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According to a new report by the Mental Welfare Commission (MWC), emergency detentions for older people have seen a sharp rise, while children with mental ill-health are increasingly not put in specialist wards. Compulsory treatment for mental ill-health also rose last year by seven per cent, bringing the number of…
New rights for people who are detained under section 136 of the Mental Health Act by the police are being put forward by the Welsh Government. Under the new proposals, people with suspected mental health issues detained under section 136 should be assessed within three hours and not be held…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) has developed a new App to be used as a reference resource for all workers whose role includes supporting or caring for adults. It is designed to be used in conjunction with the worker’s own organisation’s adult support and protection policies and procedures. There…
Northern Ireland Health Minister Simon Hamilton has announced the setting up of a world leading mental health service to provide high quality effective treatment for people experiencing trauma related mental health problems in Northern Ireland. Making the announcement Health Minister Simon Hamilton said the service was essential, explaining: “Around one…
Public Health England (PHE) has published a new resource to assist local organisations prevent linked suicides in their areas, often referred to as ‘suicide clusters’. The Identifying and responding to suicide clusters resource supports local authorities in their reaction to unexpectedly high numbers of suicides occurring in a particular period…
Prisons are increasingly playing the role of care homes and hospices as rising numbers of older criminals are jailed, a watchdog has said. A rapidly ageing prison population drove a 15% increase in the number of deaths from natural causes behind bars in 2014-15, according to the Prisons and Probation…
AM I AUTISTIC? is a new style of self-help book for the UK and US market which takes the reader through a step-by-step guide to autism self-diagnosis and also looks at the wider cultural issues that affect autistic people. Originally launched in April 2015 as a digital-only title, the AM…
The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Claire Keatinge, has renewed her call to the Minister of Health, Social Services and Public Safety to commit to introducing legislation that would better protect older people in Northern Ireland from abuse. The Commissioner's renewed call for a single Adult Safeguarding Bill…
The need for the criminal justice system to work collaboratively with Health and Social Services to help, support and protect adults who are at risk of harm, has been emphasised in a new report published by Criminal Justice Inspection Northern Ireland (CJI). Speaking following the publication of the Adult Safeguarding…
A new care monitoring service which uses sound and motion sensitive camera equipment to trigger alerts of any unusual activity has been launched to protect vulnerable people, such as the elderly in care homes. The footage will be monitored by health or social care sector-trained staff, and will also offer…
First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed the Scottish Government will invest an initial £1M to ensure that services across Scotland are prepared to deal with the arrival of refugees. The funding will be co-ordinated by the taskforce set up to administer Scotland’s practical response to the humanitarian crisis in southern…
More than 20,000 people have given their views on the top priorities for reshaping mental health services as part of a drive to develop a five year national NHS strategy for people of all ages. Better access to high quality services, a wider choice of treatments, more focus on prevention,…