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Tara Lal's brother took his own life when she was just 17. Here she blogs about how his death affected her, and how over time her grief made her a stronger person. For years, all I could see was what I had lost. Within four years we had gone from…
Good childcare provision is more about quality than quantity, says Helen Barnard. The Conservative’s flagship policy to give all families 30 hours of free childcare a week offered a ray of hope to working parents struggling to balance high childcare costs. But yesterday, the National Association of Headteachers said that…
The NSPCC’s Child Trafficking Advice Centre (CTAC) is working with Vietnam, Nigeria and Romania to help stop vulnerable children from being trafficked into the UK. Thousands of vulnerable children and young people are trafficked into the UK every year. They are brought into this country by adult perpetrators to be…
The last few years in the UK have been marked by a surge in interest in dementia from politicians. It dates from the dawning realisation that dementia costs more than cancer, heart disease and stroke put together, the realization that there is no early prospect of a cure, and an…
Sarah Pollock, Lecturer in Social Work argues that Government plans will increase the challenges facing social workers Proposals to offer routine NHS England services seven days a week have already generated a backlash. The plans may be driven by a desire to reduce the higher death rate for patients admitted…
This is the time of year when young girls may be taken abroad for female genital mutilation (FGM). Vanessa Lodge, Chair of the national FGM steering group for NHS England, shares advice for preventing the abuse and supporting victims. A great step forward has been taken in protecting those at…
As part of the government’s strategy to cut the human and economic cost of alcohol misuse, it currently recommends that men and women shouldn’t regularly drink more than three to four and two to three units a day respectively. In theory, such guidelines help people make informed decisions about their…
Transgender (trans)* young people engaging in survival sex in the United Kingdom and the United States is a major research gap and this blog will introduce a limited selection of compound harms featured in a broader interdisciplinary literature review compiled for my PhD thesis. I will firstly highlight trans young…
In July 2015, the University of Birmingham released a report ‘Micro-Enterprises: Small enough to care?’ The report summarised the findings of a two year evaluation of micro-enterprises in social care in England. It concluded that SME’s were found to be more dynamic and personalised than larger organisations and one of…
Cornerstone is one of the largest care providers in Scotland, providing services to children and adults in 20 of the country’s 32 local authority areas. With a turnover of almost £36m and a payroll of over 2,500 staff, we are a significant contributor to the delivery of public services. We…
Wednesday, 15 Jul, 2015

Engage: Social care evidence base

Social care may be the poor relation of healthcare with regard to research funding, but it’s something of a myth that it is not evidence-based, says Research in Practice Director Dez Holmes (How good is the social care sector at building an evidence base? Guardian Social Care Network, 7 July…
The use of temporary agency staff in the NHS is not a new story, but recently re-appeared after Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, admitted that hospitals were over spending on agency staff to the tune of £1.8 billion in 2014 – twice the the amount that was budgeted…