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New ways of offering people more choice and control over their social care can make a real difference but further work is needed to ensure everyone can benefit, says a report. Since 2014 councils have been responsible for implementing Self-directed Support (SDS), which offers people more choices around their support…
Over the last year, the number of local Healthwatch citing improvements to home care services as a priority for their community has doubled. Our new report explains what people have told Healthwatch about their experience of home care. Across England there are more than 5,500 home care providers, collectively helping…
More people should be benefiting from a planned transformation of social care, a new report has said. The review found "no evidence" of the radical change needed to fully implement a ten-year strategy for self-directed support (SDS). The policy, drawn up by the Scottish Government and council body Cosla in…
People who receive care at home have described going two weeks without a shower, getting their evening meal at 3.30pm and receiving care from workers who are "unable to boil an egg" in a new report. Staff coming at different times and even missing appointments have also been highlighted in…
Social Services Minister Rebecca Evans has praised Powys’s health and social care services for becoming the first area in Wales to jointly implement a new IT system that helps health and social care professionals work together to provide care closer to people’s homes. The Welsh Community Care Information System (WCCIS)…
What happens to children who are referred for help, but don’t meet the threshold for support? When things are bad, but not quite bad enough? A lot of work has gone into encouraging people to contact children’s services when they are worried about a child, and it's good news that…
Thousands of children in England referred to social services over concerns including abuse and neglect are not getting the help they need, a charity has said. Action for Children has warned that up to 140,000 youngsters do not meet the threshold for social care and are not referred to early…
Families who pay for overnight care for loved ones with a learning disability could be forced to find tens of thousands of pounds in back pay for carers, a charity has said. A change in guidance on pay for carers who provide so-called "sleep-in" care could leave some families liable…
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