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New report suggests tax needs to rise to £2,000 per household to pay for NHS

24 May 2018 England

New report suggests tax needs to rise to £2,000 per household to pay for NHS

Tax may need to rise to historically high levels in order to give the NHS the money it needs to cope with an ageing population, a new report suggests. A new analysis on what the NHS needs to cope with future demand shows that UK spending on healthcare will ha...

Acid attacker Berlinah Wallace branded 'pure evil' as she is jailed for 12 years

23 May 2018 England

Acid attacker Berlinah Wallace branded 'pure evil' as she is jailed for 12 years

A fashion student who poured sulphuric acid over her former partner's face after he left her for another woman has been jailed for at least 12 years. Berlinah Wallace, 48, purchased a bottle of 98% concentration sulphuric acid and viewed 82 websites about it ...

MPs brand disability scheme chief's £1.7 million pay 'totally unacceptable'

21 May 2018 England

MPs brand disability scheme chief's £1.7 million pay 'totally unacceptable'

MPs have attacked the "totally unacceptable" £1.7 million pay of the boss of a business that supplies cars to people with disabilities. Earnings and the £2.4 billion cash reserves being "hoarded" by Motability Operations are "totally out of whack" with the re...

With soaring waiting times Government is 'losing control of cancer care', says Labour

18 May 2018 England

With soaring waiting times Government is 'losing control of cancer care', says Labour

The Government is "losing control of cancer care", with waiting times for treatment soaring over the past eight years, Labour has said. Research carried out by the party found that one patient waited 541 days for treatment following a GP referral in 2017 - ag...

Capita's NHS contract failures had potential to seriously harm patients - NAO report

17 May 2018 England

Capita's NHS contract failures had potential to seriously harm patients - NAO report

A private company hired to perform various back-office tasks for the NHS in England failed to deliver on key aspects of its service which potentially put patient safety at risk, according to a new report. Capita, which has been contracted to provide various s...

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Achievements of people with learning disabilities celebrated at Edinburgh awards ceremony

Achievements of people with learning disabilities celebrated at Edinburgh awards ceremony

24 May 2018 Scotland

A range of people with learning disabilities, and those who support them, were honoured at Scotland’s Learning Disability Awards, held in Edinburgh, this past week. The Learning Disabi...

Aberdeenshire care home told to make urgent improvements following inspection

Aberdeenshire care home told to make urgent improvements following inspection

24 May 2018 Scotland

A care home for older people in Inverurie has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement ...

New report suggests tax needs to rise to £2,000 per household to pay for NHS

New report suggests tax needs to rise to £2,000 per household to pay for NHS

24 May 2018 England

Tax may need to rise to historically high levels in order to give the NHS the money it needs to cope with an ageing population, a new report suggests. A new analysis on what the NHS ne...

Woman jailed for four years after falsely accusing men of rape and sexual assault

Woman jailed for four years after falsely accusing men of rape and sexual assault

24 May 2018 England

A woman who originally walked free after falsely accusing four men of sexual assault has been jailed for four years. Anna Costin, 30, of Shrewsbury, was originally given a three-year c...

'Cruel' mother jailed for duping teenage daughter into forced marriage

'Cruel' mother jailed for duping teenage daughter into forced marriage

24 May 2018 England

A woman who duped her teenage daughter into going to Pakistan and forced her to marry has been jailed for four and a half years, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The un...

GPs forced to reject routine appointments as pressure mounts on practices

GPs forced to reject routine appointments as pressure mounts on practices

24 May 2018 England

GPs have been forced to reject patients for routine appointments as pressure on practices means they can only accept urgent consultations. According to a new survey of 769 GPs, nearly ...

Prime Minister pledges action plan to tackle LGBT discrimination

Prime Minister pledges action plan to tackle LGBT discrimination

24 May 2018 England

The UK should be a country where "no one feels the need to hide" who they love, Theresa May said as she promised a new action plan for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) peop...

NHS deterioration forcing patients to seek private care, says Labour

NHS deterioration forcing patients to seek private care, says Labour

24 May 2018 England

NHS patients are "reluctant refugees" forced to seek private care due to the deterioration of the service, Labour has claimed. Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth accused the Conserva...

Report criticises council and care home after daughter was banned from visiting her mother

Report criticises council and care home after daughter was banned from visiting her mother

23 May 2018 England

A woman was banned from visiting her mother in a Liverpool care home after she complained about her treatment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The woman, whos...

Acid attacker Berlinah Wallace branded 'pure evil' as she is jailed for 12 years

Acid attacker Berlinah Wallace branded 'pure evil' as she is jailed for 12 years

23 May 2018 England

A fashion student who poured sulphuric acid over her former partner's face after he left her for another woman has been jailed for at least 12 years. Berlinah Wallace, 48, purchased a ...

Elderly patients suffering 'medication-related harm' when sent home from hospital

Elderly patients suffering 'medication-related harm' when sent home from hospital

23 May 2018 England

More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are pre...

Duchess sends letter of support for 'remarkable and life-changing' children's hospices

Duchess sends letter of support for 'remarkable and life-changing' children's hospices

23 May 2018 England

The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the lett...

