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Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

16 August 2018 England

Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

Social care services firm CareTech has agreed to buy Cambian in a deal that values the takeover target at up to £372 million. CareTech said the deal was "compelling" given the "highly complementary service offering and geographical coverage" provided by both ...

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

15 August 2018 England

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 40% from 5,368 in May 2010 to 3,247 in April 2018, figures from NHS Digital ...

Brokenshire admits no new money for flagship plan to eradicate rough sleeping

14 August 2018 England

Brokenshire admits no new money for flagship plan to eradicate rough sleeping

The Government has committed no new money to pay for its flagship £100 million fund to eradicate rough sleeping within the decade, Housing Secretary James Brokenshire has admitted. The fund was welcomed by homelessness charities as a significant step towards ...

Government announce £100 million plan to end rough sleeping in England by 2027

13 August 2018 England

Government announce £100 million plan to end rough sleeping in England by 2027

Theresa May has declared her aim to help homeless people "turn their lives around" as the Government launched a £100 million plan to end rough sleeping on England's streets. The strategy was welcomed by homelessness charities, who said it was a significant st...

Action urged on 'untenable' NHS staffing as figures show reliance on agency workers

10 August 2018 England

Action urged on 'untenable' NHS staffing as figures show reliance on agency workers

The Government has been urged to address the "untenable" staffing shortage in the NHS, as figures reveal some trusts are relying on agency staff for months on end. At least 3,700 staff members have worked at least one shift per month at the same trust for mor...

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Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

16 Aug 2018 England

Social care services firm CareTech has agreed to buy Cambian in a deal that values the takeover target at up to £372 million. CareTech said the deal was "compelling" given the "highly ...

Scotland’s social service workforce regulator appoints new Chief Executive

Scotland’s social service workforce regulator appoints new Chief Executive

16 Aug 2018 Scotland

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today announced the appointment of Lorraine Gray as its new Chief Executive. Ms Gray was appointed Interim Chief Executive in the spring, fo...

Police officer cleared over death of 20-year-old following 'unorthodox' restraint

Police officer cleared over death of 20-year-old following 'unorthodox' restraint

16 Aug 2018 England

A police officer has been cleared of misconduct over the death of a 20-year-old who was restrained in an "unorthodox" way on a shop floor. Rashan Charles died in July 2017 after he was...

New arrests in child sexual exploitation probe amid reports of grooming in Bury

New arrests in child sexual exploitation probe amid reports of grooming in Bury

16 Aug 2018 England

Twenty-one people have now been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bury, police said. On Wednesday, further arrests were made as part of the...

Cardiff researchers to explore impact of new HIV prevention strategy

Cardiff researchers to explore impact of new HIV prevention strategy

16 Aug 2018 Wales

Wales is about to become one of the first countries to robustly examine the use of a new HIV prevention strategy that has been rolled out across the world. Dr David Gillespie, Deputy...

Anti-abortion campaigners lose legal challenge over home medication move

Anti-abortion campaigners lose legal challenge over home medication move

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

A campaign group's legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home has been rejected by a judge. The Society for ...

Scotland’s baby box celebrates anniversary with 85% uptake in first year

Scotland’s baby box celebrates anniversary with 85% uptake in first year

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week have been delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme. The Scottish Government said 52,065 baby boxes have been gifted t...

Detectives charge 31 people in Huddersfield with child sexual abuse offences

Detectives charge 31 people in Huddersfield with child sexual abuse offences

15 Aug 2018 England

Detectives have charged 31 people with offences including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sexual offences against children in the Huddersfield area. West Yorkshire Pol...

Leukaemia treatment research in Glasgow receives £3.1M funding boost

Leukaemia treatment research in Glasgow receives £3.1M funding boost

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

Researchers have been awarded £3.1 million for a pioneering study to help find new treatments for a rare form of blood cancer. Scientists at the University of Glasgow's Institute of Ca...

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

15 Aug 2018 England

The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 4...

Ex-PM calls for increases in welfare payments to tackle 'national disgrace' of child poverty

Ex-PM calls for increases in welfare payments to tackle 'national disgrace' of child poverty

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

Lack of action to tackle child poverty is creating "a generation of invisible boys and girls", according to former prime minister Gordon Brown. He accused both the Scottish and UK gove...

Eight-year-old urges company to lower price of cystic fibrosis drug

Eight-year-old urges company to lower price of cystic fibrosis drug

15 Aug 2018 England

An eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has urged a pharmaceutical company to lower the price of a drug so it can be made available on the NHS. Orkambi received its European licence...

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Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

16 Aug 2018 England

Social care services firm CareTech has agreed to buy Cambian in a deal that values the takeover target at up to £372 million. CareTech said the deal was "compelling" given the "highly ...

Police officer cleared over death of 20-year-old following 'unorthodox' restraint

Police officer cleared over death of 20-year-old following 'unorthodox' restraint

16 Aug 2018 England

A police officer has been cleared of misconduct over the death of a 20-year-old who was restrained in an "unorthodox" way on a shop floor. Rashan Charles died in July 2017 after he was...

New arrests in child sexual exploitation probe amid reports of grooming in Bury

New arrests in child sexual exploitation probe amid reports of grooming in Bury

16 Aug 2018 England

Twenty-one people have now been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bury, police said. On Wednesday, further arrests were made as part of the...

Detectives charge 31 people in Huddersfield with child sexual abuse offences

Detectives charge 31 people in Huddersfield with child sexual abuse offences

15 Aug 2018 England

Detectives have charged 31 people with offences including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sexual offences against children in the Huddersfield area. West Yorkshire Pol...

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

15 Aug 2018 England

The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 4...

Eight-year-old urges company to lower price of cystic fibrosis drug

Eight-year-old urges company to lower price of cystic fibrosis drug

15 Aug 2018 England

An eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has urged a pharmaceutical company to lower the price of a drug so it can be made available on the NHS. Orkambi received its European licence...

School exclusion rule found to discriminate against children with disabilities

School exclusion rule found to discriminate against children with disabilities

15 Aug 2018 England

Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in t...

Jail for GP who took thousands of videos and images of female patients

Jail for GP who took thousands of videos and images of female patients

15 Aug 2018 England

A GP who secretly took thousands of videos and images of female patients during appointments was told he had breached their trust as he was jailed for 14 months. One victim claimed tha...

Care Minister announces £76 million a year for extra housing to support vulnerable and disabled

Care Minister announces £76 million a year for extra housing to support vulnerable and disabled

14 Aug 2018 England

Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with a...

Almost third of cancer patients experience mental health issues after treatment

Almost third of cancer patients experience mental health issues after treatment

14 Aug 2018 England

Nearly three in 10 (29%) cancer patients have experienced mental health issues as a result of treatment, figures show. Just over one in 10 (11%) had sought professional help for condit...

Families 'heartbroken' as spinal muscular atrophy drug rejected for NHS use

Families 'heartbroken' as spinal muscular atrophy drug rejected for NHS use

14 Aug 2018 England

A charity has condemned a decision by health officials to reject a drug to treat a rare genetic disorder which can mean that affected children do not live to their their second birthday...

Black cab rapist questioned by police over further sexual assault allegations

Black cab rapist questioned by police over further sexual assault allegations

14 Aug 2018 England

Black cab rapist John Worboys has reportedly been questioned by police over allegations of non-recent sexual assault. The Met said they would not confirm the person's identity other th...

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Scotland’s social service workforce regulator appoints new Chief Executive

Scotland’s social service workforce regulator appoints new Chief Executive

16 Aug 2018 Scotland

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today announced the appointment of Lorraine Gray as its new Chief Executive. Ms Gray was appointed Interim Chief Executive in the sprin...

Anti-abortion campaigners lose legal challenge over home medication move

Anti-abortion campaigners lose legal challenge over home medication move

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

A campaign group's legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home has been rejected by a judge. The Society...

Scotland’s baby box celebrates anniversary with 85% uptake in first year

Scotland’s baby box celebrates anniversary with 85% uptake in first year

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week have been delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme. The Scottish Government said 52,065 baby boxes have been gif...

Leukaemia treatment research in Glasgow receives £3.1M funding boost

Leukaemia treatment research in Glasgow receives £3.1M funding boost

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

Researchers have been awarded £3.1 million for a pioneering study to help find new treatments for a rare form of blood cancer. Scientists at the University of Glasgow's Institute ...

Ex-PM calls for increases in welfare payments to tackle 'national disgrace' of child poverty

Ex-PM calls for increases in welfare payments to tackle 'national disgrace' of child poverty

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

Lack of action to tackle child poverty is creating "a generation of invisible boys and girls", according to former prime minister Gordon Brown. He accused both the Scottish and UK...

