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Following a recent whistleblowing incident, three members of staff have been suspended from work, pending a police investigation, at MacIntyre’s School at Wingrave, Buckinghamshire. Sarah Burslem, Managing Director, said “After a member of staff came to us with concerns, we checked the facts of the allegations, then reported the matter…
The Northern Ireland Office (NIO) is set to take a mental health charity to court in an attempt to forcibly remove it from Hillsborough Castle. Praxis Care has run the Secret Garden cafe in the grounds of the 96-acre estate for almost a decade in an initiative set up by…
An article examined the costs and outcomes of advocacy provided to parents with learning disabilities at risk of having their children taken into care. It said that the potential cost savings per case ranged from £720 (impact on children's social services only) to over £3130 (including savings to other public…
A housing support service in Perth and Kinross has received top marks from Scotland’s social care regulator after an unannounced inspection. Inspectors gave Turning Point Scotland’s Perth and Kinross service marks of ‘excellent’ across the board which is the second inspection in a row the service achieved these grades. The…
This report presents further findings from the 2013 Learning Disabilities Census, following an initial report published on the 13 December 2013. The principal aim of the Census was to deliver action 17 in ‘Transforming Care: A national response to Winterbourne View Hospital - “an audit of current services for people…
Young people with learning disabilities have occupied a marginalised position within discussions around the transition from childhood to adulthood and this is reflected in their absence from the mainstream literature on the subject. The same can be said of their position in relation to debates around citizenship status and again,…
A Welsh carer who plundered the bank account of a vulnerable man she was supposed to be looking after has been jailed. Laura Jane Nichols, aged 26, admitted stealing £10,000 from the bank account of the man, “40 or 50 times.” She was caught when a colleague at Elliots Hill…
Nottinghamshire County Council has reversed plans to cut its Asperger’s team after an outcry from the public. The U-turn means the authority will continue to provide the service, which helps around 200 adults with Asperger’s. Muriel Weisz, chair of the Council’s adult social care and health committee, said: “It has…
“I stop and think … [I] think of the consequences to my son” This quote is one of many that illustrate the impact of a pilot programme to help prisoners with learning disabilities or difficulties learn new skills. We have posted before about our concern that most programmes designed to…
A charity worker has become the first person from Ayrshire to pick up a global humanitarian award created in honour of the region's most famous son, Robert Burns. Blanche Nicolson, from the charity Hansel, was named as the 2014 winner of the Robert Burns Humanitarian Award at a ceremony at…
The Committee for Employment and Learning has just launched an inquiry that will examine the level and quality of support available to young people with learning disabilities leaving full-time education. As part of its inquiry, the Committee will take an in-depth look at the availability of further education, employment and…
The RCN has welcomed a DHSSPS action plan on the future of learning disability nursing in Northern Ireland but has raised concerns about the decline in numbers and the ageing profile of the workforce. Responding to a DHSSPS consultation on the Modernising learning disabilities nursing review: strengthening the commitment: Northern…