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The Department for Education’s proposal that for-profit companies could provide child protection services and other statutory functions for families caused a major public uproar this spring – and the furore is still rumbling. A front-page article in the Guardian, tens of thousands of signatories to various petitions, a letter signed…
It is estimated that the NHS faces a shortfall of at least £30 billion a year within a decade and possibly a deficit as high as £50 billion. Martin Stevens of King’s and John Woolham of Coventry University report on an event last month where experts debated funding and integration…
Over the last couple of years, the country’s focus on improving the standard of dementia care has intensified. Partly, I believe, as a response to David Cameron’s Dementia Challenge pledge, but also as a result of the stark reality that 800,000 people in the UK now live with the condition.…
Throughout the 1980’s and 1990’s, as well as doing my day job, I also worked one or two shifts a week on the out-of-hours standby duty team. This team, consisting mainly of fulltime social workers, dealt exclusively with emergencies and crises that arose outside normal working hours. We covered nights,…
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