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A police force has faced criticism for social media posts that appeared to support domestic abuse victims staying with their partners. Essex Police posted a case study on Facebook about "Sheila", a 65-year-old woman in an abusive relationship. "She knew that the abuse in her relationship was wrong but also…
In many parts of England employment levels are at record levels and I regularly hear anecdotes from contacts across the South of England that every time a new super-market opens, the social care labour pool shrinks or disappears. There have never been more people in work and unemployment is at…
A hospital linked to a trial scheme to move recuperating NHS patients into Airbnb-style private accommodation to free up beds has insisted it has no intention to support the plan "at this time". A company called CareRooms is planning the pilot, which would see around 30 patients waiting for discharge…
A trial scheme to move recuperating NHS patients into Airbnb-style accommodation to free up hospital beds has been labelled "terrifying" by Labour's shadow social care minister. Barbara Keeley warned there were "clear safety risks" with placing responsibility for patients with strangers and said the pilot project was a sign social…
A 44-year-old woman who posed as a teenage girl on Facebook to groom a 15-year-old boy for sex has been jailed for three years. Marie Dent, from Clacton-on-Sea, set up a fake account and began befriending young people online, Essex Police said. After she exchanged messages with a 15-year-old boy,…
Stroke patients are benefiting from an idea two Essex occupational therapy students came up with during a placement at Colchester General Hospital. A Cognitive Stimulation Room has been established on the Stroke Unit where stroke patients go for cognitive assessment and rehabilitation. It is the idea of Lisa Allsop and…
Social work at the University of Essex is going global, following the appointment of Founding Professor of Social Work and Director of the Centre for Social Work, Vasilios Ioakimidis, who is based primarily at their Southend Campus. This new post has been developed as part of the University's strategic aim…
A senior judge has ruled a "thwarted" mother was treated unfairly and unlawfully when she was not given a proper chance to challenge a local authority's plans to place her child with prospective adopters. The judge ruled Essex County Council social workers "deliberately for welfare reasons sought to prevent (the…
Social workers moved a vulnerable Essex teenager from her aunt and uncle’s care without any warning, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has said. The teenager had been living with her relatives since she was a child, spending time with her grandparents at weekends. Following some disagreements with her relatives, the…
A father whose son killed himself in prison after failings by the authorities has warned that others will die unless minsters urgently improve care behind bars. Stay-at-home dad Dean Saunders, 25, was suffering from mental health problems when he killed himself at Chelmsford Prison in January last year. The prisons…
Professor Fiona Nolan has taken up her position as Florence Nightingale Foundation Chair in Clinical Mental Health Nursing Practice Research at the University of Essex. The new Professorship, in the School of Health and Human Sciences at Essex, is the result of a new strategic partnership between the University, the…
A council has agreed to pay £7,500 damages to an 11-year-old girl after delaying decisions about her future. Thurrock Council - which is based in Grays, Essex - is the latest in a number of local authorities criticised by family court judges for not acting quickly enough when children are…
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