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The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched a detailed guide for social work and social care staff on how to raise concerns in their workplace. As part of their roles and responsibilities, NISCC is required to produce and publish Standards of Conduct and Practice expected of social workers…
NHS whistleblowers who are not satisfied with internal investigations will soon have support from an independent whistleblowing officer. The Independent National Whistleblowing Officer (INWO), said to be a UK first, will act under the auspices of the Scottish Public Services Ombudsman (SPSO) with statutory powers to help whistleblowers. The INWO…
The demanding nature of care work is a hot topic. Many professionals within this industry have difficult day-to-day roles, and it’s hard not to get emotionally invested in patients that you spend hours with every day. However, while it is part of the job, it can be both emotionally draining…
Unions have attacked the Chancellor for "letting down" millions of public sector workers over the controversial cap on their pay. Philip Hammond raised the prospect of increases for NHS staff, but only if productivity is improved. Unions representing other public sector workers including council staff, civil servants and teachers have…
Staff at an "unsafe" youth jail have been left in hospital following attacks after surging levels of violence swept through the privately run facility, an inspection report reveals. Young inmates at Oakhill secure training centre were said to be carrying improvised weapons because they do not feel safe. Watchdogs concluded…
In many parts of England employment levels are at record levels and I regularly hear anecdotes from contacts across the South of England that every time a new super-market opens, the social care labour pool shrinks or disappears. There have never been more people in work and unemployment is at…
Scottish Care has launched a new report on Mental Health at their annual Care Home Conference & Exhibition in Glasgow. The report, entitled ‘Fragile Foundations: Exploring the Mental Health of the Social Care Workforce and the People They Support’, was launched by Dr Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care CEO, in front…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has raised said it is extremely concerned about recent media articles that name social workers in their reporting of high-profile cases, which include tragic instances of child death. BASW say least two national newspapers list the names of social workers involved in one…
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