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A care home for elderly people has been ordered by Scotland's social care watchdog to make urgent improvements to the services it provides. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal improvement notice on Grandholm Care Home in Aberdeen after an inspection raised "serious concerns". The home in Bridge of Don…
Staff at an "unsafe" youth jail have been left in hospital following attacks after surging levels of violence swept through the privately run facility, an inspection report reveals. Young inmates at Oakhill secure training centre were said to be carrying improvised weapons because they do not feel safe. Watchdogs concluded…
Care for mental health patients outside hospital has not improved over the last three years, a new survey suggests. In some areas, care for patients in the community in England has even deteriorated slightly, according to a large survey by the Care Quality Commission (CQC). The poll of more than…
New bosses at a council children's services department which was criticised by inspectors face an enormous task, a family court judge has said. Ofsted rated Gloucestershire County Council's children's services department "inadequate" in June. Local family court judge Stephen Wildblood says it is important that new interim managers get "every…
Inverclyde is leading the way in involving children, young people and their families in designing good quality services. Families across the area are benefitting from joined up services which have a positive impact on improving the lives of children and young people, according to inspectors. It follows a joint inspection…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has called for urgent improvement after inspectors found a number of serious concerns following an inspection of Powys County Council children’s services in July 2017. The inspection report, published this week, found that children and young people were not well-served by the…
Schools have "too readily" used unofficial, illegal exclusions to deal with pupils that have special needs, inspectors have warned. Youngsters with special educational needs and disabilities (SEND) are more likely in general to be excluded or absent from lessons than their peers, according to a new Ofsted report. And an…
Hundreds of alleged or convicted sex offenders have been placed in a prison to help tackle high levels of violence, according to a watchdog report. The "deliberate policy" apparently aimed at producing a "stabilising" effect was flagged up in an assessment of HMP Doncaster following an inspection in July. HM…
An NHS trust has been placed in special measures after some hospital patients were found to have died after waiting too long for heart treatment while others were left to go blind. NHS Improvement took action against the Royal Cornwall Hospitals NHS Trust after inspectors from the Care Quality Commission…
Health and social care services in the Scottish Borders are delivering some positive outcomes for some older people in the area, but there are also some key weaknesses in the delivery of some important services. That is the view of inspectors following a joint inspection of services for older people…
The health watchdog issued warnings and suspensions to adult care homes offering poor or unsafe care at the rate of four a day over a year-long period, a report said. The Care Quality Commission launched 1,512 enforcement actions in 2016/17, an increase of more than 67% on the previous year.…
Flexibility in childcare services increased last year, with a higher proportion of providers offering longer opening hours and school holiday sessions, a new report has found. The Care Inspectorate said there was a "considerable increase" in the opening times of many daycare services such as nurseries and playgroups. It found…
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