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Scotland's national child abuse inquiry has heard a succession of apologies from organisations to survivors who say they were abused as youngsters in residential care. Groups including Quarriers, Daughters of Charity of St Vincent de Paul, Sisters of Nazareth, De La Salle Brothers, the Bishops' Conference of Scotland and Crossreach,…
A 17-year-old girl with a history of mental health difficulties who was raped after going into council care and being placed in a specialist residential unit should move to secure accommodation for her own good, a family court judge has decided. Three men accused of offences were found not guilty…
A Welsh charity is launching a new bi-lingual resource pack to help care home staff and residents to run creative activities workshops. Age Cymru’s cARTrefu project is sending a cARTrefu Activity Pack to every care home in Wales. The packs provide ideas for care home staff and residents on running…
A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of his wife at a sheltered housing complex. Eileen Thomson, 70, was taken to hospital after police were called to an address in Priorwood Court, Melrose, at 4.45pm on April 9 after a report of concern for a woman. She…
A growing staffing "crisis" in Scotland's care homes is hitting provision and contributing to hospital bed blocking, an industry body has warned. New figures released by private and voluntary social care representative organisation Scottish Care uncovered evidence of major problems in recruiting and retaining staff. The survey of around 250…
Old people are being forced to live in unsatisfactory care homes in some parts of the country, according to new analysis. One in three care homes in the North West performed poorly, compared with 20.3% in London, with the elderly and their families having little choice of quality care in…
Two residents who died in a Hertfordshire care home blaze were both women aged 91 and 89, police said. Firefighters rescued 33 people from Newgrange residential home in Cheshunt after flames engulfed the upper floors of the building. Two died in the fire and three other residents are in hospital…
Changes come into force today enabling people to keep more of their money if they are in Welsh residential care. The Welsh Government’s five year plan, “Taking Wales Forward”, committed to more than doubling the capital limit used in charging for residential social care, from £24,000 to £50,000. From today,…
Social care providers are pushing up prices for private clients due to pressure from councils, MPs have warned. The Commons Communities and Local Government Committee has revealed that 96% of people paying for their own care are charged an average of 43% more than the cost of state-funded residents in…
The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) are considering making changes to the supervisory and management qualification requirements for registration and they are looking to hear your views. To register with the SSSC, supervisors in adult services need to have a practice qualification and a supervisory qualification. This is to make…
A High Court judge has criticised council social services staff over their care of a sick 15-year-old boy. Mr Justice Hayden said the teenager suffered from a variety of medical problems and had been placed at a residential unit under the care of Westminster City Council some months ago. But…
An average stay in a residential home could swallow up as much as half of the value of your home, according to a study warning of a care cost postcode lottery. Royal London found that a typical stay of around 30 months in a residential home could equate to between…