Quality of critical care in Scotland is high but report warns of ICU bed shortages

Quality of critical care in Scotland is high but report warns of ICU bed shortages

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

Auditors have warned increasing evidence indicates parts of Scotland lack adequate numbers of intensive care beds. An audit of more than 46,000 patients admitted to specialist war...

Former Celtic FC youth coach jailed for sexually abusing teenager

Former Celtic FC youth coach jailed for sexually abusing teenager

14 Aug 2018 Scotland

Former Celtic Football Club youth coach Jim McCafferty has been jailed after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a teenager in what a court heard he had regarded as a "bit of fun"....

UK Government’s ‘shambolic Brexit’ poses threat to NHS Scotland – SNP

UK Government’s ‘shambolic Brexit’ poses threat to NHS Scotland – SNP

13 Aug 2018 Scotland

The UK Government’s “shambolic Brexit” poses a threat to the future of the NHS in Scotland, the SNP has said. MP Dr Philippa Whitford said a “power grab” over public procurement c...

Action plan aims to cut suicide rates across Scotland by 20%

Action plan aims to cut suicide rates across Scotland by 20%

10 Aug 2018 Scotland

Scotland is to set up a special suicide prevention group as part of efforts to reduce the number of people who take their own life by 20%. The National Suicide Prevention Leadersh...

Council to carry out assessments in asylum seeker lock changes row

Council to carry out assessments in asylum seeker lock changes row

08 Aug 2018 Scotland

Immigration minister Caroline Nokes has agreed to allow Glasgow City Council to individually assess all asylum seekers embroiled in a lock change row. Ms Nokes (pictured) met coun...

Serco halting lock changes ‘only temporary relief for asylum seekers’

Serco halting lock changes ‘only temporary relief for asylum seekers’

07 Aug 2018 Scotland

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has insisted the Home Office’s “cruel” immigration policy requires an “injection of humanity”. Mr Yousaf, who was promoted to the role in June, hit ...

Justice Secretary vows to consider family’s call for ‘Michelle’s Law’

Justice Secretary vows to consider family’s call for ‘Michelle’s Law’

06 Aug 2018 Scotland

Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf has pledged to look at how victims’ rights could be strengthened after meeting the family of a teenage girl who was murdered by her ex-boyfriend. Re...

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Cardiff researchers to explore impact of new HIV prevention strategy

Cardiff researchers to explore impact of new HIV prevention strategy

16 Aug 2018 Wales

Wales is about to become one of the first countries to robustly examine the use of a new HIV prevention strategy that has been rolled out across the world. Dr David Gillespie, Deputy...

Jury members sought for project exploring people’s experiences of care in Wales

Jury members sought for project exploring people’s experiences of care in Wales

09 Aug 2018 Wales

The Measuring the Mountain project is looking for people to take part in its Citizens' Jury at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 24-27 September 2018. The Measuring the Mountain team...

Updated safeguarding awareness training pack for care workers in Wales

Updated safeguarding awareness training pack for care workers in Wales

09 Aug 2018 Wales

Social Care Wales and WCVA have announced an updated version of their safeguarding awareness guide for training those who work with children and vulnerable adults. The 'All Wales Basic...

Review finds 'missed opportunities' to protect murdered Elsie Scully-Hicks

Review finds 'missed opportunities' to protect murdered Elsie Scully-Hicks

03 Aug 2018 Wales

There were missed opportunities to protect a baby girl who was murdered by her father two weeks after he formally adopted her, a review has found. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 32, passed the ...

New project aims to prepare social care sector in Wales for Brexit

New project aims to prepare social care sector in Wales for Brexit

02 Aug 2018 Wales

A new project to help the social care sector in Wales plan its workforce requirements post-Brexit has been announced by the Welsh Government. £200,000 has been allocated from the Welsh...

Tackling loneliness made national priority in Wales amid 'ticking time bomb' fears

Tackling loneliness made national priority in Wales amid 'ticking time bomb' fears

24 Jul 2018 Wales

Loneliness and isolation in rural Wales is a "ticking time bomb" which must be tackled, a Welsh Government minister has said. Huw Irranca-Davies, the social care minister, said that de...

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

19 Jul 2018 Wales

An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's ...

Judge concerned at 'chronic' shortage of secure accommodation for teenagers

Judge concerned at 'chronic' shortage of secure accommodation for teenagers

12 Jul 2018 Wales

A family court judge based in Wales has raised concern about a "chronic" shortage of specialist secure accommodation for teenagers. Judge Gareth Jones said he had recently analysed a c...

High Court backs Irish social workers in family court litigation

High Court backs Irish social workers in family court litigation

10 Jul 2018 Wales

A woman who left Wales and travelled to the Republic of Ireland when pregnant after her first son was taken into council care is facing fresh family court litigation in Britain. Social...

Health Secretary announces NHS staff in Wales to be offered pay rise

Health Secretary announces NHS staff in Wales to be offered pay rise

05 Jul 2018 Wales

NHS staff in Wales will be offered a pay rise as the health service marks seven decades since its creation, it has been announced. Welsh Health Secretary Vaughan Gething said the offer...

NHS founder 'would be angry about health inequalities still in place across UK'

NHS founder 'would be angry about health inequalities still in place across UK'

04 Jul 2018 Wales

The founder of the NHS would be angry over the health inequalities that persist across the UK, the Welsh health secretary has said. But Vaughan Gething said that Welshman Aneurin Bevan...

Study finds home improvements could considerably reduce emergency hospital admissions

Study finds home improvements could considerably reduce emergency hospital admissions

03 Jul 2018 Wales

Governments could relieve pressure on the NHS by investing in upgrades to social housing, according to a new study. The findings suggest that making home improvements could help to con...

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Call to new NI social care registrants to participate in workforce survey

Call to new NI social care registrants to participate in workforce survey

09 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council have issued a call to all new social care registrants and their managers to take part in a survey to review the impact of social care registrati...

Radiotherapy trial could significantly cut number of prostate cancer visits

Radiotherapy trial could significantly cut number of prostate cancer visits

08 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

A radical new radiotherapy trial could significantly cut the number of visits for men with prostate cancer, researchers said. Treatment may be delivered in just five bouts compared to ...

Mother of epileptic teenager calls for new 'Billy's Law' in Northern Ireland

Mother of epileptic teenager calls for new 'Billy's Law' in Northern Ireland

08 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

The mother of an epileptic teenager is calling for a new "Billy's Law" in Northern Ireland. Billy Caldwell's mum Charlotte successfully led a campaign to get medicinal cannabis laws ch...

NI charity warns of social isolation after funding cut to accessible transport

NI charity warns of social isolation after funding cut to accessible transport

02 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

Some of Northern Ireland's disabled and older residents face "social isolation" following a 5% funding cut to accessible transport, a charity warned. The door-to-door bus is funded by ...

Faith-based objections have no place in same-sex marriage debate, Justin McAleese

Faith-based objections have no place in same-sex marriage debate, Justin McAleese

02 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

Faith-based objections have no place in the secular same-sex marriage debate in Northern Ireland, the son of former Irish president Mary McAleese said. It is the only part of the UK in...

Man accused of naming woman at centre of rape trial to be prosecuted

Man accused of naming woman at centre of rape trial to be prosecuted

02 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

A man is to be prosecuted for allegedly using social media to name the woman at the centre of a rape trial involving two rugby stars. Former Ireland and Ulster players Paddy Jackson, 2...

Barnardo's comes out in support of marriage equality in Northern Ireland

Barnardo's comes out in support of marriage equality in Northern Ireland

01 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

Barnardo's has become the first children's charity in Northern Ireland to publicly voice support for the recognition of same-sex marriage. It made the announcement on Wednesday to coin...

Emergency payment scheme opens for flood victims in Northern Ireland

Emergency payment scheme opens for flood victims in Northern Ireland

30 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

An emergency payment scheme for homeowners flooded during Saturday's heavy downpours in Northern Ireland has been opened. Belfast International Airport recorded more rainfall than the ...

Politicians unite in call for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland

Politicians unite in call for abortion law reform in Northern Ireland

23 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

More than 170 politicians from across the spectrum in the UK and Ireland have called on the British Government to reform Northern Ireland's abortion laws. The group, including Conserva...

Children 'exploited and goaded' into Londonderry violence, says Bradley

Children 'exploited and goaded' into Londonderry violence, says Bradley

18 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

Dissident republicans who have "nothing to offer their communities" have "exploited and goaded" children into violence in Londonderry, according to the Northern Ireland Secretary. Kare...

