploring children’s rights in family actions

06 June 2018

Funding awarded for research projects exploring children’s rights in family actions

The Scottish Government is providing funding for two projects, to be led by researchers from Glasgow and Stirling universities. Guided by an expert group of young people, researchers will identify the challenges and explore the implication...

New learning resources to support early learning and childcare workforce in Scotland

23 May 2018

New learning resources to support early learning and childcare workforce in Scotland

The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has launched new learning resources to support early learning and childcare workers at a Scottish Government event in Glasgow. The free digital resources will support the workforce at a time of m...

Six times as many London students starting health degress than North East

22 May 2018

Six times as many London students starting health degress than North East

More than six times as many students from London took up places to study medicine and dentistry last year, compared to those from north-east England, Press Association analysis shows. The figures come amid a push by government and the prof...

Most deprived far more likely to develop dementia according to new research

17 May 2018

Most deprived far more likely to develop dementia according to new research

Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research. Researchers analysed data from over 6,000 adults born between 1902 and 1943 and found that ...

Programme for Newly Qualified Social Worker conference in Edinburgh announced

17 May 2018

Programme for Newly Qualified Social Worker conference in Edinburgh announced

The School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh has announced details of their 2018 conference for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW). The theme of the NQSW Conference this year is Building the future: Shaping ...

New SQA awards aim to improve young people's understanding of Mental Health

17 May 2018

New SQA awards aim to improve young people's understanding of Mental Health

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has announced that it is developing new awards that will aim to improve young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing. New National Progression Awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing...

Flexible learning initiative offers care workers chance to develop new skills in South West

14 May 2018

Flexible learning initiative offers care workers chance to develop new skills in South West

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 h...

Warning over students mental health amid continuing increase in suicide rates

11 May 2018

Warning over students mental health amid continuing increase in suicide rates

University students with mental health problems are in danger of "slipping through the gaps" when at their most vulnerable, a report has warned, amid a continuing increase in the number of student suicides.Several institutions have seen a n...

Lower concern for personal gain exposes autistic children to higher risk of bullying

03 May 2018

Lower concern for personal gain exposes autistic children to higher risk of bullying

Children with autism may be at risk from bullying because they are more willing to accept unfair behaviour say psychologists. The research by Dr Calum Hartley and Sophie Fisher of Lancaster University involved young children playing tradin...

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Report: Still Waiting - Review of Children & Young People Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland

27 September 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Still Waiting - Review of Children & Young People Mental Health Services in Northern Ireland

A major review of children’s and young people’s mental health in Northern Ireland has called for urgent reform of services and support. With concerns...

Report: Going To University From Care - Beyond The Headlines (CELCIS)

13 September 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Going To University From Care - Beyond The Headlines (CELCIS)

CELCIS (the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children in Scotland) has published a new briefing going behind the common headlines that indicate ...

Report: Adverse childhood experiences and sources of childhood resilience

07 September 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Adverse childhood experiences and sources of childhood resilience

As the next school year begins, a new study has identified the impact that early trauma has on a child’s education and prospects for good future healt...

Report: Extended Child Practice Review – Elsie Scully-Hicks

03 August 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Extended Child Practice Review – Elsie Scully-Hicks

The Cardiff and The Vale Regional Safeguarding Board (CVRSCB) has published an extended Child Practice review into the circumstances around the tragic...

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South Wales mum becomes tutor after taking course to manage chronic pain condition

19 September 2018 New To Care

South Wales mum becomes tutor after taking course to manage chronic pain condition

A mum from Neath who went on a course to learn how to cope with chronic pain is now helping others - by becoming a tutor on the very same course. Angela F...

Care experienced student follows her dream to become a social worker

24 August 2018 New To Care

Care experienced student follows her dream to become a social worker

Inspirational Cheryl Thompson credits her time as a student at the University of Chester with changing her life – and now she plans to use her new-found co...

New BBC series will explore whether volunteers can take burden off NHS staff

30 July 2018 New To Care

New BBC series will explore whether volunteers can take burden off NHS staff

A new BBC Two show will follow young people volunteering in a hospital to find out if they can make a real change in the NHS. The four-part series - which...

New project helping people into work in the childcare sector in Wales

22 May 2018 New To Care

New project helping people into work in the childcare sector in Wales

A Welsh Government-funded project that gives people out of work the experience they need to start a career in the childcare sector has been praised by Chil...

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Two thirds of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t work hard enough

18 September 2018 Career Advice

Two thirds of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t work hard enough

According to the latest research from leading job board, CV-Library, almost two thirds (63.9%) of care professionals believe their colleagues don’t wo...

Care professionals reveal job satisfaction far more important than salary

30 August 2018 Career Advice

Care professionals reveal job satisfaction far more important than salary

Over three times as many care professionals believe that enjoying their jobs (87.9%) is a better measure of career success, than having a high salary ...

Data deficit hampering careers of ethnic minority and disabled employees

30 August 2018 Career Advice

Data deficit hampering careers of ethnic minority and disabled employees

Most employers are failing to collect information on how many disabled or ethnic minority workers they employ, which is putting their careers at risk,...

Call for more protection against sexual harassment in workplace

23 July 2018 Career Advice

Call for more protection against sexual harassment in workplace

A major review of women's rights in Britain has found "failures" in many areas of life, including violence and harassment at work. The Equality and H...