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New report suggests tax needs to rise to £2,000 per household to pay for NHS

New report suggests tax needs to rise to £2,000 per household to pay for NHS

24 May 2018 England

Tax may need to rise to historically high levels in order to give the NHS the money it needs to cope with an ageing population, a new report suggests. A new analysis on what the NHS ne...

Woman jailed for four years after falsely accusing men of rape and sexual assault

Woman jailed for four years after falsely accusing men of rape and sexual assault

24 May 2018 England

A woman who originally walked free after falsely accusing four men of sexual assault has been jailed for four years. Anna Costin, 30, of Shrewsbury, was originally given a three-year c...

'Cruel' mother jailed for duping teenage daughter into forced marriage

'Cruel' mother jailed for duping teenage daughter into forced marriage

24 May 2018 England

A woman who duped her teenage daughter into going to Pakistan and forced her to marry has been jailed for four and a half years, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The un...

GPs forced to reject routine appointments as pressure mounts on practices

GPs forced to reject routine appointments as pressure mounts on practices

24 May 2018 England

GPs have been forced to reject patients for routine appointments as pressure on practices means they can only accept urgent consultations. According to a new survey of 769 GPs, nearly ...

Prime Minister pledges action plan to tackle LGBT discrimination

Prime Minister pledges action plan to tackle LGBT discrimination

24 May 2018 England

The UK should be a country where "no one feels the need to hide" who they love, Theresa May said as she promised a new action plan for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LBGT) peop...

NHS deterioration forcing patients to seek private care, says Labour

NHS deterioration forcing patients to seek private care, says Labour

24 May 2018 England

NHS patients are "reluctant refugees" forced to seek private care due to the deterioration of the service, Labour has claimed. Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth accused the Conserva...

Report criticises council and care home after daughter was banned from visiting her mother

Report criticises council and care home after daughter was banned from visiting her mother

23 May 2018 England

A woman was banned from visiting her mother in a Liverpool care home after she complained about her treatment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The woman, whos...

Acid attacker Berlinah Wallace branded 'pure evil' as she is jailed for 12 years

Acid attacker Berlinah Wallace branded 'pure evil' as she is jailed for 12 years

23 May 2018 England

A fashion student who poured sulphuric acid over her former partner's face after he left her for another woman has been jailed for at least 12 years. Berlinah Wallace, 48, purchased a ...

Elderly patients suffering 'medication-related harm' when sent home from hospital

Elderly patients suffering 'medication-related harm' when sent home from hospital

23 May 2018 England

More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are pre...

Duchess sends letter of support for 'remarkable and life-changing' children's hospices

Duchess sends letter of support for 'remarkable and life-changing' children's hospices

23 May 2018 England

The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the lett...

London Ambulance Service comes out of special measures following new inspection

London Ambulance Service comes out of special measures following new inspection

23 May 2018 England

The London Ambulance Service has been taken out of special measures after improving its rating from "inadequate" to "good". The Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Wednesday released a re...

GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

23 May 2018 England

Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhi...

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Achievements of people with learning disabilities celebrated at Edinburgh awards ceremony

Achievements of people with learning disabilities celebrated at Edinburgh awards ceremony

24 May 2018 Scotland

A range of people with learning disabilities, and those who support them, were honoured at Scotland’s Learning Disability Awards, held in Edinburgh, this past week. The Learning D...

Aberdeenshire care home told to make urgent improvements following inspection

Aberdeenshire care home told to make urgent improvements following inspection

24 May 2018 Scotland

A care home for older people in Inverurie has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improve...

Cheap drugs that could prevent dementia after stroke to be tested in new trial

Cheap drugs that could prevent dementia after stroke to be tested in new trial

23 May 2018 Scotland

A clinical trial is to find out whether cheap, readily available drugs can prevent dementia after stroke. Two charities, the British Heart Foundation and Alzheimer's Society, are ...

Victim tells inquiry sexual abuse was 'whitewashed' by children's home staff

Victim tells inquiry sexual abuse was 'whitewashed' by children's home staff

22 May 2018 Scotland

A man has told an inquiry how the sexual abuse he suffered as a child was "whitewashed" during his time at a children's home. A witness told the Scottish Child Abuse Inquiry (SCAI...

Pioneering dementia friendly golf community set to launch in Scotland

Pioneering dementia friendly golf community set to launch in Scotland

22 May 2018 Scotland

A pioneering new golf project that enables people to continue enjoying their golf when diagnosed with dementia is set to launch in Scotland. With the support of Life Changes Trust...

Low-income Scots could be key in deciding next Prime Minister, think tank suggests

Low-income Scots could be key in deciding next Prime Minister, think tank suggests

22 May 2018 Scotland

Low-income voters in Scotland could be crucial in determining whether Labour or the Conservatives win the next general election, a think tank has suggested. The Joseph Rowntree Fo...

UK first as village offering stable accommodation to homeless opens in Edinburgh

UK first as village offering stable accommodation to homeless opens in Edinburgh

18 May 2018 Scotland

A new village has opened to provide stable accommodation to homeless people as part of campaign to eradicate the issue in Scotland. Social Bite Village launched on Thursday in Gra...

Large-scale study finds disruption to body clock increases risk of poor mental health

Large-scale study finds disruption to body clock increases risk of poor mental health

16 May 2018 Scotland

Disruption to the body clock increases the risk of mood disorders and depression, a large study has confirmed. Scientists at the University of Glasgow looked at the circadian rhyt...