Consultancy appointed to lead Dunmurry Manor Care Home independent review

Consultancy appointed to lead Dunmurry Manor Care Home independent review

16 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Department of Health has announced the appointment of a consultancy to carry out an independent review into care failings at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, focussing on th...

Young Co Down girl admitted to hospital during wait for medicinal cannabis license

Young Co Down girl admitted to hospital during wait for medicinal cannabis license

11 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

A young girl from Co Down waiting to hear if she has been granted a licence to be treated with medicinal cannabis oil, has been admitted to hospital. Sophia Gibson, six, from Newtownar...


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Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

16 Aug 2018 England

Social care services firm CareTech has agreed to buy Cambian in a deal that values the takeover target at up to £372 million. CareTech said the deal was "compelling" given the "highly ...

Scotland’s social service workforce regulator appoints new Chief Executive

Scotland’s social service workforce regulator appoints new Chief Executive

16 Aug 2018 Scotland

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today announced the appointment of Lorraine Gray as its new Chief Executive. Ms Gray was appointed Interim Chief Executive in the spring, fo...

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

15 Aug 2018 England

The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 4...

Care Minister announces £76 million a year for extra housing to support vulnerable and disabled

Care Minister announces £76 million a year for extra housing to support vulnerable and disabled

14 Aug 2018 England

Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with a...

'Unconscious bias' sees men in pyschologically abusive relationships being overlooked

'Unconscious bias' sees men in pyschologically abusive relationships being overlooked

13 Aug 2018 England

Men's welfare campaigners fear an "unconscious bias" is causing police to ignore psychological abuse of vulnerable men by a partner and focus only on female victims. The comments came ...

Government announce £100 million plan to end rough sleeping in England by 2027

Government announce £100 million plan to end rough sleeping in England by 2027

13 Aug 2018 England

Theresa May has declared her aim to help homeless people "turn their lives around" as the Government launched a £100 million plan to end rough sleeping on England's streets. The strate...

Rape counselling service lost funding 'as it did not do enough for men'

Rape counselling service lost funding 'as it did not do enough for men'

10 Aug 2018 England

A woman-focused rape counselling service has lost its funding because it did not do enough for men, according to its manager. Glasgow and Clyde Rape Crisis's face-to-face counselling s...

Jury members sought for project exploring people’s experiences of care in Wales

Jury members sought for project exploring people’s experiences of care in Wales

09 Aug 2018 Wales

The Measuring the Mountain project is looking for people to take part in its Citizens' Jury at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 24-27 September 2018. The Measuring the Mountain team...

Housing benefit to be retained for residents in supported accommodation

Housing benefit to be retained for residents in supported accommodation

09 Aug 2018 England

Ministers have dropped plans for a new local grant fund to pay for councils to provide short-term emergency supported accommodation. The fund was a key part of proposals set out last O...

Drastic cuts to jobs and services expected at cash-strapped Northamptonshire Council

Drastic cuts to jobs and services expected at cash-strapped Northamptonshire Council

09 Aug 2018 England

Drastic cuts to jobs and services are expected at cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council, as councillors meet to consider an action plan designed to deal with a budget shortfall ...

Modern slavery prosecutions rise by quarter as authorities flag up record numbers of cases

Modern slavery prosecutions rise by quarter as authorities flag up record numbers of cases

09 Aug 2018 England

Modern slavery prosecutions have increased by more than a quarter as authorities flag up record numbers of cases for possible criminal charges, new figures show. The Crown Prosecution ...

Call to new NI social care registrants to participate in workforce survey

Call to new NI social care registrants to participate in workforce survey

09 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council have issued a call to all new social care registrants and their managers to take part in a survey to review the impact of social care registrati...

Updated safeguarding awareness training pack for care workers in Wales

Updated safeguarding awareness training pack for care workers in Wales

09 Aug 2018 Wales

Social Care Wales and WCVA have announced an updated version of their safeguarding awareness guide for training those who work with children and vulnerable adults. The 'All Wales Basic...

Charity embraces drone technology to look for rough sleepers in the countryside

Charity embraces drone technology to look for rough sleepers in the countryside

08 Aug 2018 England

A charity is using a drone in a pioneering move to search for homeless people sleeping rough in the countryside. The P3 charity is testing the technology in Lincolnshire, where it says...

Shortfall in care workers after Brexit could force women to quit work, report warns

Shortfall in care workers after Brexit could force women to quit work, report warns

07 Aug 2018 England

Care workers must be prioritised under new migration rules to stop a post-Brexit shortfall in provision that would leave women quitting work to look after elderly relatives, according t...

New project aims to prepare social care sector in Wales for Brexit

New project aims to prepare social care sector in Wales for Brexit

02 Aug 2018 Wales

A new project to help the social care sector in Wales plan its workforce requirements post-Brexit has been announced by the Welsh Government. £200,000 has been allocated from the Welsh...

Troubled council's leader says challenge 'huge' amid threat to services for vulnerable

Troubled council's leader says challenge 'huge' amid threat to services for vulnerable

02 Aug 2018 England

A troubled county council has held an extraordinary meeting amid concerns that it will no longer be able to pay for services for vulnerable children and adults and meet its legal budget...

Council leaders call for nationwide public debate on future of social care

Council leaders call for nationwide public debate on future of social care

31 Jul 2018 England

Society "cannot duck" the issue of adult social care any longer, council leaders have warned, as they called for a debate on the future of services. The Local Government Association (L...

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Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

Caretech agress deal for Cambian in takeover worth £372 million

16 Aug 2018 England

Social care services firm CareTech has agreed to buy Cambian in a deal that values the takeover target at up to £372 million. CareTech said the deal was "compelling" given the "highly ...

Scotland’s social service workforce regulator appoints new Chief Executive

Scotland’s social service workforce regulator appoints new Chief Executive

16 Aug 2018 Scotland

The Scottish Social Services Council (SSSC) today announced the appointment of Lorraine Gray as its new Chief Executive. Ms Gray was appointed Interim Chief Executive in the spring, fo...

New arrests in child sexual exploitation probe amid reports of grooming in Bury

New arrests in child sexual exploitation probe amid reports of grooming in Bury

16 Aug 2018 England

Twenty-one people have now been arrested in connection with an investigation into child sexual exploitation in Bury, police said. On Wednesday, further arrests were made as part of the...

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

15 Aug 2018 Education & Training

Dr Alinka Gearon from the University of Bath has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to run a seminar showcasing her research on child trafficking servi...

Scotland’s baby box celebrates anniversary with 85% uptake in first year

Scotland’s baby box celebrates anniversary with 85% uptake in first year

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week have been delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme. The Scottish Government said 52,065 baby boxes have been gifted t...

Detectives charge 31 people in Huddersfield with child sexual abuse offences

Detectives charge 31 people in Huddersfield with child sexual abuse offences

15 Aug 2018 England

Detectives have charged 31 people with offences including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sexual offences against children in the Huddersfield area. West Yorkshire Pol...

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

RCN warn of 'Victorian-style' care as 40% drop in learning disability specialists revealed

15 Aug 2018 England

The loss of learning disability specialists could lead to a return to Victorian-style care, leading nurses have warned. The number of learning disability nurses in England dropped by 4...

Ex-PM calls for increases in welfare payments to tackle 'national disgrace' of child poverty

Ex-PM calls for increases in welfare payments to tackle 'national disgrace' of child poverty

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

Lack of action to tackle child poverty is creating "a generation of invisible boys and girls", according to former prime minister Gordon Brown. He accused both the Scottish and UK gove...

School exclusion rule found to discriminate against children with disabilities

School exclusion rule found to discriminate against children with disabilities

15 Aug 2018 England

Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in t...

Police kept in dark about 'appalling sexual abuse' against children in top catholic schools

Police kept in dark about 'appalling sexual abuse' against children in top catholic schools

09 Aug 2018 England

Sexual abuse at two leading Catholic schools over four decades was likely to be "considerably" more widespread than conviction figures reflect, a report has found. Monks at Ampleforth ...

Jury members sought for project exploring people’s experiences of care in Wales

Jury members sought for project exploring people’s experiences of care in Wales

09 Aug 2018 Wales

The Measuring the Mountain project is looking for people to take part in its Citizens' Jury at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 24-27 September 2018. The Measuring the Mountain team...

Drastic cuts to jobs and services expected at cash-strapped Northamptonshire Council

Drastic cuts to jobs and services expected at cash-strapped Northamptonshire Council

09 Aug 2018 England

Drastic cuts to jobs and services are expected at cash-strapped Northamptonshire County Council, as councillors meet to consider an action plan designed to deal with a budget shortfall ...

