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“I have something to say. I want to share it with you.” By tapping a few keys in a specific sequence, I have made a code emerge on the screen. When you see these words, the language area of your brain (usually the left side) converts the sequence into meaning.…
Are more children going into care than ever before? According to recent government data, the number of children in care in England has reached a 30-year high. The claim is based on the number of children in care on the March 31 in a given year, a figure that has…
The demand for older and more experienced social workers is on the rise. That’s the finding of our Social Care Index (SCI) which analyses trends based on over 30,000 temporary social care appointments. And although it’s reassuring to know that the majority of positions are being filled by the most…
This is a critical time for mental health in Scotland. In the current climate of austerity, funding crises and shrinking services, people affected by mental health problems find it increasingly difficult to get the right kind of support when they require it. The problems are well-known. There are serious shortcomings…
If it’s no fun getting old, then why do surveys of national well-being show that older people are happier than younger people? Recent research into happiness, questioning people about their lives as a whole, their jobs, family, social activities and other aspects, has started to reveal some intriguing patterns. New…
Fast-tracking people through social work will not address the problems of recruitment and retention for the profession, according to a Plymouth University academic. Di Galpin, Academic lead in social work, said the greatest change has to come from changing the culture of the job, including tackling issues of blame, high…
As a charity supporting people with learning disabilities we are acutely aware of the many pressures families and care professionals are facing, particularly in a climate of funding cuts and increasing costs. To get under the skin of these issues and better understand them from a staff and parent’s perspective,…
Writing in his blog today, Richard Branson has revealed an unreleased statement from the UN Office on Drugs and Crime (UNODC), which calls on governments around the world to decriminalise drug use and possession for personal consumption for all drugs... “Greatness comes in simple trappings,” Richard Nixon once said. It…
In the face of negative publicity and cuts to services, social workers are starting to find their voice, says Anna McLaughlin. Here she explains why she is involved in setting up a new BASW branch in Merseyside, which meets for the first time on Wednesday, 14 October. I’ve been a…
The Care Act signalled the start of significant legislative changes within the public sector, and despite some delay, it has undoubtedly changed the landscape of social care in the UK. With the Act to coming into force at a time when budgets are under unprecedented pressure, the social care landscape…
Amid growing concern that most NHS providers are sliding into deficit, arguably we should be even more worried about social care providers. This is a complex and sprawling sector – more than 12,000 independent organisations, ranging from big corporate chains to small family-run businesses, charities and social enterprises, which makes…
Over the coming weeks, the Scotland’s Commissioner for Children and Young People (SCCYP) will be running a short series of blogs on child poverty in Scotland from voices across the children’s sector. In this first piece, SCCYP Head of Policy Máire McCormack gives an overview of the past, present and…
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