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The latest Comensura Social Care Index – a report analysing the usage of temporary social care workers in local authorities – has revealed that during the period from July to September 2014, versus the same period in 2013, usage of temporary social care workers in local authorities increased by 6.8%.…
Social worker Jaswir Nagra has been suspended from the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register for dishonesty, misconduct and a lack of competence while working for Tower Hamlets Council. The HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee panel heard that Ms Nagra had demonstrated a lack of awareness of safeguarding issues,…
A new electronic recording system for home care workers providing services on behalf of Nottinghamshire County Council is being introduced to help improve standards of care. Care workers will need to call a monitoring system on the service user’s landline at the start and end of their visits to help…
The prospect of further cuts in social care budgets is very likely to erode further our capacity to provide vital care and support to disabled and older people; to ensure their safety and wellbeing, and to create conditions to underpin resilient, self-determining communities. This was the message ADASS President David…
Social services bosses in Birmingham say they are taking "innovative" legal action in a bid to protect vulnerable children who may be victims of sexual exploitation. Birmingham City Council says it has launched civil court proceedings against a number of men with the aim of protecting youngsters who may not…
The decision to give local authorities extra public health responsibilities risks creating a "postcode lottery" and has increased the danger of political interference, a think-tank has warned. The International Longevity Centre - UK (ILC-UK) - said localism had the potential to transform public health, but warned against councils setting short-term…
An investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has highlighted the need for care providers to make every effort to supply vulnerable clients with same-sex carers, after a family was left without respite for more than two years. The ombudsman is underlining the advice after a couple complained that Warwickshire…
Social worker Lloyd Poutler has been struck off the HCPC Register after ignoring procedure and failing to act appropriately on Child Protection issues whilst employed as a social worker in the Emergency Duty Team by Telford and Wrekin Council. A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that…
Social worker Gloria Foster has been struck off the HCPC Register for repeated failings amounting to misconduct whilst employed by Essex County Council. A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee heard that Mrs Foster’s failure to take appropriate action, as well as delays in carrying out and recording…
An urgent review of the ‘skills crisis' facing social work is needed to help recruit the quality social workers that 1.3 million vulnerable young people need into work as soon as possible. Despite £65 million being spent every year by central government on ‘social worker grants', which are aimed at…
Services for elderly and disabled residents are in danger of spiraling into crisis after new analysis reveals a £4.3 billion funding black hole by the end of this decade, social care experts are warning. The Local Government Association (LGA), which represents more than 370 councils across England and Wales, and…
After nearly eight years at Manchester City Council, the last three as Strategic Director of Children's Services, Mike Livingstone has decided to move on. His decision was largely influenced by a damning report from Ofsted which labelled children's social work in the city as 'inadequate'. The report criticised management, a…