Government urged to address 'chronic shortage' of qualified early years professionals

Government urged to address 'chronic shortage' of qualified early years professionals

09 Aug 2018 England

Hundreds of thousands of young children are at risk of falling behind before they start school because they do not have access to specially qualified early years workers, according to a...

Date fixed for High Court challenge to lifelong anonymity of James Bulger killer

Date fixed for High Court challenge to lifelong anonymity of James Bulger killer

09 Aug 2018 England

A legal action brought by the father and uncle of James Bulger over the lifelong anonymity granted to killer Jon Venables will go ahead in December. Ralph and Jimmy Bulger are challeng...

Rochdale grooming gang members face possible deportation after losing appeal

Rochdale grooming gang members face possible deportation after losing appeal

09 Aug 2018 England

Three members of a Rochdale grooming gang face possible deportation to Pakistan after Court of Appeal judges upheld a decision to strip them of their British citizenship. Abdul Aziz, A...

Updated safeguarding awareness training pack for care workers in Wales

Updated safeguarding awareness training pack for care workers in Wales

09 Aug 2018 Wales

Social Care Wales and WCVA have announced an updated version of their safeguarding awareness guide for training those who work with children and vulnerable adults. The 'All Wales Basic...

More UK children with ADHD should be given Ritalin, say researchers

More UK children with ADHD should be given Ritalin, say researchers

08 Aug 2018 England

Use of the drug Ritalin to treat UK children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should be stepped up rather than reduced, a new study suggests. Evidence shows 5% of c...

Solicitor General calls for tougher sentences for downloading child abuse images

Solicitor General calls for tougher sentences for downloading child abuse images

08 Aug 2018 England

Paedophiles who download indecent images of children should get tougher sentences, the Solicitor General has said. Robert Buckland (pictured) said the use of the internet to download o...

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University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

16 Aug 2018 Education & Training

Professor David Frohlich, Director of the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey presented a paper from the Time Matters project, at the Human-Computer Interaction In...

Care Minister announces £76 million a year for extra housing to support vulnerable and disabled

Care Minister announces £76 million a year for extra housing to support vulnerable and disabled

14 Aug 2018 England

Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with a...

Jury members sought for project exploring people’s experiences of care in Wales

Jury members sought for project exploring people’s experiences of care in Wales

09 Aug 2018 Wales

The Measuring the Mountain project is looking for people to take part in its Citizens' Jury at the Liberty Stadium in Swansea on 24-27 September 2018. The Measuring the Mountain team...

Dementia diagnosis higher among black people compared with other ethnic groups

Dementia diagnosis higher among black people compared with other ethnic groups

08 Aug 2018 England

Black people have higher rates of dementia diagnosis compared to other ethnic groups, a new study suggests. But people from Asian backgrounds are the least likely to be diagnosed with ...

NI charity warns of social isolation after funding cut to accessible transport

NI charity warns of social isolation after funding cut to accessible transport

02 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

Some of Northern Ireland's disabled and older residents face "social isolation" following a 5% funding cut to accessible transport, a charity warned. The door-to-door bus is funded by ...

Study suggests abstaining from alcohol in middle age can heighten dementia risk

Study suggests abstaining from alcohol in middle age can heighten dementia risk

02 Aug 2018 England

Abstinence from alcohol in middle age has been linked to a heightened risk of dementia, a new study suggests. Both people who drink over the recommended limits and those who are teetot...

Council leaders call for nationwide public debate on future of social care

Council leaders call for nationwide public debate on future of social care

31 Jul 2018 England

Society "cannot duck" the issue of adult social care any longer, council leaders have warned, as they called for a debate on the future of services. The Local Government Association (L...

Bield strikes deal which sees transfer of residents and staff in three care homes

Bield strikes deal which sees transfer of residents and staff in three care homes

24 Jul 2018 Scotland

Since announcing last year that it would be closing 12 of its care homes, Bield has this month agreed a deal which sees residents and staff transfer in three of its homes. Following di...

Tackling loneliness made national priority in Wales amid 'ticking time bomb' fears

Tackling loneliness made national priority in Wales amid 'ticking time bomb' fears

24 Jul 2018 Wales

Loneliness and isolation in rural Wales is a "ticking time bomb" which must be tackled, a Welsh Government minister has said. Huw Irranca-Davies, the social care minister, said that de...

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

Emotional scenes as Bridgend MP calls for law change on terminal illness definition

19 Jul 2018 Wales

An MP choked back tears as she called for a change in the law to allow doctors to determine whether someone is terminally ill so they can get fast-tracked access to benefits. Labour's ...

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

Some patients forced to 'effectively beg' for hip or knee operations

19 Jul 2018 England

Nearly 1,700 medical requests for hip or knee surgery were turned down last year - a sharp rise from the previous year, a report suggests. In 2017/18, 1,675 requests by doctors on beha...

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

Dementia cure would free up money for health service 'at a stroke' - NHS head

19 Jul 2018 England

A drug to cure or slow dementia would boost healthcare spending "at a stroke", the head of the NHS has said. Simon Stevens, chief executive of NHS England, said a scientific breakthrou...

Concerns raised over lack of health bodies prioritising end-of-life care

Concerns raised over lack of health bodies prioritising end-of-life care

18 Jul 2018 England

Care for patients who are dying is not being prioritised by local health bodies, research suggests. End-of-life care, also known as palliative care, is only prioritised in the strategi...

Peers urge radical changes to mental capacity safeguards for vulnerable people

Peers urge radical changes to mental capacity safeguards for vulnerable people

17 Jul 2018 England

Peers have backed reform of safeguards for vulnerable people detained in care homes or hospitals without the mental capacity to consent to the arrangements. But despite giving the Ment...

Several buyers interested as care home giant Barchester eye £2.5 billion sale

Several buyers interested as care home giant Barchester eye £2.5 billion sale

16 Jul 2018 England

Barchester Healthcare, one of Britain's biggest care home groups, is to be put up for sale in a deal that could net its owners north of £2.5 billion. The Press Association understands ...

Consultancy appointed to lead Dunmurry Manor Care Home independent review

Consultancy appointed to lead Dunmurry Manor Care Home independent review

16 Jul 2018 Northern Ireland

Northern Ireland's Department of Health has announced the appointment of a consultancy to carry out an independent review into care failings at Dunmurry Manor Care Home, focussing on th...

'Despicably greedy' care home owner jailed for fleecing pensioners out of millions

'Despicably greedy' care home owner jailed for fleecing pensioners out of millions

13 Jul 2018 England

A "morally bankrupt" care home owner who took millions of pounds from wealthy pensioners has been jailed for 21 years. David Barton, 64, was sentenced at Liverpool Crown Court on Frida...

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

13 Jul 2018 Education & Training

The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and ...

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Anti-abortion campaigners lose legal challenge over home medication move

Anti-abortion campaigners lose legal challenge over home medication move

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

A campaign group's legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home has been rejected by a judge. The Society for ...

Scotland’s baby box celebrates anniversary with 85% uptake in first year

Scotland’s baby box celebrates anniversary with 85% uptake in first year

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

An average of 1,000 baby boxes per week have been delivered to parents of newborns in the first year of the programme. The Scottish Government said 52,065 baby boxes have been gifted t...

Eight-year-old urges company to lower price of cystic fibrosis drug

Eight-year-old urges company to lower price of cystic fibrosis drug

15 Aug 2018 England

An eight-year-old boy with cystic fibrosis has urged a pharmaceutical company to lower the price of a drug so it can be made available on the NHS. Orkambi received its European licence...

Jail for GP who took thousands of videos and images of female patients

Jail for GP who took thousands of videos and images of female patients

15 Aug 2018 England

A GP who secretly took thousands of videos and images of female patients during appointments was told he had breached their trust as he was jailed for 14 months. One victim claimed tha...

Quality of critical care in Scotland is high but report warns of ICU bed shortages

Quality of critical care in Scotland is high but report warns of ICU bed shortages

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

Auditors have warned increasing evidence indicates parts of Scotland lack adequate numbers of intensive care beds. An audit of more than 46,000 patients admitted to specialist wards fo...

Families 'heartbroken' as spinal muscular atrophy drug rejected for NHS use

Families 'heartbroken' as spinal muscular atrophy drug rejected for NHS use

14 Aug 2018 England

A charity has condemned a decision by health officials to reject a drug to treat a rare genetic disorder which can mean that affected children do not live to their their second birthday...

Doctor pays tribute to six-year-old after successful appeal against striking-off

Doctor pays tribute to six-year-old after successful appeal against striking-off

14 Aug 2018 England

A paediatrician convicted of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock said she was "very pleased" after winning her bid to be reinstated to the medical r...

