Social Media

The internet has transformed our lives. As of July 2016, around 40% of the world’s population was online – that’s nearly 3.5 billion internet users. Since it was created, the web has gone from being a simple tool used to share and distribute information to a complex virtual place which…
The number of care workers on zero-hours contracts has jumped from one in 10 of the sector’s workforce to one in seven in the past year, according to an analysis of official data. There is no specific legal definition of zero hour contracts however they are similar to normal contracts…
When hair-dressing or estate agency are booming we hear about the benefits. When social care is booming, we only tend to hear about the costs. The miracle of longevity is translated as the ‘care crisis’. However, there is a chance to make ageing the catalyst for a stronger economy and…
Children and adults with disabilities and health conditions, no matter how complex, want to receive their care and support at home and in their local communities. This is what is important to them. There are many families in Wales providing unpaid care and support to family, friends and neighbours and…
Each year, more than 250,000 missing person reports are made to the police in the UK alone. The loss can have a profound emotional effect on the families left behind, but their experiences are relatively little understood. Alongside colleagues from the charity Missing People, I’ve been exploring this issue in…
I am delighted to be opening the Inquiry office in Wales this week and speaking directly with some of the organisations who provide support for victims and survivors of child sexual abuse. I’m attending as Chair of the Inquiry and along with the three members of the Inquiry’s Panel, Dru…
Hundreds of unaccompanied child asylum seekers are being taken to Britain, moved from a camp in Calais, northern France, as its closure begins. There were 387 unaccompanied minors in the French refugee camp known as “the Jungle” with links to the UK and they are arriving in England in groups…
For more than 10 years now I have been working as a social worker assisting sex workers. Humanitas PMW in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, is a NGO that offers specialized support to anyone who makes or made money with sex, irrespective of for example the type of sex work, their gender,…
Gradually it comes into focus, when you step back from the routine. Words and acts of kindness – even very small – are part of what makes us human and makes our lives liveable. The Carnegie UK Trust/Joseph Rowntree Foundation collaboration to find out more – noticing, checking out the…
The National Autistic Society Scotland - Moving Forward team, give an insight into how their project supports young autistic people into employment, further education or volunteering opportunities. The Moving Forward project is funded by the Big Lottery Fund until 2017 and provides a flexible and person centred pathway toward employment…
The past few weeks has seen considerable attention being paid to the value placed on a workforce, which in Scotland, is now in excess of 200,000. One in every thirteen working adults are now employed in the sector. During September the sector received considerable national attention; the Scottish Government`s Programme…
According to popular wisdom death is the great leveller, affirming our common humanity whatever our status in life. But our recent study of people bereaved by a drug or alcohol-related death found it can also marginalise and stigmatise both those who have died and those left behind. Our 2012-15 ESRC…
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