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Care homes for the elderly are being investigated by the competition watchdog following concerns over people potentially being faced with shock bills and "hidden" charges. The Competition and Markets Authority (CMA) has launched a market study into the sector. This will look at how people find the experience of choosing…
Care Council for Wales The Care Council for Wales has published the profile of the Residential Child Care Managers and Workers in Wales 2016. The profile, available on the Care Council website, is based on the data provided by residential child care managers and workers during the application process to…
Complaints about care provided in people's homes rose by a quarter over the last year, while those about care homes increased by a fifth, a new report says. The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) received 2,969 complaints and enquiries about adult social care in 2015/16, up 6% on the previous year.…
More than 120,000 children across Britain face spending this Christmas homeless and in temporary accommodation, according to analysis by Shelter. The charity, which used government data to make the findings, said the estimated figure is the highest since 2007 when over 133,000 children were living in temporary accommodation by the…
Finding the right residential care can be like negotiating a maze. From right to left, and to and fro, Caught in a labyrinth you go, And turn, and turn, and turn again, To solve the mystery, but in vain While the 18th Century poet William Cowper was not ruminating on…
The Welsh Government has raised the capital limit used by local authorities who charge for residential care from £24,000 to £50,000 as part of its new five-year plan entitled Taking Wales Forward, which has been broadly welcomed by social care experts. The plan also sets out other changes to social…
Peers have pressed for mental health checks to be introduced for children entering the care system. The Government had already agreed to change its proposals to include the promotion of mental health alongside the physical welfare of looked after youngsters. However, a number of peers felt this did not go…
A former carer at a Catholic children's home has been found to have been part of a sadistic and vindictive regime of abuse involving nuns, priests and a paedophile Scout master. Despite three previous police investigations, details of what went on at the St Francis boys' home in Shefford, Bedfordshire,…
England has a shortage of secure accommodation units for children, a senior judge has said. Sir James Munby says the problem has led to social services bosses at councils in England trying to place children in their care in secure accommodation units in Scotland. He says the problem has led…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council have hosted a presentation by Montserrat Fargas Malet (pictured) from Queens University Belfast of the findings of a longitudinal study which has been tracking the placements and measuring the outcomes for a population of looked after children. The study provides a comparative analysis of…
Minister for Social Services and Public Health, Rebecca Evans, has praised a rehabilitation project in Flintshire which helps people stay independent and saves the NHS money. Step-Up, Step-Down provides short stay beds to support people coming out of hospital who are medically fit, but not yet ready to go home,…
More than half of people who have taken money out under pension freedoms have not planned for future care costs, a new study shows. A survey of 500 people who have accessed their pension since April of last year revealed that just one in six has budgeted for the cost…