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Children in need of help will be able to get counselling on their smartphones through a new app launched by the NSPCC's Childline. The app will allow youngsters to chat directly with a counsellor, as well as get advice on issues such as bullying. It also includes a private "locker"…
Facebook has started using a new artificial intelligence (AI) system to identify users showing warning signs of suicide. The AI has been trained to spot status updates and subsequent comments that could indicate someone was at risk. The algorithm would immediately send a report to a real reviewer, who could…
The National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) has endorsed a new online toolkit developed by researchers at Keele University, which aims to prevent falls amongst the elderly that cost the NHS more than £2 billion a year in total. The Falls Risk Assessment Toolkit identifies patients at risk…
Skills for Health has launched a comprehensive social media toolkit for the UK healthcare sector, providing healthcare organisations and professionals with sector-specific insight, advice and best practice on using social media effectively. The free toolkit, created with support from Public Health Wales, key industry experts and employers, has been written…
The new test website for Social Care Wales has been launched ahead of the new organisation starting work on 3 April 2017. Social Care Wales will bring together the Care Council and the Social Services Improvement Agency and be responsible for leading and supporting the improvement of early years and…
Researchers have been awarded a £250,000 grant to help the Government monitor Brexit-related hate crime on social media. A team at Cardiff University is to develop a monitoring tool that displays a live feed of the spread of hate speech on Twitter. The researchers will use Brexit as a demonstrator…
Jeremy Corbyn has accused Theresa May of being out of touch with the NHS crisis and launched a website to counter her claims the health service is dealing with a "small number" of adverse incidents. Labour has invited health professionals and patients to visit www.SmallNumberOfIncidents.com to share their experiences of…
New artificial intelligence software designed to spot new child sexual abuse media online could help police catch child abusers. The toolkit, described in a paper published in Digital Investigation, automatically detects new child sexual abuse photos and videos in online peer-to-peer networks. The research behind this technology was conducted in…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC), regulator for the social care workforce in NI, has refreshed their Mobile Learning App ‘The Domiciliary Care Toolkit’. The App has updated content on Dementia Care, Adult Safeguarding and the NISCC Standards of Conduct and Practice for Social Care Workers. Sean Holland, Chief…
A new form which enables stalking victims to report the crime online has been launched. Police Scotland hopes the form will encourage people who may be unable to go to a station, or be hesitant about going, to report concerns about stalking. It also enables concerned third parties, including family,…
A charity has set up an "online breath test" which can help detect lung problems. People who get out of breath doing every day tasks such as walking up stairs have been encouraged to take the online test by the British Lung Foundation (BLF). The charity said that millions of…
Social Services Knowledge Scotland (SSKS) is a website and digital library dedicated to social care. Content relates to policy, practice and personal development within social services in Scotland. It was originally developed in partnership with Iriss and other sector organisations, and is built on NHS Education for Scotland 's long-established…
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