Care assistant held on suspicion of attempted murder at Liverpool hospital

Care assistant held on suspicion of attempted murder at Liverpool hospital

14 Aug 2018 England

An inquiry is under way after a hospital worker was arrested on suspicion of attempted murder. The 31-year-old man was held after police were contacted by staff at Broadgreen Hospital ...

Girl, 11, killed by great-uncle hours after hospital crisis team decided he was 'not a risk'

Girl, 11, killed by great-uncle hours after hospital crisis team decided he was 'not a risk'

13 Aug 2018 England

A young schoolgirl was battered to death with a table leg by her "mentally ill" great-uncle just hours after a hospital crisis team said it could not help him because he was "not a risk...

Innovative scheme helping people with long-term conditions saves NHS millions

Innovative scheme helping people with long-term conditions saves NHS millions

13 Aug 2018 England

An innovative idea to treat people earlier for illnesses like flu and chest infections has led to patients in one area avoiding 17,000 nights in hospital and the NHS saving £7 million t...

UK Government’s ‘shambolic Brexit’ poses threat to NHS Scotland – SNP

UK Government’s ‘shambolic Brexit’ poses threat to NHS Scotland – SNP

13 Aug 2018 Scotland

The UK Government’s “shambolic Brexit” poses a threat to the future of the NHS in Scotland, the SNP has said. MP Dr Philippa Whitford said a “power grab” over public procurement could ...

Action urged on 'untenable' NHS staffing as figures show reliance on agency workers

Action urged on 'untenable' NHS staffing as figures show reliance on agency workers

10 Aug 2018 England

The Government has been urged to address the "untenable" staffing shortage in the NHS, as figures reveal some trusts are relying on agency staff for months on end. At least 3,700 staff...

Nurse who took life after losing job 'treated unfairly' - independent report concludes

Nurse who took life after losing job 'treated unfairly' - independent report concludes

09 Aug 2018 England

A NHS nurse who set himself alight after losing his job over a disciplinary matter was "treated unfairly", an independent report has found. Amin Abdullah, 41, died on February 9, 2016,...

New BBC poll names Marie Curie as most significant woman in history

New BBC poll names Marie Curie as most significant woman in history

09 Aug 2018 England

Marie Curie has been voted the woman who has made the most significant impact on world history. In a reader poll conducted by BBC History Magazine of the 100 women who changed the worl...

Grim details revealed as man accused of midwife murder appears on video link

Grim details revealed as man accused of midwife murder appears on video link

09 Aug 2018 England

A midwife was found in a shallow grave, wrapped in a duvet cover and with tape around her eyes and face, a court has heard. The body of Samantha Eastwood, 28, was discovered in a rural...

Radiotherapy trial could significantly cut number of prostate cancer visits

Radiotherapy trial could significantly cut number of prostate cancer visits

08 Aug 2018 Northern Ireland

A radical new radiotherapy trial could significantly cut the number of visits for men with prostate cancer, researchers said. Treatment may be delivered in just five bouts compared to ...

Dementia diagnosis higher among black people compared with other ethnic groups

Dementia diagnosis higher among black people compared with other ethnic groups

08 Aug 2018 England

Black people have higher rates of dementia diagnosis compared to other ethnic groups, a new study suggests. But people from Asian backgrounds are the least likely to be diagnosed with ...

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

08 Aug 2018 Education & Training

A Tokyo medical school has apologised after an internal investigation confirmed it systematically altered entrance exam scores to limit the number of female students. Tokyo Medical Uni...

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Care Minister announces £76 million a year for extra housing to support vulnerable and disabled

Care Minister announces £76 million a year for extra housing to support vulnerable and disabled

14 Aug 2018 England

Thousands of extra homes, specially designed for people with disabilities, mental health issues and older people who need extra support, will be created over the next three years with a...

Almost third of cancer patients experience mental health issues after treatment

Almost third of cancer patients experience mental health issues after treatment

14 Aug 2018 England

Nearly three in 10 (29%) cancer patients have experienced mental health issues as a result of treatment, figures show. Just over one in 10 (11%) had sought professional help for condit...

Girl, 11, killed by great-uncle hours after hospital crisis team decided he was 'not a risk'

Girl, 11, killed by great-uncle hours after hospital crisis team decided he was 'not a risk'

13 Aug 2018 England

A young schoolgirl was battered to death with a table leg by her "mentally ill" great-uncle just hours after a hospital crisis team said it could not help him because he was "not a risk...

Justice Secretary launches new drive to divert vulnerable criminals away from jail

Justice Secretary launches new drive to divert vulnerable criminals away from jail

10 Aug 2018 England

Ministers have launched a new drive to divert criminals with drug, alcohol and mental health problems away from prison. The Government wants to see more vulnerable offenders given comm...

Action plan aims to cut suicide rates across Scotland by 20%

Action plan aims to cut suicide rates across Scotland by 20%

10 Aug 2018 Scotland

Scotland is to set up a special suicide prevention group as part of efforts to reduce the number of people who take their own life by 20%. The National Suicide Prevention Leadership Gr...

Nurse who took life after losing job 'treated unfairly' - independent report concludes

Nurse who took life after losing job 'treated unfairly' - independent report concludes

09 Aug 2018 England

A NHS nurse who set himself alight after losing his job over a disciplinary matter was "treated unfairly", an independent report has found. Amin Abdullah, 41, died on February 9, 2016,...

Regular exercise can help improve mental health - but don't go overboard

Regular exercise can help improve mental health - but don't go overboard

09 Aug 2018 England

Regular exercise between three and five times a week could help improve mental health - but too much could be detrimental, a study has said. Researchers found those who exercised had 1...

More UK children with ADHD should be given Ritalin, say researchers

More UK children with ADHD should be given Ritalin, say researchers

08 Aug 2018 England

Use of the drug Ritalin to treat UK children with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD) should be stepped up rather than reduced, a new study suggests. Evidence shows 5% of c...

Everton FC announce fundraising drive for purpose-built mental health facility

Everton FC announce fundraising drive for purpose-built mental health facility

08 Aug 2018 England

Everton Football Club have announced plans to provide mental health care in the shadows of the stadium as they launch a campaign for a purpose-built facility. The club and their offici...

With mental health absenteeism on the rise, companies urged to do more

With mental health absenteeism on the rise, companies urged to do more

08 Aug 2018 England

Firms are being urged to pay closer attention to the wellbeing of their employees after a study found that almost a third of businesses have seen an increase in the number of workers ta...

Hospital admissions for self-harming girls double over 20 years, new NPSCC figures

Hospital admissions for self-harming girls double over 20 years, new NPSCC figures

06 Aug 2018 England

Girls were admitted to hospital for self-harming nearly twice as regularly last year compared to two decades ago, figures have revealed. The NSPCC described the statistics as "heartbre...

Man with alleged mental health problems attacks children at play centre

Man with alleged mental health problems attacks children at play centre

01 Aug 2018 England

A number of children were among people hurt when a man stormed through a children's play centre, attacking customers, before jumping from a balcony. The owner of The Alphabet Zoo, in B...

Mental health support for child victims of abuse is inadequate, says NSPCC

Mental health support for child victims of abuse is inadequate, says NSPCC

26 Jul 2018 England

Local health bodies are failing to provide for the mental health needs of abused children, a charity has said. NSPCC estimated that more than a million children in England who have bee...

Government confirm plans to recruit hundreds of new mental health workers for schools

Government confirm plans to recruit hundreds of new mental health workers for schools

25 Jul 2018 England

Hundreds of new mental health workers will be trained up and introduced to schools from next year to help boost young people's wellbeing. Seven universities and colleges will offer edu...

Tackling loneliness made national priority in Wales amid 'ticking time bomb' fears

Tackling loneliness made national priority in Wales amid 'ticking time bomb' fears

24 Jul 2018 Wales

Loneliness and isolation in rural Wales is a "ticking time bomb" which must be tackled, a Welsh Government minister has said. Huw Irranca-Davies, the social care minister, said that de...

Young people with mental disorders let down by low treatment targets, experts say

Young people with mental disorders let down by low treatment targets, experts say

23 Jul 2018 England

Young people with mental disorders are being let down by under-ambitious NHS treatment targets, experts have warned as they shunned the "snowflake generation" label. Researchers claime...

North Lanarkshire football clubs team up to join suicide prevention campaign

North Lanarkshire football clubs team up to join suicide prevention campaign

20 Jul 2018 Scotland

Four football clubs in North Lanarkshire are to display a suicide prevention logo on strips this season to raise awareness of an issue that claims the life of one person almost every we...

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

Relationship and mental health education on the curriculum for England's schools

19 Jul 2018 England

Schoolchildren are to be given lessons in mental health and healthy living, it has been announced. Health education will be a mandatory part of the curriculum for all primary and secon...