Mike Russell demands UK 'respect' Scotland after MSPs vote against Brexit Bill

Mike Russell demands UK 'respect' Scotland after MSPs vote against Brexit Bill

16 May 2018 Scotland

Westminster has been urged to "respect the will" of the Scottish Parliament and make further changes to key Brexit legislation, after MSPs refused to give their consent to the EU W...

Nicola Sturgeon calls for devolved immigration policy post-brexit

Nicola Sturgeon calls for devolved immigration policy post-brexit

14 May 2018 Scotland

Immigration policy should be devolved to UK nations and regions after Brexit to cater for different labour needs, Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said. Speaking in L...

Arbroath woman charged with attempted murder after baby seriously injured

Arbroath woman charged with attempted murder after baby seriously injured

11 May 2018 Scotland

A woman has been charged with attempted murder after a six-month-old baby suffered serious injuries.The baby girl is in a serious condition in hospital after allegedly being injure...

Family 'utterly devastated' as body found is confirmed as missing musician

Family 'utterly devastated' as body found is confirmed as missing musician

11 May 2018 Scotland

The family of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison has said they are "utterly devastated" at his death.Police confirmed on Friday that a body found by police on Thursday evenin...

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‘Systemic changes’ needed for prescribing of antipsychotic medicines in Welsh care homes

‘Systemic changes’ needed for prescribing of antipsychotic medicines in Welsh care homes

23 May 2018 Wales

Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, o...

£125 million programme to help vulnerable in Wales creates uncertainty and lacks direction

£125 million programme to help vulnerable in Wales creates uncertainty and lacks direction

22 May 2018 Wales

The Welsh Government's Supporting People Programme could be at risk of letting down vulnerable and elderly people due to the confusing way it will work and uncertainty it creates for or...

New report highlights benefits of health and social care integration in Wales

New report highlights benefits of health and social care integration in Wales

17 May 2018 Wales

A report which looks at the way in which the integration of health and social care is impacting on the workforce in Wales has been published.  Commissioned by public services tra...

Majority of looked after children in Wales experiencing high levels of placement stability

Majority of looked after children in Wales experiencing high levels of placement stability

15 May 2018 Wales

Most children and young people in care in Wales are doing well, with over three quarters experiencing a high level of placement stability, new research published today shows. The Welsh...

No criminal charges over death of two-year-old killed in river car plunge

No criminal charges over death of two-year-old killed in river car plunge

14 May 2018 Wales

No criminal charges will be brought in relation to the death of a two-year-old girl who was in a car that plunged into a Welsh river, police have said. Kiara Moore died after being rec...

Youngsters joyride sees residential childcare worker removed from register

Youngsters joyride sees residential childcare worker removed from register

09 May 2018 Wales

A residential child care worker from Wrexham has been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a Social Care Wales fitness to practise hearing found her fitness to practis...

Claims of 'whitewash' as dementia ward closure report finds no institutional abuse

Claims of 'whitewash' as dementia ward closure report finds no institutional abuse

03 May 2018 Wales

A new inquiry into the care of dementia patients on a troubled mental health ward in North Wales has been branded a "whitewash" after it said there was no institutional abuse. The find...

Demand for more improvement at health board as report into dementia ward closure published

Demand for more improvement at health board as report into dementia ward closure published

03 May 2018 Wales

The Welsh Government is demanding that a problem-plagued health board makes further improvements to services following the publication of a report into the closure of a hospital ward fo...

Inspectors 'identify significant areas for improvement' at Powys adult services

Inspectors 'identify significant areas for improvement' at Powys adult services

01 May 2018 Wales

An inspection of Adult Services at Powys County Council has 'identified significant areas for improvement' outlined in a Care Inspectorate Wales (CIW) report published today. The inspec...

Mothers-to-be in Wales first in UK to be offered safer Down's syndrome test

Mothers-to-be in Wales first in UK to be offered safer Down's syndrome test

27 Apr 2018 Wales

Pregnant women in Wales will be the first in the UK to be offered a safer and more accurate test for Down's syndrome, according to the Welsh Government. The new non-invasive prenatal t...

New resource to boost care workers’ skills and confidence launched in Wales

New resource to boost care workers’ skills and confidence launched in Wales

26 Apr 2018 Wales

A new resource to make sure health and social care workers in Wales are confident they have the skills, knowledge and understanding to provide high quality care has been launched yester...

Welsh Gov confirm NHS bursary will be extended for healthcare students starting in 2019

Welsh Gov confirm NHS bursary will be extended for healthcare students starting in 2019

23 Apr 2018 Wales

Welsh Health Secretary, Vaughan Gething, has confirmed the NHS bursary will be extended in Wales for students starting their studies in September 2019. The bursary, for eligible studen...

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NIASW conference to launch new report on violence against social workers

NIASW conference to launch new report on violence against social workers

23 May 2018 Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) are inviting social workers to their Annual Meeting 2018 where they will launch and discuss their report on violence against t...

Social workers highlight 'unethical and degrading' problems with two-child benefit cap

Social workers highlight 'unethical and degrading' problems with two-child benefit cap

23 May 2018 Northern Ireland

As part of a meeting facilitated by Gavin Robinson MP, the Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) met with Shailesh Vara MP, Parliamentary Under Secretary of State for N...

