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For Julia Ogden, raising her beloved autistic son can be like bridging the gap to an alien world, one that can be difficult to navigate and interpret. She has had to work hard over a number of years to identify and access networks for information and support for parents and…
It was around this time last year that I first read about the Step Up to Social Work Programme in my local newspaper. I had worked in a good range of different Health and Social Care roles and was fostering at the time, but wanted a professional qualification which would…
University of Exeter research which can help people living with early-stage dementia to manage their everyday lives and remain independent will be showcased by politicians at the House of Commons. The work of Professor Linda Clare is assisting people with early-stage dementia to improve their well-being, and those who care…
Jeremy Hunt has apologised to the parents of a baby who died, saying they were "let down in the worst possible way" by the NHS. In a statement to MPs, the Health Secretary offered his condolences to the family of William Mead, who died In December 2014 following a string…
The mother of a baby whose death has thrown doubt on whether the NHS's out-of-hours helpline can identify when children have potentially deadly illnesses has described the whole situation as "soul-destroying". Melissa Mead, 29, of Penryn in Cornwall, was speaking after an NHS England report found that 16 mistakes had…
A partnership between the University of Gloucestershire and Gloucestershire County Council is strengthening social care in the county. The university and county council are working collaboratively to organise a series of master classes as part of a Social Work Academy that all social work students from the university and social…
A "depraved" carer who filmed herself sexually abusing elderly victims at a residential home and shared the footage with her boyfriend has had five years added to her prison sentence. Judges at the Court of Appeal in London agreed with Solicitor General Robert Buckland that the original jail term of…
The parents of murdered teenager Georgia Williams have attacked "disastrous" failings identified by a serious case review into previous attacks carried out by her killer. A serious case review into police and social services' contact with murderer Jamie Reynolds criticised a "confused" inquiry into his attempt to strangle a 16-year-old…
The "domineering" founder of an international aid charity fronted by the Duchess of Cornwall secured lucrative contracts for his son so he could buy a new house, a court has been told. Thomas Henderson (pictured) allegedly carried out the fraud while he was chief executive at disaster relief charity ShelterBox,…
A police force has been ordered to make immediate improvements after a watchdog found it had an "inconsistent" response to child sexual exploitation. Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) said its inspectors found Devon and Cornwall Police officers had a "lack of understanding" about the extent of the issue. In…
A company boss and his wife have won a family court fight over their three-year-old grandson, despite a social worker suggesting that they could not provide the "therapeutic parenting" the youngster needed. The couple wanted to bring up the little boy after his parents said they could not care for…
Skills for Health has published a unique report, “Higher Apprenticeships in the South West”, exploring the contribution the Higher Apprenticeship Framework has had on the development of the “semi-autonomous worker” or Assistant Practitioner (AP) role. The research outlines the positive impact the AP role has had on career opportunities for…
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