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Police officer cleared over death of 20-year-old following 'unorthodox' restraint

Police officer cleared over death of 20-year-old following 'unorthodox' restraint

16 Aug 2018 England

A police officer has been cleared of misconduct over the death of a 20-year-old who was restrained in an "unorthodox" way on a shop floor. Rashan Charles died in July 2017 after he was...

Anti-abortion campaigners lose legal challenge over home medication move

Anti-abortion campaigners lose legal challenge over home medication move

15 Aug 2018 Scotland

A campaign group's legal challenge to the Scottish Government's move to allow pregnant women to take abortion-inducing medication at home has been rejected by a judge. The Society for ...

Detectives charge 31 people in Huddersfield with child sexual abuse offences

Detectives charge 31 people in Huddersfield with child sexual abuse offences

15 Aug 2018 England

Detectives have charged 31 people with offences including rape and trafficking after an investigation into sexual offences against children in the Huddersfield area. West Yorkshire Pol...

School exclusion rule found to discriminate against children with disabilities

School exclusion rule found to discriminate against children with disabilities

15 Aug 2018 England

Children with disabilities face discrimination under equality laws which allow schools to exclude them for "challenging behaviour", a judge has ruled. Judge Alison Rowley, sitting in t...

Jail for GP who took thousands of videos and images of female patients

Jail for GP who took thousands of videos and images of female patients

15 Aug 2018 England

A GP who secretly took thousands of videos and images of female patients during appointments was told he had breached their trust as he was jailed for 14 months. One victim claimed tha...

Black cab rapist questioned by police over further sexual assault allegations

Black cab rapist questioned by police over further sexual assault allegations

14 Aug 2018 England

Black cab rapist John Worboys has reportedly been questioned by police over allegations of non-recent sexual assault. The Met said they would not confirm the person's identity other th...

Doctor pays tribute to six-year-old after successful appeal against striking-off

Doctor pays tribute to six-year-old after successful appeal against striking-off

14 Aug 2018 England

A paediatrician convicted of gross negligence manslaughter over the death of six-year-old Jack Adcock said she was "very pleased" after winning her bid to be reinstated to the medical r...

Former Celtic FC youth coach jailed for sexually abusing teenager

Former Celtic FC youth coach jailed for sexually abusing teenager

14 Aug 2018 Scotland

Former Celtic Football Club youth coach Jim McCafferty has been jailed after pleading guilty to sexually abusing a teenager in what a court heard he had regarded as a "bit of fun". The...

Girl, 11, killed by great-uncle hours after hospital crisis team decided he was 'not a risk'

Girl, 11, killed by great-uncle hours after hospital crisis team decided he was 'not a risk'

13 Aug 2018 England

A young schoolgirl was battered to death with a table leg by her "mentally ill" great-uncle just hours after a hospital crisis team said it could not help him because he was "not a risk...

Justice Secretary launches new drive to divert vulnerable criminals away from jail

Justice Secretary launches new drive to divert vulnerable criminals away from jail

10 Aug 2018 England

Ministers have launched a new drive to divert criminals with drug, alcohol and mental health problems away from prison. The Government wants to see more vulnerable offenders given comm...

Modern slavery prosecutions rise by quarter as authorities flag up record numbers of cases

Modern slavery prosecutions rise by quarter as authorities flag up record numbers of cases

09 Aug 2018 England

Modern slavery prosecutions have increased by more than a quarter as authorities flag up record numbers of cases for possible criminal charges, new figures show. The Crown Prosecution ...

Date fixed for High Court challenge to lifelong anonymity of James Bulger killer

Date fixed for High Court challenge to lifelong anonymity of James Bulger killer

09 Aug 2018 England

A legal action brought by the father and uncle of James Bulger over the lifelong anonymity granted to killer Jon Venables will go ahead in December. Ralph and Jimmy Bulger are challeng...

Rochdale grooming gang members face possible deportation after losing appeal

Rochdale grooming gang members face possible deportation after losing appeal

09 Aug 2018 England

Three members of a Rochdale grooming gang face possible deportation to Pakistan after Court of Appeal judges upheld a decision to strip them of their British citizenship. Abdul Aziz, A...

Grim details revealed as man accused of midwife murder appears on video link

Grim details revealed as man accused of midwife murder appears on video link

09 Aug 2018 England

A midwife was found in a shallow grave, wrapped in a duvet cover and with tape around her eyes and face, a court has heard. The body of Samantha Eastwood, 28, was discovered in a rural...

Solicitor General calls for tougher sentences for downloading child abuse images

Solicitor General calls for tougher sentences for downloading child abuse images

08 Aug 2018 England

Paedophiles who download indecent images of children should get tougher sentences, the Solicitor General has said. Robert Buckland (pictured) said the use of the internet to download o...

Ex-choirmaster accused of child sex offences freed ahead of extradition to USA

Ex-choirmaster accused of child sex offences freed ahead of extradition to USA

08 Aug 2018 England

A former choirmaster accused of child sex offences in California will be freed from jail just days ahead of his extradition to the US. Roger Giese, who is in his forties and was born i...

Ex's brother-in-law appears in court charged with murder of midwife

Ex's brother-in-law appears in court charged with murder of midwife

06 Aug 2018 England

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood. Michael Stirling (pictured) was charged after the 28-year-old's body was found in a rural area near Ca...

Brother-in-law of midwife's ex-fiance appears in court charged with her murder

Brother-in-law of midwife's ex-fiance appears in court charged with her murder

06 Aug 2018 England

A man has appeared in court charged with the murder of midwife Samantha Eastwood. Michael Stirling was charged after the 28-year-old's body was found in a rural area near Caverswall, S...


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Engage: Is the 3.4% spending increase enough to ‘save’ the NHS?

21 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Is the 3.4% spending increase enough to ‘save’ the NHS?

The good news is that the NHS has received a 70th “birthday gift” in the form of a 3.4% per year increase in real spending over the next five years. The bad news is that, although this may be enough to fight the current battle, it may not be enough to win...

Engage: The social care sector is a precious resource and contributes billions to Welsh economy

21 June 2018 Engage

Engage: The social care sector is a precious resource and contributes billions to Welsh economy

Most people who rely on social care workers to safeguard or support them will know the valuable contribution they make every day. The sector works in every part of Wales, providing care and support through a range of independent, voluntary and statutory ...

Engage: People with depression use language differently – here’s how to spot it

19 June 2018 Engage

Engage: People with depression use language differently – here’s how to spot it

From the way you move and sleep, to how you interact with people around you, depression changes just about everything. It is even noticeable in the way you speak and express yourself in writing. Sometimes this “language of depression” can have a powerful ...

Engage: How virtual reality if helping NHS mental health teams reach Grenfell Community

12 June 2018 Engage

Engage: How virtual reality if helping NHS mental health teams reach Grenfell Community

Virtual reality is being used to reach traumatised families struggling a year after the Grenfell Tower fire in what is believed to be a UK first. Outreach workers at the Central and North West London NHS trust (CNWL) have been standing amid the market st...

Engage: Are care workers key to improving mental health patients’ physical health in secure hospitals?

11 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Are care workers key to improving mental health patients’ physical health in secure hospitals?

A new study suggests more value needs to be placed in promoting exercise for people with severe mental health issues in secure hospital settings. Researchers from Loughborough University have explored the way health care assistants perceive the benefits ...

Engage: Could this be the formula for preventing Alzheimer's disease?

06 June 2018 Engage

Engage: Could this be the formula for preventing Alzheimer's disease?

A combination of sleep, exercise and alcohol could help prevent the development of Alzheimer's disease. Scientists have discovered that a good night's sleep, increasing heart rate through exercise and 25ml of wine per day can help stimulate the brain's o...

Engage: What can social workers do if they find evidence of child sexual abuse imagery online

05 June 2018 Engage

Engage: What can social workers do if they find evidence of child sexual abuse imagery online

We’d like to introduce ourselves to the readers of Care Appointments. We’re the IWF (Internet Watch Foundation) and we’re the organisation removing child sexual abuse imagery from the internet. It’s a tough job, but a vital one, not only for the victims o...

Engage: Ireland's abortion referendum – here's what you need to know

23 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Ireland's abortion referendum – here's what you need to know

The Republic of Ireland is holding a referendum on May 25 that could dramatically change its stance on abortion. Here’s a rundown of what is happening, when and why. What is Ireland voting on? The referendum is about taking action that would result in t...

Engage: Autism screening tool may not detect the condition in some women

23 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Autism screening tool may not detect the condition in some women

Diagnosing autism is expensive and time consuming, so a screening tool is used to filter out those people who are unlikely to be diagnosed as autistic. This is all well and good, but our latest research suggests that a widely used screening tool may be bi...