Compensation scheme being drawn up following NI neurology patients recall

Compensation scheme being drawn up following NI neurology patients recall

18 May 2018 Northern Ireland

A compensation scheme is being drawn up for those identified by one of the most complex and challenging patient recalls in Northern Ireland's history, senior civil servants have said. ...

NI health workers 'anxious' over recruitment of EU colleagues post-Brexit

NI health workers 'anxious' over recruitment of EU colleagues post-Brexit

14 May 2018 Northern Ireland

Health care staff in Northern Ireland are uncertain and concerned about the ability to retain and hire EU colleagues post-Brexit. Nurses and doctors who live across the Irish border bu...

Government launch consultation on Northern Ireland troubles legacy

Government launch consultation on Northern Ireland troubles legacy

11 May 2018 Northern Ireland

The Government has formally unveiled a long-delayed consultation on proposals to deal with the toxic legacy of the Northern Ireland Troubles, amid a political row over the exclusion of ...

Induction Programme launched for social care workers in Northern Ireland

Induction Programme launched for social care workers in Northern Ireland

11 May 2018 Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Social Care Council (NISCC) has launched its new Induction Programme for Social Care Workers, which will replace the 2007 Induction Standards.The programme is align...

Inquiry launched after recall of thousands of neurology patients

Inquiry launched after recall of thousands of neurology patients

11 May 2018 Northern Ireland

An independent inquiry has been launched into the recall of thousands of neurology patients in Northern Ireland.Last week, Belfast Trust ordered the recall of 2,500 patients following a...

Police probing death of child at centre of public inquiry in Belfast

Police probing death of child at centre of public inquiry in Belfast

10 May 2018 Northern Ireland

Police are investigating the death of a child at the centre of a public inquiry in Northern Ireland.Claire Roberts, nine, died in Belfast's Royal Victoria Hospital in 1996 from a medica...

Details of initiatives planned under NI £100m Health and Social Care fund published

Details of initiatives planned under NI £100m Health and Social Care fund published

09 May 2018 Northern Ireland

The Department of Health has released details of a series of important initiatives being funded under the £100m Health and Social Care transformation fund in Northern Ireland. The ...

Consultation launched on looked after children strategy in Northern Ireland

Consultation launched on looked after children strategy in Northern Ireland

09 May 2018 Northern Ireland

The Department of Health [DoH] and Department of Education [DE] have launched a public consultation on the draft Strategy for Looked After Children: Improving Children’s Lives. Both de...

Former Winterbourne expert to probe handling of cervical smear screening in Ireland

Former Winterbourne expert to probe handling of cervical smear screening in Ireland

09 May 2018 Northern Ireland

A UK health expert who investigated abuse at the Winterbourne care home for the disabled will lead an inquiry into the misinterpretation of cancer tests in Ireland. Dr Gabriel Scally i...

NHS Trust 'truly sorry' as it recalls 2,500 patients after probe into work of neurologist

NHS Trust 'truly sorry' as it recalls 2,500 patients after probe into work of neurologist

02 May 2018 Northern Ireland

The Belfast Trust has said it is "truly sorry" for having to recall 2,500 patients after a probe into the work of a consultant neurologist. The recall comes after an independent review...


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Achievements of people with learning disabilities celebrated at Edinburgh awards ceremony

Achievements of people with learning disabilities celebrated at Edinburgh awards ceremony

24 May 2018 Scotland

A range of people with learning disabilities, and those who support them, were honoured at Scotland’s Learning Disability Awards, held in Edinburgh, this past week. The Learning Disabi...

Report criticises council and care home after daughter was banned from visiting her mother

Report criticises council and care home after daughter was banned from visiting her mother

23 May 2018 England

A woman was banned from visiting her mother in a Liverpool care home after she complained about her treatment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The woman, whos...

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

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

23 May 2018 Engage

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 vo...

GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

23 May 2018 England

Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhi...

£125 million programme to help vulnerable in Wales creates uncertainty and lacks direction

£125 million programme to help vulnerable in Wales creates uncertainty and lacks direction

22 May 2018 Wales

The Welsh Government's Supporting People Programme could be at risk of letting down vulnerable and elderly people due to the confusing way it will work and uncertainty it creates for or...

Immigration centre detainess win first step in bid for inquiry into 'widespread abuse'

Immigration centre detainess win first step in bid for inquiry into 'widespread abuse'

22 May 2018 England

Two former detainees at a scandal-hit immigration centre have won the first stage of a High Court bid for a public inquiry into alleged "widespread abuse" by officers. The two men, ide...

Report warns vulnerable women being exploited on industrial scale in 'pop-up brothels'

Report warns vulnerable women being exploited on industrial scale in 'pop-up brothels'

22 May 2018 England

Vulnerable women are being sexually exploited on an industrial scale in so-called "pop-up brothels" run by trafficking gangs, a new report has warned. The brothels, often set up in res...

Outgoing CQC chief suggests health and care services may deteriorate in coming year

Outgoing CQC chief suggests health and care services may deteriorate in coming year

22 May 2018 England

The health watchdog has made assumptions that the standard of health and social care may deteriorate this year, one official has said. In an interview with the Health Service Journal (...

