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A child protection helpline has reported a 58% rise in the number of calls it received from Northern Ireland last year, compared to the previous year.
Service users across Europe want their social workers to be good listeners, empathetic and politically motivated, a DVD launched to mark World Social Work Day in Northern Ireland has suggested.
DUANE Farrell, director of policy at Age NI said stories like that of Jackie’s father ‘‘demonstrate that many older people are being let down by the health & social care system and are not being treated with the compassion and dignity they deserve.’’
The first sod has been cut on the £4.7m second phase development of the mental health unit at Craigavon Area Hospital.