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The author of a report on the care of people with learning disabilities has reported an "alarming absence of any tangible progress" since it was published six months ago. Sir Stephen Bubb (pictured) was asked to lead a review following the Winterbourne View scandal, which saw six workers jailed for…
The Department of Health, Social Services and Public Safety (DHSSPS) and the Department of Justice (DOJ) have published the Adult Safeguarding Policy for Northern Ireland ‘Adult Safeguarding: Prevention and Protection in Partnership’. The intention of the policy is to improve safeguarding outcomes for all adults who are at risk of…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) have made a recent lunchtime seminar on domestic abuse available to download. The “Tackling Domestic Abuse - Working inside and out of Criminal Justice/Early Intervention” was presented by Kerry Malone of the Probation Board for Northern Ireland (PBNI) and took place on 30…
Nearly £2 billion was cut from funding to help vulnerable children keep their lives on track in the last five years, according to leading charities. Drug and alcohol support along with teenage pregnancy prevention schemes are among the vital services that have been hit by the 55% reduction in cash,…
The University of Edinburgh and Camphill Scotland are hosting an event in September on using social pedagogy to work with adults. The 'Diamonds are forever: using social pedagogy to work with adults' event aims to show how social pedagogy might be used in your organisation or your practice. Social pedagogy…
A novel way of delivering mental health care imported from the USA has reduced the need for hospital admissions for people with psychosis, according to University of York researchers. But the study of the impact of the Assertive Outreach teams, led by Ian Hamilton, a lecturer in the University’s Department…
NICE's new quality standard on personality disorders includes seven statements to improve the treatment and care of people with the conditions. Borderline and antisocial personality disorders are two distinctive conditions that affect people differently and have different care pathways. Both conditions affect a person's thoughts, emotions and behaviour, and are…
The Mental Welfare Commission for Scotland has welcomed new powers which will allow it to do more to protect the rights of people with mental ill health. The Mental Health Bill, which was passed by the Scottish Parliament this week, requires local authorities and health boards to inform the Commission…
A national report about the findings of a series of 22 unannounced spot checks to review care and conditions on older people’s mental health wards across Wales has been published. The spot checks, which followed and built on a series of unannounced reviews of care for older people being treated…
The Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland, Claire Keatinge, has renewed her call to the Minister of Health, Social Services to commit to introducing legislation that would better protect older people in Northern Ireland from abuse. Speaking on World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which seeks to promote awareness of…
The UK legal system is failing older people and perpetuating abuse, neglect and crimes against older people, according to the Older People’s Commissioner for Wales, Sarah Rochira. The Commissioner is calling for the law to be changed to make it easier to prosecute those who abuse or neglect older people,…
People who have sought emergency help for mental health problems say they got better assistance from the police than staff in accident and emergency departments or community mental health teams. Just a third (34%) of those who went to an A&E department said they were treated with warmth and compassion…