Employer Resources: Tackling stress in adult social care workers - Skills For Care

Employer Resources: Tackling stress in adult social care workers - Skills For Care

18 May 2018 Reports & Resources

Social care can be a stressful job, and stress at work can lead to errors, misjudgements, low morale and sickness absence if it’s not managed properly. Building the resilience of your s...

Anti-slavery commissioner quits with thinly veiled swipe at Home Office

Anti-slavery commissioner quits with thinly veiled swipe at Home Office

18 May 2018 England

Britain's first anti-slavery commissioner has taken a swipe at the Home Office as it emerged he is to stand down. Kevin Hyland was appointed by then-home secretary Theresa May in 2014 ...

Homeless charity bus impounded in Windsor ahead of the Royal wedding

Homeless charity bus impounded in Windsor ahead of the Royal wedding

18 May 2018 England

A double-decker bus offering refuge to rough sleepers in Windsor has been impounded ahead of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle's wedding, a charity has said. Thames Valley Police said the...

New report highlights benefits of health and social care integration in Wales

New report highlights benefits of health and social care integration in Wales

17 May 2018 Wales

A report which looks at the way in which the integration of health and social care is impacting on the workforce in Wales has been published.  Commissioned by public services tra...

Windsor's rough sleepers offered place to stay on double-decker bus

Windsor's rough sleepers offered place to stay on double-decker bus

17 May 2018 England

A homeless charity offering refuge to rough sleepers on a double-decker bus has been seen driving through Windsor ahead of Saturday's Royal Wedding. The Ark Project, which until recent...

Inspector criticises 'appalling' suicide and self-harm rates at HMP Nottingham

Inspector criticises 'appalling' suicide and self-harm rates at HMP Nottingham

16 May 2018 England

The chief inspector of prisons has voiced fears that inmates may have taken their own lives because they could no longer face life at a violent and drug-ridden jail. Peter Clarke quest...

Teenager suffered physical abuse in parents' bid for forced marriage, courts told

Teenager suffered physical abuse in parents' bid for forced marriage, courts told

15 May 2018 England

A 19-year-old woman had to endure "physical abuse" as her parents attempted to force her to marry her first cousin and have a baby with him, a court has heard. The teenager's mother an...

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

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

14 May 2018 Education & Training

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 p...

Social care businessman sentenced for defrauding clients in North Yorkshire

Social care businessman sentenced for defrauding clients in North Yorkshire

14 May 2018 England

The former owner of a social care franchise has been sentenced at York Crown Court for defrauding his clients following an investigation by North Yorkshire County Council. The investig...

Guidance: New social work practice resource for working with people suffering hearing loss

Guidance: New social work practice resource for working with people suffering hearing loss

14 May 2018 Reports & Resources

Today, to mark the start of Deaf Awareness Week, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has launched a new practice guide to help social workers to better serve people with he...

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Achievements of people with learning disabilities celebrated at Edinburgh awards ceremony

Achievements of people with learning disabilities celebrated at Edinburgh awards ceremony

24 May 2018 Scotland

A range of people with learning disabilities, and those who support them, were honoured at Scotland’s Learning Disability Awards, held in Edinburgh, this past week. The Learning Disabi...

'Cruel' mother jailed for duping teenage daughter into forced marriage

'Cruel' mother jailed for duping teenage daughter into forced marriage

24 May 2018 England

A woman who duped her teenage daughter into going to Pakistan and forced her to marry has been jailed for four and a half years, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The un...

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

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

24 May 2018 Webwatch

A children's charity is urging tech giants to take urgent action to protect youngsters from predators after it found more than half of 12-year-olds have livestreamed videos online. A Y...

Duchess sends letter of support for 'remarkable and life-changing' children's hospices

Duchess sends letter of support for 'remarkable and life-changing' children's hospices

23 May 2018 England

The Duchess of Cambridge has described how she cherishes moments like playing outside with her children in a letter of support for "remarkable" children's hospices. Kate wrote the lett...

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

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

22 May 2018 New To Care

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 Children’s Minister Huw Irranca-Da...

Tory MP calls for law update to protect children from grooming and exploitation

Tory MP calls for law update to protect children from grooming and exploitation

22 May 2018 England

A Tory MP has raised concerns over the handling of child sexual exploitation cases claiming in some instances the "police don't fully understand grooming and the power that a perpetrato...

First successful prosecution of mother who forced teenage daughter to marry

First successful prosecution of mother who forced teenage daughter to marry

22 May 2018 England

A mother has been convicted of duping her teenage daughter to go to Pakistan and forcing her to marry, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The woman was found guilty follo...

Outgoing CQC chief suggests health and care services may deteriorate in coming year

Outgoing CQC chief suggests health and care services may deteriorate in coming year

22 May 2018 England

The health watchdog has made assumptions that the standard of health and social care may deteriorate this year, one official has said. In an interview with the Health Service Journal (...

Study links over-sterile environment in first year of life to childhood leukaemia

Study links over-sterile environment in first year of life to childhood leukaemia

22 May 2018 England

An over-sterile germ-free environment in the first year of life is one of the major causal factors behind childhood leukaemia, a controversial study suggests. Coupled with unlucky gene...

Guidance issued to schools to tackle child-on-child sexual violence and harassment

Guidance issued to schools to tackle child-on-child sexual violence and harassment

18 May 2018 England

Schools have been given new guidance to deal with allegations of child-on-child sexual violence and harassment. The Department for Education guidelines, which will come into force in S...

