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We know that up to two-thirds of the people turning to the foodbank for help are having problems with the benefits system. That’s why since August 2013, a Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) adviser funded by the Pears Foundation has been working in a foodbank centre in Tower Hamlets, helping…
As leaders from the nine Integrated Personal Commissioning demonstrator sites meet to share early learning, Dr Linda Collie, Clinical Executive at NHS Portsmouth CCG, explains how working together with Portsmouth City Council and Age UK Portsmouth is enabling older people with complex health needs to become the real experts in…
When young people leave care, the transition can be fraught with difficulties which can continue well into adulthood, and even for life. The continuity of consistent relationships throughout a young person's care experience is important, and young people say they would benefit from positive, nurturing relationships. However, there can be…
A woman claims her arthritis and skin condition have been cured and her cancer reversed after she listened to "musical medicine". Katy Meiklem, from Fife, suffered progressive ill health for seven years, with constant severe pain, restricted mobility and psoriasis which caused rashes all over her body. Her doctor was…
An innovative project looking at how evidence can be used to enrich practice, based on research from the Joseph Rowntree Foundation (JRF) A Better Life programme, has released its findings. The project, which ran for one year in six sites across Wales and Scotland, focused on what matters to older…
Labour Market Statistics released yesterday show employment is at its highest since records began, and unemployment is decreasing rapidly, says Catherine Davie. But what impact does this have on poverty? While in-work poverty is a growing concern in the UK, we mustn’t forget that for those who are workless, gaining…
‌At the height of the election campaign, Prime Minister’s wife Samantha Cameron earned more coverage than women who were actually standing for Parliament. And female politicians are and have been largely invisible in the media, according to research by a University of Huddersfield lecturer. Deirdre O’Neill, a Senior Lecturer in…
So, technology and innovation in the adult social care market. Is it a contradiction in terms? I’ve certainly been struggling to find and commission innovative technology for our new build home in Kenilworth, Warwickshire. But at a Wayra event on 21 April (Technology in Social Care: innovation in adversity) I…
A high-profile piece of research recently suggested that the sons and brothers of convicted sex offenders are more likely to be convicted of sex crimes than others. The implication is that the potential for committing a sex offence may be written in our genes. But while this is an interesting…
How many hours should low-paid parents be expected to work? Universal credit (UC) pilots launched today provide an insight into government thinking on this question. Over the next year or so, 15,000 working families in receipt of UC will be randomly subject to different levels of ‘in-work conditionality’ requiring them…
Introducing video games as a means of bringing older adults in long-term care together may not always be an easy task, according to new research. Previous studies have shown the positive effects of motion-based video games, such as those available on the Nintendo Wii or Microsoft Kinect systems, on the…
Social workers from across Europe will be turning up at workplaces within the UK for a series of seminars on the final day of the IFSW European Conference and Social Services Expo in September. The event aims to give practitioners a chance to learn about an area of practice in…