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People across Wales are being urged by the Welsh Government to act and do more to ensure children and adults are not put at risk of abuse, neglect and exploitation. To mark the start of Safeguarding Week (12th – 16th November), the Minister for Children, Older People and Social Care,…
A grandmother would not have been murdered if mental health staff had assessed the danger posed by a mentally ill woman properly, a coroner has concluded.Paranoid schizophrenic Nicola Edgington virtually decapitated Sally Hodkin, 58, with a butcher's knife in a random attack six years after killing her own mother.The now…
Council social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge who questioned whether guidelines were followed in a case involving a mother of three who has learning disabilities.Judge Thomas Greensmith has suggested that the lives of the woman's children would have been different if staff at Wirral Borough…
Some parents may have to pay for family support services, a union has said.Unite raised concerns that proposals from Cornwall Council could eventually lead to some parents needing to "pay for health visitors".But Cornwall Council (pictured) insisted there were no plans to charge for any health services for children and…
Labour has attacked Bedlam-like conditions for people with learning disabilities.Shadow health minister Barbara Keeley said the current situation was "nothing short of a national scandal" with patients being treated in a way that has "no place in the 21st century".Recent reports of an autistic teenager called Bethany who was locked…
There is a "credible risk of service disruption" at one of the biggest home care providers in England, inspectors have warned.The Care Quality Commission (CQC) has raised concerns that Allied Healthcare may not be able to continue to operate after November 30.The company is one of the largest home care…
Social Work now has a new champion, albeit in the unlikely guise of the new industry regulator. As part of the 2017 Children’s and Social Work Act, the Government introduced a new regulatory body in the form of Social Work England (SWE). The new body has powers to implement change…
A committee of MPs has called for an urgent reassessment of the Government's benefit sanctions regime, warning that the current system appears to be "pointlessly cruel" to some claimants.The human cost of the policy appears "simply too high", with evidence showing that its impact is at best "mixed" and at…
People with learning disabilities will die 15-20 years sooner on average than the general population, resulting in 1,200 premature deaths every year, a report has warned. The University College London (UCL) Institute of Health Equity (IHE) said it was "staggering" that two in five (40%) people with learning disabilities are…
A mentally ill woman warned she could kill someone to get admitted to hospital hours before she murdered a grandmother, an inquest has heard. Nicola Edgington (pictured) was taken by police to Queen Elizabeth Hospital, Woolwich, on October 10 2011 after asking to be sectioned. She told the A&E receptionist:…
An adult care home manager has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers in Wales after a hearing found her fitness to practise is currently impaired because of her misconduct. Rachel Hooton was accused of multiple failings at the two care homes she managed in Pembrokeshire, both of…
More Scots are being forced to ask for emergency aid to help with the cost of feeding their families and heating their homes, with six council areas across the country seeing applications for crisis grants rise by 30% or more. Since the Scottish Welfare Fund was set up by ministers…
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