Mother and stepfather jailed for raping girl whose abuse complaints were ignored

Mother and stepfather jailed for raping girl whose abuse complaints were ignored

17 May 2018 England

A mother and stepfather have been jailed for the rape of a girl who was returned to their care after social services dismissed her as "troublesome". The parents, now both in their 70s,...

Research Report: Step Up to Social Work evaluation after 3 and 5 years (DE)

Research Report: Step Up to Social Work evaluation after 3 and 5 years (DE)

17 May 2018 Reports & Resources

This evaluation was commissioned by the Department for Education in 2015, as part of a series of studies into the implementation and impact of the Step Up to Social Work qualifying prog...

Research: Transgender awareness in child and family social work education (DE)

Research: Transgender awareness in child and family social work education (DE)

17 May 2018 Reports & Resources

Research into the adequacy and consistency of knowledge on gender variance in social work training and continuous professional development. This review takes a systematic approach, pro...

Judge rules baby suffered brain damage after anxious father shook him

Judge rules baby suffered brain damage after anxious father shook him

17 May 2018 England

A baby suffered brain damage after choking while feeding and being shaken by his anxious father, a family court judge has concluded. The little boy, who is now approaching his second b...

Paedophile who drove 130 miles to abuse 10-year-old girl is jailed

Paedophile who drove 130 miles to abuse 10-year-old girl is jailed

16 May 2018 England

A paedophile who drove 130 miles with the intention of having sex with a 10-year-old girl has been jailed for eight years. Police officers had been tracking the online activities of 49...

Former youth football coach to stand trial on sex abuse charges

Former youth football coach to stand trial on sex abuse charges

16 May 2018 England

Former youth football coach and scout "Kit" Carson is to stand trial accused of the historical sexual abuse of boys aged under 16. Michael "Kit" Carson, 74, pleaded not guilty at Cambr...

Majority of looked after children in Wales experiencing high levels of placement stability

Majority of looked after children in Wales experiencing high levels of placement stability

15 May 2018 Wales

Most children and young people in care in Wales are doing well, with over three quarters experiencing a high level of placement stability, new research published today shows. The Welsh...

Internet study warns children being coerced to live-stream their own sexual abuse

Internet study warns children being coerced to live-stream their own sexual abuse

15 May 2018 England

Children as young as three are being coerced into live-streaming their own sexual abuse from their homes, a study has found. Researchers discovered more than 2,000 videos of live-strea...

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Aberdeenshire care home told to make urgent improvements following inspection

Aberdeenshire care home told to make urgent improvements following inspection

24 May 2018 Scotland

A care home for older people in Inverurie has been told to make urgent improvements in the care provided to vulnerable residents. The Care Inspectorate has served a formal Improvement ...

Report criticises council and care home after daughter was banned from visiting her mother

Report criticises council and care home after daughter was banned from visiting her mother

23 May 2018 England

A woman was banned from visiting her mother in a Liverpool care home after she complained about her treatment, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. The woman, whos...

Elderly patients suffering 'medication-related harm' when sent home from hospital

Elderly patients suffering 'medication-related harm' when sent home from hospital

23 May 2018 England

More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are pre...

GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

23 May 2018 England

Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhi...

‘Systemic changes’ needed for prescribing of antipsychotic medicines in Welsh care homes

‘Systemic changes’ needed for prescribing of antipsychotic medicines in Welsh care homes

23 May 2018 Wales

Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, o...

£125 million programme to help vulnerable in Wales creates uncertainty and lacks direction

£125 million programme to help vulnerable in Wales creates uncertainty and lacks direction

22 May 2018 Wales

The Welsh Government's Supporting People Programme could be at risk of letting down vulnerable and elderly people due to the confusing way it will work and uncertainty it creates for or...

Pioneering dementia friendly golf community set to launch in Scotland

Pioneering dementia friendly golf community set to launch in Scotland

22 May 2018 Scotland

A pioneering new golf project that enables people to continue enjoying their golf when diagnosed with dementia is set to launch in Scotland. With the support of Life Changes Trust and ...

Grandmother's painful death from bladder cancer 'avoidable', health ombudsman

Grandmother's painful death from bladder cancer 'avoidable', health ombudsman

22 May 2018 England

A grandmother's "painful death" from cancer could have been avoided, the health ombudsman has said. Pamela North, from Dagenham in Essex, died after a hospital's nine-month delay to di...

Leading doctor says statins 'safe and effective' after study highlights patient concerns

Leading doctor says statins 'safe and effective' after study highlights patient concerns

22 May 2018 England

Statins are "safe and effective", one of the nation's top doctors has said, after new research shed light on why people are concerned about taking the drugs. Professor Helen Stokes Lam...

Widower with dementia says smart speakers have given him a new lease of life

Widower with dementia says smart speakers have given him a new lease of life

22 May 2018 England

An elderly widower who was diagnosed with dementia after his wife was hit by a car said discovering the latest technology has given him a new lease of life. David Stace (pictured) said...

Hundreds of patients lose High Court case over allegedly 'defective' hip implants

Hundreds of patients lose High Court case over allegedly 'defective' hip implants

22 May 2018 England

In what is believed to be one of the largest "product liability" group actions in the UK, a group of 312 claimants brought High Court proceedings against manufacturer DePuy over allegat...

