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The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has added its name to the growing criticism of the Government’s decision to change the arrangements for the care and resettlement of certain child refugees. The so-called ‘Dubs amendment’ scheme, created by Labour peer and former child refugee Lord Alf Dubs and arranged…
The Health Foundation have just launched a new online resource clarifying the current and possible future state of health and social care funding in the UK... The UK currently spends over £140bn a year on public provision of health and over £20bn on social care. But how does that break…
Any call for drug policy reform in the UK is usually met with a standard response from the Home Office. It goes something like this: “Drug misuse among adults and young people has fallen in the last ten years and we are working to educate young people about the risks,…
Prison is not an easy ride – not least for those with autism spectrum disorder. We know from experience that some prisoners are more vulnerable to bullying and victimisation, more likely to be easily led and manipulated, and more vulnerable to sexual and physical abuse. They will likely have difficulty…
People who are hosting somebody with dementia for Christmas dinner are being urged to think about how they set the table to reduce stress levels. New tips suggest allowing people with dementia to graze on items such as sausage rolls, pigs in blankets and mince pies to prevent them feeling…
There is a desperate need to bring new money into the social care system but existing proposals will not deliver this, says Professor Les Mayhew from the Cass Business School at City, University of London. The government’s proposals to use council tax to raise money for social care is a…
Widespread dismay has greeted the omission of any reference in the 2016 Autumn Statement to the parlous state of social care funding. While few expected any fresh announcements about more money for the NHS, the level of unanimity in the calls for social care funding to be prioritised was impressive…
Syrian children now living as refugees in Lebanon are being given psychological care to help them overcome the trauma of war thanks to support from a Scottish charity. The Scottish Catholic International Aid Fund (Sciaf) is helping to fund its partner agency Caritas Lebanon to provide one-to-one counselling and group…
BASW CEO Dr Ruth Allen marks national Hospital Social Work Day 2016... Some of my most formative and rewarding work experiences have been in hospital settings, specifically on mental health wards. And some of the most skilled and inspirational social workers I have had the privilege to work with have…
Before the recent Autumn Statement, there was plenty of chatter about the government – at long last – putting more money into social care. The system has been starved of funds in recent years, with councils forced to provide significantly more care with vastly reduced funds. Only today, the Care…
This December 7th we will see a national day of celebration for Hospital social work, the practice and the social workers that make it happen. As we again enter into the period of high pressure on our social care services and staff it would be great to remember the essential…
One of the key points made in the recently published ADCS report, Pillars & Foundations: Next practice in children’s services, was a call for the sector to become much more proactive in delivering early help. Underlining this was a recommendation for a greater level of engagement between teams such as…
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