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Postal workers are to help a charity find vulnerable missing children and adults in a new partnership aimed at reuniting families. Royal Mail is joining forces with Missing People by distributing alerts to its 124,000 postmen and women across the UK, giving information on missing people. Descriptions and photographs will…
Northern Ireland's Justice Minister David Ford has welcomed the positive impact of the Registered Intermediaries Schemes in assisting vulnerable victims, witnesses and defendants in communicating more effectively. The Schemes began in May 2013 and this week the Department of Justice has launched a second recruitment campaign for Registered Intermediaries. The…
A vulnerable man was without bathing facilities for six months because care providers failed to monitor him, say two ombudsmen. The 31-year-old from Plymouth, who suffers from schizophrenia and Asperger’s syndrome, was also wrongly charged more than £8,000 for accommodation and put at risk of financial exploitation. Parliamentary and Health…
London’s fire service is urging carers and social workers to be alert to the risk of fire after new figures revealed a third of those who died in accidental fires last year were receiving care services. Of the 31 people who died in accidental fires last year, eight had a…
A new strategy to help cut the number of people committing suicide has been unveiled. The accompanying document outlines how the Scottish Government aims to continue a downward trend in suicide numbers over the last 10 years. Scotland has recorded an 18% fall since 2002, bucking the trend in many…
The wilful neglect of patients could become a criminal offence in Scotland, the Health Secretary has said. Alex Neil is “minded” to introduce legislation which is already under consideration in England. The proposal was brought forward in the wake of recent care scandals, including in Mid Staffordshire where an investigation…
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