Improving heart health could prevent or significantly reduce frailty in old age

Improving heart health could prevent or significantly reduce frailty in old age

21 May 2018 England

New research has shown that older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented. The largest study o...

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

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

17 May 2018 Education & Training

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 ...

NHS Trust admonished after death of elderly woman who swallowed cleaning fluid

NHS Trust admonished after death of elderly woman who swallowed cleaning fluid

17 May 2018 England

Health inspectors have told a hospital trust it must do more to protect patients after an elderly woman is thought to have accidentally swallowed cleaning fluid and died. The Chief Ins...

Charity warns threadbare social care sees dementia sufferers making avoidable hospital trips

Charity warns threadbare social care sees dementia sufferers making avoidable hospital trips

17 May 2018 England

Tens of thousands of people with dementia are suffering "avoidable" trips to hospital, a charity has warned. The Alzheimer's Society estimated that last year there were up to 54,000 po...

Prue Leith airs support for assisted dying after brother's 'painful' death

Prue Leith airs support for assisted dying after brother's 'painful' death

17 May 2018 England

Prue Leith has shared her backing for assisted dying after watching her own brother endure a "very painful, miserable death". The Great British Bake Off judge has revealed she is suppo...

Guernsey politician criticised for 'crass and ignorant' comments on assisted dying

Guernsey politician criticised for 'crass and ignorant' comments on assisted dying

17 May 2018 England

A politician debating whether to legalise assisted dying in Guernsey has been criticised for his "crass" and "ignorant" comments to campaigners. The Channel Island could become the onl...

Royal Voluntary Service marks 80 years with pledge to 'scale up' NHS support

Royal Voluntary Service marks 80 years with pledge to 'scale up' NHS support

16 May 2018 England

The Royal Voluntary Service is pledging to increase support in the NHS as it celebrates its 80th anniversary. The organisation was founded in 1938 as the Women's Voluntary Service, to ...

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New report suggests tax needs to rise to £2,000 per household to pay for NHS

New report suggests tax needs to rise to £2,000 per household to pay for NHS

24 May 2018 England

Tax may need to rise to historically high levels in order to give the NHS the money it needs to cope with an ageing population, a new report suggests. A new analysis on what the NHS ne...

GPs forced to reject routine appointments as pressure mounts on practices

GPs forced to reject routine appointments as pressure mounts on practices

24 May 2018 England

GPs have been forced to reject patients for routine appointments as pressure on practices means they can only accept urgent consultations. According to a new survey of 769 GPs, nearly ...

NHS deterioration forcing patients to seek private care, says Labour

NHS deterioration forcing patients to seek private care, says Labour

24 May 2018 England

NHS patients are "reluctant refugees" forced to seek private care due to the deterioration of the service, Labour has claimed. Shadow health secretary Jon Ashworth accused the Conserva...

Elderly patients suffering 'medication-related harm' when sent home from hospital

Elderly patients suffering 'medication-related harm' when sent home from hospital

23 May 2018 England

More than one in three older patients suffer "medication-related harm" after being discharged from hospital, a new study suggests. Researchers found at least 10% of these cases are pre...

London Ambulance Service comes out of special measures following new inspection

London Ambulance Service comes out of special measures following new inspection

23 May 2018 England

The London Ambulance Service has been taken out of special measures after improving its rating from "inadequate" to "good". The Care Quality Commission (CQC) on Wednesday released a re...

GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

23 May 2018 England

Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhi...

Grandmother's painful death from bladder cancer 'avoidable', health ombudsman

Grandmother's painful death from bladder cancer 'avoidable', health ombudsman

22 May 2018 England

A grandmother's "painful death" from cancer could have been avoided, the health ombudsman has said. Pamela North, from Dagenham in Essex, died after a hospital's nine-month delay to di...

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

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

22 May 2018 Education & Training

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. ...

Hundreds of patients lose High Court case over allegedly 'defective' hip implants

Hundreds of patients lose High Court case over allegedly 'defective' hip implants

22 May 2018 England

In what is believed to be one of the largest "product liability" group actions in the UK, a group of 312 claimants brought High Court proceedings against manufacturer DePuy over allegat...

Review finds man's death preventable after psychiatric patient discharged with no care plan

Review finds man's death preventable after psychiatric patient discharged with no care plan

22 May 2018 England

The death of a pensioner who was murdered by a neighbour just days after he was discharged from a psychiatric unit was preventable, a review has concluded. Daniel Atkins, who suffered ...

NHS community services 'marginalised, underfunded and short staffed', claims new report

NHS community services 'marginalised, underfunded and short staffed', claims new report

21 May 2018 England

Promises to bring more patient care closer to home by prioritising NHS community services have fallen flat, a report has claimed. National strategies under successive governments have ...

Parademic's innovative idea eases A&E pressure by keeping 'frequent callers' away

Parademic's innovative idea eases A&E pressure by keeping 'frequent callers' away

21 May 2018 England

A senior paramedic's innovative idea has reduced A&E visits from "frequent callers" by up to 90% in her area and is now being rolled out across the country. Frequent callers are classe...