Engage: Austerity measures leave Children’s Services suffering own 'Windrush moment'

04 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Austerity measures leave Children’s Services suffering own 'Windrush moment'

Children's services have suffered their own Windrush moment, according to a University of Huddersfield professor when he spoke to a committee of MPs. Paul Bywaters, who is Professor of Social Work, believes that austerity measures and policies that place...

Engage: Schwartz Centre Rounds and the impact of person-centered care in today’s healthcare

02 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Schwartz Centre Rounds and the impact of person-centered care in today’s healthcare

Schwartz Center Rounds® were created from an idea by Kenneth B. Schwartz - who passed away in 1995 from lung cancer, aged 40. A few months before Kenneth B. Schwartz passed away, Schwartz wrote an essay about the feelings of receiving compassionate care a...

Engage: Display of female victimhood across the media 'disturbing' - Germaine Greer

01 May 2018 Engage

Engage: Display of female victimhood across the media 'disturbing' - Germaine Greer

Writer Germaine Greer has said it is disturbing that the sort of female victimhood seen across the media in the #MeToo campaign sells to women. The feminist author, 79, said the prevalence of images of women standing up and saying they had been harassed ...

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Webwatch: Warning GP App could miss meningitis and heart attack symptoms

25 July 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Warning GP App could miss meningitis and heart attack symptoms

Fears have been raised over a new GP app missing symptoms of deadly illnesses by a former GP turned senior Tory MP. New Health Secr...

Webwatch: New NHS app will let patients access their records and order repeat prescriptions

02 July 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New NHS app will let patients access their records and order repeat prescriptions

An app that will mark the "death knell" of the early morning scramble to secure a GP appointment is being launched, Health Secretary...

Webwatch: Report suggest children's online time should be public health issue

15 June 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Report suggest children's online time should be public health issue

Children and young people are being encouraged to spend longer online by "persuasive design" which should be considered a public hea...

Webwatch: New online tool to identify emerging mental health problems in young people

12 June 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New online tool to identify emerging mental health problems in young people

Researchers in Glasgow have developed a new online tool to help identify young people with emerging signs of mental health problems,...

Webwatch: Emojis could to used to help monitor the progress of cancer patients

02 June 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Emojis could to used to help monitor the progress of cancer patients

Emojis could be used to live monitor the progress of cancer patients, according to new research. Positive and negative reactions, r...

Webwatch: Barnardo's call for urgent action on use of livestreaming to groom children

24 May 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Barnardo's call for urgent action on use of livestreaming to groom children

A children's charity is urging tech giants to take urgent action to protect youngsters from predators after it found more than half ...

Webwatch: Casualities instantly assessed using video streaming technology

10 May 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Casualities instantly assessed using video streaming technology

Emergency services can instantly assess patients from afar using live video streaming technology.A new feature on the GoodSAM platfo...

Webwatch: New cancer research app seeks to harness power of smartphone networks

01 May 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New cancer research app seeks to harness power of smartphone networks

Cancer researchers in the UK are to benefit from an app which crunches data while smartphone owners sleep. The DreamLab app, develo...

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University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

16 August 2018

University presents paper on digital storytelling in care homes at Las Vagas conference

Professor David Frohlich, Director of the Digital World Research Centre at the University of Surrey presented a paper from the Time Matters project, at the Human-Computer Interaction International Conference. The paper entitled ‘Mo...

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

15 August 2018

Interactive research event seeks to develop services for trafficked children

Dr Alinka Gearon from the University of Bath has secured funding from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) to run a seminar showcasing her research on child trafficking services. Dr Gearon (pictured) from the Department of...

Survey finds few students feel £9,000 university fees are good value for money

15 August 2018

Survey finds few students feel £9,000 university fees are good value for money

Few students at English and Welsh universities feel that their fees of £9,000 a year are good value for money, a survey has found. Just 13% of students questioned agreed that "the standard of education and the increased wages graduates ear...

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

08 August 2018

Medical school apologises after systematic manipulation of exam results to exclude women

A Tokyo medical school has apologised after an internal investigation confirmed it systematically altered entrance exam scores to limit the number of female students. Tokyo Medical University manipulated all entrance exam results starting ...

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

13 July 2018

University of Chichester to host conference exploring death, bereavement and learning disability

The loss of a loved one is a devastating life experience for anyone but for the 1.5 million people in the UK with a learning disability it is additionally bewildering, frightening, and upsetting. It is important that the wide range o...

Education partnership in Bradford aims to develop high-quality social work training

06 July 2018

Education partnership in Bradford aims to develop high-quality social work training

A new partnership has been launched to develop social work education in Bradford. The Bradford Teaching Partnership will see a collaboration between Bradford College, Bradford Council and the University of Bradford to provide high-quality ...

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

05 July 2018

Stirling academic to help World Health Organisation promote personalised elderly care

A University of Stirling academic has been called upon to help the World Health Organisation (WHO) promote personalised care for older people in the Middle East and North Africa. Professor of Global Ageing Ian Philp (pictured) was one of t...

University of Wolverhampton signs new five-year courses partnership with care provider

28 June 2018

University of Wolverhampton signs new five-year courses partnership with care provider

A partnership offering specialist courses to healthcare staff has been signed between the University of Wolverhampton and Compton Care. The courses provide opportunities for healthcare professionals to further develop their knowledge and s...

New university-developed tool to help police identify victims of coercive control

28 June 2018

New university-developed tool to help police identify victims of coercive control

Merseyside Police is piloting a new learning tool developed by University of Liverpool that should help officers provide an improved service for victims of the complex new coercive control law. The tool could be used as a face-to-face tr...

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

28 June 2018

Minister urges university leaders ensure student mental health is top priority

Universities should take the place of parents and ensure they offer good mental health support to students to stop them becoming overwhelmed and "falling between the cracks", a minister has said. Sam Gyimah has called on universities to do...

Concerns as new data shows rising levels of suicide among university students

25 June 2018

Concerns as new data shows rising levels of suicide among university students

Concerns have been raised about suicide among university students as new figures show rates are higher than they were a decade ago. Data released for the first time by the Office for National Statistics (ONS) also indicates significantly h...

Dumfries & Galloway social worker wins highest performing graduate award

20 June 2018

Dumfries & Galloway social worker wins highest performing graduate award

Laura McHarrie, a social worker with Dumfries and Galloway Council, has won the Andrew Cornwell Memorial Award for the highest performing graduate in The Open University’s social work programme in Scotland.  Laura (pictured, left) was ...

Universities study finds marriage could give protection against heart disease or strokes

19 June 2018

Universities study finds marriage could give protection against heart disease or strokes

Marriage may help to protect people against developing heart disease or having a stroke, according to research. Single, divorced, and widowed people are at a heightened risk of developing the health problems, a study involving universities...

Ground-breaking research to investigate benefits of music therapy on cognitive function

12 June 2018

Ground-breaking research to investigate benefits of music therapy on cognitive function

Researchers at Middlesex University (MDX) need healthy adults to participate in crucial research aiming to develop a novel test, which will be used in a study investigating whether music therapy sessions have beneficial effects in adults wh...

Survey finds students are shunning drugs and worry more about binge drinking

12 June 2018

Survey finds students are shunning drugs and worry more about binge drinking

Most students have not used drugs during their time at university and more think excessive alcohol consumption is a bigger issue, a new study suggests. The survey also found that a high proportion - 88% - believe drug use can cause long-te...

Edinburgh social work academics recognised in knowledge exchange competiton

07 June 2018

Edinburgh social work academics recognised in knowledge exchange competiton

University of Edinburgh social work PhD graduate, Dr Mary Mitchell and current PhD student, Ariane Critchley, have achieved success in the 2018 Research Impact and Knowledge Exchange Competition; awarded by the Scottish Graduate School of S...

Stories to help children cope with mental health issues published by educational psychologist

07 June 2018

Stories to help children cope with mental health issues published by educational psychologist

An educational psychologist has created stories to help children deal with issues such as anxiety and depression. The Wellbeing Stories feature ten characters representing different types of thinking – including the Worry Wart, the Sprite ...

Funding awarded for research projects exploring children’s rights in family actions

06 June 2018

Funding awarded for research projects exploring children’s rights in family actions

The Scottish Government is providing funding for two projects, to be led by researchers from Glasgow and Stirling universities. Guided by an expert group of young people, researchers will identify the challenges and explore the implication...

