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The future of social work in the UK and how it contributes to the world around us will be discussed in a series of new distinguished lectures at Liverpool Hope University. Beginning on Wednesay 5th October, the series will bring some of the leading social work practitioners and academics in…
People who believe their care should have been funded by the NHS, are being encouraged by the Welsh Government to register their intent to make a claim. Continuing NHS Healthcare is a package of care provided free-of-charge by the NHS for those people with complex and primarily health-based needs. This…
Human rights concerns have been raised after new figures showed a rise in the use of compulsory powers under the Mental Health Act. Mental Welfare Commission data shows there were 5,008 new episodes of compulsory treatment in 2015/16, up 3% on the previous year and the highest level since the…
In February 2016, the Social Work Services Strategic Forum, through the Office of the Chief Social Work Adviser, commissioned a review of the recruitment and retention challenges that the Scottish social service sector faces. An online survey and qualitative interviews were conducted from June to August 2016, amongst a range…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has announced that the City and Guilds Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care (Northern Ireland) has been approved and is now on the City and Guilds list of approved qualifications for Northern Ireland. The Level 4 Diploma in Adult Care will provide both…
A local authority has spent more than £1m housing homeless families in Travelodge hotel rooms. Peterborough City Council confirmed it had run out of hostel beds and B&B rooms to house people after a spike in the number of families presenting as homeless. The authority's responsible service director, Adrian Chapman,…
As a report from the Accounts Commission warns social care services in Scotland are “unsustainable”, the Scottish Association of Social Workers (SASW) has called for an “informed debate” on the challenges facing the sector. The report, prepared by Audit Scotland, said an additional £667m would be needed by 2020 to…
Current ways of providing social work services are unsustainable in the long term, according to a report that found the annual bill has hit £3.1 billion in Scotland. The Accounts Commission found council social work departments are facing "significant challenges" due to a range of financial pressures. It estimated social…
On 1st October 2016, all adult social care workers in Scotland are to be paid at least £8.25 per hour. Here, HR and Employment Law director of Peninsula, Alan Price, speaks on how employers can get the wage right and why it is imperative for them to implement the wage…
Elderly people are bearing the brunt of cuts to social care, according to a new report, which also warned that increasing numbers of care homes would go bust. The study, from the King's Fund and Nuffield Trust, found the care and support older people received depended on where they lived…
Scotland is facing a "critical shortage" in social care staff which could be made even worse as a result of Brexit, Holyrood's Health Committee has been warned. MSPs were told the sector suffers from high turnover rates similar to those seen in call centres due to low wages, lack of…
The Duchess of Cornwall has vowed to continue helping victims of domestic violence during a visit to Refuge. Camilla met a number of survivors at a centre in the London area and heard how the charity has supported them throughout its 45-year history. She also spoke to its patron, Sir…