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New research involving the University of Portsmouth is aiming to develop robots to help children with autism in ways humans can’t. The Development of Robot-Enhanced therapy for children with AutisM spectrum disorders (DREAM) project will design robots that can operate autonomously and help the therapist to improve the child’s social…
How the measures aim to help improve social work practice, reduce the need for repeat interventions and increase the resources to deal with rising demand. This evaluation examines how well each of the programme areas is working and in what circumstances. The overall objective of the Programme was to create…
The Health and Safety Executive (HSE) is to prosecute an NHS trust after an 18-year-old patient drowned at one of its specialist facilities. Connor Sparrowhawk (pictured) suffered an epileptic seizure while taking a bath at Slade House in Headington, Oxfordshire in 2013. Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust accepted full responsibility…
The Department for Education has published the Institute of Public Care’s evaluation of a range of innovations in Children’s Social Care in Hampshire and the Isle of Wight trialled during 2015-16. These innovations include: Multi-disciplinary teams working with families with ‘toxic trio’ issues Use of volunteers to work with young…
A self-employed woman forced to take a pay cut to become a full-time carer has urged Chancellor Philip Hammond to "see sense and reconsider" his controversial increase in National Insurance contributions (NICs), claiming: "You are risking my livelihood." Claire Hovey, 32, and partner Chris Edwards, also 32, have been live-in…
The "scale and severity" of physical abuse against young men, allegedly carried out by a former colleague of the Archbishop of Canterbury, was "horrific" a 1982 report found. A series of accusations have been levelled against John Smyth, a former leader at the Iwerne Trust camps, which had close links…
The family of a disabled grandmother who choked to death at a care home have hit out at its owner after it admitted health and safety offences. Margaret Humphreys, 84, died during a respite stay at Marlborough House in Church Crookham, Hampshire, while her family, her usual carers, went on…
A children's home worker has been jailed for nine years for the sexual abuse of boys dating back to the 1980s. Jack Jones (pictured,left), previously known as Eamonn Tallon, from Sutton-on-the-Forest, North Yorkshire, pleaded guilty to 14 sexual offences against three boys aged between 11 and 13. Two of the…
The former chief executive of a troubled mental health trust has been given a £190,000 payoff after she left her latest role. Katrina Percy's role leading Southern Health had become untenable but there had been "no legal grounds" on which to dismiss her, a spokesman for NHS Improvement said. Ms…
A much-criticised health trust has admitted creating a new job for its former chief executive who resigned after saying her position had become untenable. Katrina Percy announced her decision to stand down from the top position with Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust last week, but added that she was "delighted…
The outgoing boss of the heavily-criticised Southern Health NHS Foundation Trust is still to be employed by the organisation in a new role - pulling in the same pay and benefits of around £240,000 a year. Katrina Percy announced her decision to stand aside as chief executive but she is…
A baby boy whose father advocates the use of "harmful alternative medication" should be taken into council care, a family court judge has decided. The man had sold Master Mineral Solution (MMS) as a treatment for cancer and autism, social services staff told Judge Helen Black. Staff said MMS was…
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