New learning resources to support early learning and childcare workforce in Scotland

23 May 2018

New learning resources to support early learning and childcare workforce in Scotland

The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has launched new learning resources to support early learning and childcare workers at a Scottish Government event in Glasgow. The free digital resources will support the workforce at a time of m...

Six times as many London students starting health degress than North East

22 May 2018

Six times as many London students starting health degress than North East

More than six times as many students from London took up places to study medicine and dentistry last year, compared to those from north-east England, Press Association analysis shows. The figures come amid a push by government and the prof...

Most deprived far more likely to develop dementia according to new research

17 May 2018

Most deprived far more likely to develop dementia according to new research

Older adults in England with fewer financial resources are more likely to develop dementia, according to new UCL and University of Exeter research. Researchers analysed data from over 6,000 adults born between 1902 and 1943 and found that ...

Programme for Newly Qualified Social Worker conference in Edinburgh announced

17 May 2018

Programme for Newly Qualified Social Worker conference in Edinburgh announced

The School of Social and Political Science at the University of Edinburgh has announced details of their 2018 conference for Newly Qualified Social Workers (NQSW). The theme of the NQSW Conference this year is Building the future: Shaping ...

New SQA awards aim to improve young people's understanding of Mental Health

17 May 2018

New SQA awards aim to improve young people's understanding of Mental Health

The Scottish Qualifications Authority (SQA) has announced that it is developing new awards that will aim to improve young people’s understanding of mental health and wellbeing. New National Progression Awards in Mental Health and Wellbeing...

Flexible learning initiative offers care workers chance to develop new skills in South West

14 May 2018

Flexible learning initiative offers care workers chance to develop new skills in South West

Devon County Council is to give health and social care workers and job seekers wishing to enter the profession the chance to learn new maths, English, care and IT skills. Varied shift patterns and irregular hours can make it difficult for h...

Warning over students mental health amid continuing increase in suicide rates

11 May 2018

Warning over students mental health amid continuing increase in suicide rates

University students with mental health problems are in danger of "slipping through the gaps" when at their most vulnerable, a report has warned, amid a continuing increase in the number of student suicides.Several institutions have seen a n...

Lower concern for personal gain exposes autistic children to higher risk of bullying

03 May 2018

Lower concern for personal gain exposes autistic children to higher risk of bullying

Children with autism may be at risk from bullying because they are more willing to accept unfair behaviour say psychologists. The research by Dr Calum Hartley and Sophie Fisher of Lancaster University involved young children playing tradin...

New toolkit aims to tackle sexual violence and harassment in Scottish universities

27 April 2018

New toolkit aims to tackle sexual violence and harassment in Scottish universities

New practical guidance for universities to tackle gender-based violence on campus has been published. Guidance and training for staff, better data collection and well-publicised support information for students are some of the recommendati...

University partnership with care provider sees workers join Nursing apprenticeship scheme

25 April 2018

University partnership with care provider sees workers join Nursing apprenticeship scheme

The University of Wolverhampton is working with Cygnet Health Care to create a new generation of highly skilled future nurses. Cygnet Health Care, a leading independent provider of specialist mental health care services, is one of the firs...

Students warned of rise in maximum interest rates on loans

19 April 2018

Students warned of rise in maximum interest rates on loans

Maximum interest rates on student loans are set to rise this autumn. From this September, students will pay up to 6.3%, after a rise in the Retail Prices Index (RPI) - a measure of inflation, compared to the same point last year. The incr...

International Dementia Conference to cover everything from scams to technology

18 April 2018

International Dementia Conference to cover everything from scams to technology

The annual Plymouth International Dementia Conference takes place at Plymouth Guildhall on 4 May this year with a full programme which covers everything from scams to technology, and how dementia is being addressed in China, Japan, Ireland,...

University of Hertfordshire study finds health researchers are failing to provide feedback

18 April 2018

University of Hertfordshire study finds health researchers are failing to provide feedback

The first study examining the role of feedback in health research projects involving patients and members of the public (PPI research*) has found that a fifth of PPI contributors never received feedback on how their input has shaped the res...

University of Derby to host public forum on modern slavery and human trafficking

12 April 2018

University of Derby to host public forum on modern slavery and human trafficking

Members of the public are invited to a free forum at the University of Derby on modern slavery and human trafficking, to hear what is being done locally to tackle this challenging issue.  The ‘Parallel Worlds, Hidden Lives’ event, presente...

RGU academics study to show the impact of 50 years of social work

12 April 2018

RGU academics study to show the impact of 50 years of social work

A unique new study is being proposed by academics at RGU to review the impact of its social work education as the programme celebrates its 50th year. The university – and Robert Gordon’s Technical College (RGIT) before it – has delivered a...

Students praised as university campus becomes dementia friendly

09 April 2018

Students praised as university campus becomes dementia friendly

University of Chester students and staff have been working hard to make the Warrington Campus a Dementia Friendly Campus. Led by Dean McShane, Lecturer in Mental Health and Learning Disability, Dementia Friends Information Sessions have ...

New study examines prescribing antipsychotic medication for children with autism

09 April 2018

New study examines prescribing antipsychotic medication for children with autism

A new study by Swansea University has suggested that children with intellectual difficulty or autism are more likely to be given antipsychotic medication from a younger age than those without intellectual disability and have higher rates of...

University collaborates in project to tackle child poverty in Glasgow

09 April 2018

University collaborates in project to tackle child poverty in Glasgow

The Scottish Government has given £2m funding through Every Child, Every Chance, its Tackling Child Poverty Delivery Plan 2018-22, to Children’s Neighbourhoods Scotland (CNS) - an innovative collaboration between Policy Scotland and What Wo...

Reports & Resources

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Report: Extended Child Practice Review – Elsie Scully-Hicks

03 August 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Extended Child Practice Review – Elsie Scully-Hicks

The Cardiff and The Vale Regional Safeguarding Board (CVRSCB) has published an extended Child Practice review into the circumstances around the tragic...

Resources: Service user and carer involvement in social work education - Iriss Case Studies

06 July 2018 Reports & Resources

Resources: Service user and carer involvement in social work education - Iriss Case Studies

Service user and carer (SUAC) involvement in social work education has been mandatory for 15 years now. There is a lot of learning to share with...

Report: Children’s Commissioner’s annual study of childhood vulnerability in England

04 July 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Children’s Commissioner’s annual study of childhood vulnerability in England

This year’s 2018 vulnerability report tells us about the numbers of children who are growing up in England with vulnerability and risks that could aff...

Report: Revolving Door - Vulnerable children being overlooked in cycle of referrals

30 June 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: Revolving Door - Vulnerable children being overlooked in cycle of referrals

Action for Children are concerned that opportunities to intervene early are being missed. Some children are stuck in a revolving door into social care...

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New BBC series will explore whether volunteers can take burden off NHS staff

30 July 2018 New To Care

New BBC series will explore whether volunteers can take burden off NHS staff

A new BBC Two show will follow young people volunteering in a hospital to find out if they can make a real change in the NHS. The four-part series - which...

New project helping people into work in the childcare sector in Wales

22 May 2018 New To Care

New project helping people into work in the childcare sector in Wales

A Welsh Government-funded project that gives people out of work the experience they need to start a career in the childcare sector has been praised by Chil...

Queens University trials new values-based admissions process for nursing students

18 May 2018 New To Care

Queens University trials new values-based admissions process for nursing students

Queen's University Belfast is trialling new psychometric tests as part of its admission process for nursing undergraduates. The University's School of N...

New qualification for early years workforce launched in Scotland

23 April 2018 New To Care

New qualification for early years workforce launched in Scotland

Over 5,500 childminders across Scotland, and those entering the childcare sector, now have access to an accredited Work Based Award that recognises and val...

Career Advice

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Call for more protection against sexual harassment in workplace

23 July 2018 Career Advice

Call for more protection against sexual harassment in workplace

A major review of women's rights in Britain has found "failures" in many areas of life, including violence and harassment at work. The Equality and H...

Third of care workers consider quitting their jobs over lack of mental health support

14 June 2018 Career Advice

Third of care workers consider quitting their jobs over lack of mental health support

The stigma around discussing mental health is still very much present, and the majority (81%) of care professionals agree that not enough is being don...

ACAS produce guidance to tackle religious or belief-based discrimination

22 May 2018 Career Advice

ACAS produce guidance to tackle religious or belief-based discrimination

New workplace guidance has been issued to help ensure businesses are following the law when managing staff who have a particular religion or belief. ...

Majority of care professionals falling victim to the ‘always-on’ work culture

14 May 2018 Career Advice

Majority of care professionals falling victim to the ‘always-on’ work culture

A staggering 76.5% of professionals in the care sector confess to replying to work-related emails, or making work-related calls in their free time. Wh...