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The University of Sussex has appointed a renowned social justice expert to lead the School of Education and Social Work (ESW). Professor Gillian Hampden-Thompson, who has been interim Head of School since the beginning of August 2016, has now taken up the post permanently. She succeeds Professor Brian Hudson, who…
Members of black and minority ethnic (BME) groups face barriers to mental health services because of a communication breakdown between healthcare users and providers, and cultural factors, such as an inability to accept mental health problems and stigma. Those are the key findings from a new study by Brighton and…
Senior judges have raised concerns about a case in which a 71-year-old grandmother was given a six-month jail term after social services bosses complained she had breached orders made in the Court of Protection. Teresa Kirk, of Brighton, East Sussex, was freed last month after an appeal. Three Court of…
The family of a teenager who shared her hard-fought battle against cancer in a series of inspirational video blogs is launching a charity in her memory. Charlotte Eades died in February, a week after her 19th birthday, from glioblastoma, a rare and rapidly-spreading form of brain cancer dubbed "the Terminator".…
A review of 10 killings - including that of a pensioner who was stabbed after a collision between two cars - has uncovered failings at a mental health trust. Sussex Partnership NHS Foundation Trust has already apologised for its role in the lead up to the death of Donald Lock,…
A 17-year-old boy who police feared would head to Syria to wage jihad has been kept alive following an "extraordinary level" of local authority intervention, a High Court judge has said. Mr Justice Hayden said people often asked why time and public money was spent preventing teenagers from joining terror…
A scandal-hit ambulance trust is to be put into special measures after a regulator found it was putting patients at risk. In a series of damning reports, the Care Quality Commission (CQC) detailed how patients had abandoned their telephone calls for help - particularly on weekends - due to problems…
An understanding of death is at the heart of social work practice through direct interaction with the dying and their families, encountering bereaved service users, and with the risk of death across safeguarding procedures for children and adults. It was this topic on September 6 that saw the first conference…
A hospital trust in a city that prides itself on equality operates a culture of "bullying and discrimination", inspectors have said. NHS Improvement confirmed that Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust has been placed into special measures after Care Quality Commission inspectors highlighted a series of safety concerns and…
A controversial accommodation centre for families facing removal from the UK has been hailed as "excellent" and "groundbreaking" in an inspection report. But watchdogs also described Cedars - which is set to close - as "little used". Figures show 45 families were held at the facility near Gatwick Airport over…
“Having to learn on your feet how to communicate with someone who is non-verbal and can’t sign is a real challenge,” says Zoe Joyce, a 34-year-old mature student, who graduated this week with an MA in Social Work from the University of Sussex. "My first steps into working in this…
A University of East London report has found that a unique pilot programme which offers people experiencing emotional distress or feeling suicidal, greatly improved the wellbeing of most clients. The report, by UEL’s Centre for Social Work Research, concluded that a majority of people referred to The Place of Calm…
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