Gardening experts team up with NHS for mental health projects

Gardening experts team up with NHS for mental health projects

21 May 2018 England

Gardening experts are teaming up with the NHS to promote the positive impact horticulture can have for people's mental health. The Royal Horticultural Society has already pledged its F...

Cancer death rate to be cut by 22,000 using artificial intelligence - PM

Cancer death rate to be cut by 22,000 using artificial intelligence - PM

21 May 2018 England

Artificial intelligence will be used to help stop 22,000 cancer deaths a year by 2033, Theresa May will say in a speech setting out how science can transform health. Medical records, a...

Improving heart health could prevent or significantly reduce frailty in old age

Improving heart health could prevent or significantly reduce frailty in old age

21 May 2018 England

New research has shown that older people with very low risk of heart disease also have very little frailty, raising the possibility that frailty could be prevented. The largest study o...

Compensation scheme being drawn up following NI neurology patients recall

Compensation scheme being drawn up following NI neurology patients recall

18 May 2018 Northern Ireland

A compensation scheme is being drawn up for those identified by one of the most complex and challenging patient recalls in Northern Ireland's history, senior civil servants have said. ...

Diabetes patients advised to return test strips over accuracy of readings

Diabetes patients advised to return test strips over accuracy of readings

18 May 2018 England

Diabetes patients have been advised to stop using and return specific lots of Accu-Chek Aviva and Accu-Chek Performa test strips due to concerns they may give falsely high or low readin...

With soaring waiting times Government is 'losing control of cancer care', says Labour

With soaring waiting times Government is 'losing control of cancer care', says Labour

18 May 2018 England

The Government is "losing control of cancer care", with waiting times for treatment soaring over the past eight years, Labour has said. Research carried out by the party found that one...

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GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

GPs should be able to refer patients to social activities to combat loneliness

23 May 2018 England

Family doctors should be able to access a Wikipedia-style information page so they can refer patients to social activities to help combat loneliness, a leading doctor has said. Meanwhi...

NIASW conference to launch new report on violence against social workers

NIASW conference to launch new report on violence against social workers

23 May 2018 Northern Ireland

The Northern Ireland Association of Social Workers (NIASW) are inviting social workers to their Annual Meeting 2018 where they will launch and discuss their report on violence against t...

‘Systemic changes’ needed for prescribing of antipsychotic medicines in Welsh care homes

‘Systemic changes’ needed for prescribing of antipsychotic medicines in Welsh care homes

23 May 2018 Wales

Antipsychotic medicines are being prescribed inappropriately, in many cases as a first option rather than a last resort, to treat the behavioural and psychologic symptoms of dementia, o...

Review finds man's death preventable after psychiatric patient discharged with no care plan

Review finds man's death preventable after psychiatric patient discharged with no care plan

22 May 2018 England

The death of a pensioner who was murdered by a neighbour just days after he was discharged from a psychiatric unit was preventable, a review has concluded. Daniel Atkins, who suffered ...

Parademic's innovative idea eases A&E pressure by keeping 'frequent callers' away

Parademic's innovative idea eases A&E pressure by keeping 'frequent callers' away

21 May 2018 England

A senior paramedic's innovative idea has reduced A&E visits from "frequent callers" by up to 90% in her area and is now being rolled out across the country. Frequent callers are classe...

Gardening experts team up with NHS for mental health projects

Gardening experts team up with NHS for mental health projects

21 May 2018 England

Gardening experts are teaming up with the NHS to promote the positive impact horticulture can have for people's mental health. The Royal Horticultural Society has already pledged its F...

Compensation scheme being drawn up following NI neurology patients recall

Compensation scheme being drawn up following NI neurology patients recall

18 May 2018 Northern Ireland

A compensation scheme is being drawn up for those identified by one of the most complex and challenging patient recalls in Northern Ireland's history, senior civil servants have said. ...

Stress and anxiety-related hospital admissions 'costing £70 million a year'

Stress and anxiety-related hospital admissions 'costing £70 million a year'

18 May 2018 England

Stress and anxiety-related hospital admissions are costing the NHS more than £70 million a year, a think tank has warned. The New Economics Foundation said its analysis shows there wer...

Employer Resources: Tackling stress in adult social care workers - Skills For Care

Employer Resources: Tackling stress in adult social care workers - Skills For Care

18 May 2018 Reports & Resources

Social care can be a stressful job, and stress at work can lead to errors, misjudgements, low morale and sickness absence if it’s not managed properly. Building the resilience of your s...

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

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

17 May 2018 Education & Training

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 Nat...

£25 million funding boost for English areas worst affected by suicide

£25 million funding boost for English areas worst affected by suicide

17 May 2018 England

The parts of England worst affected by suicide are to be given a funding boost to enhance local prevention services, officials have announced. Money is to be provided for new targeted ...

Large-scale study finds disruption to body clock increases risk of poor mental health

Large-scale study finds disruption to body clock increases risk of poor mental health

16 May 2018 Scotland

Disruption to the body clock increases the risk of mood disorders and depression, a large study has confirmed. Scientists at the University of Glasgow looked at the circadian rhythms -...

Inspector criticises 'appalling' suicide and self-harm rates at HMP Nottingham

Inspector criticises 'appalling' suicide and self-harm rates at HMP Nottingham

16 May 2018 England

The chief inspector of prisons has voiced fears that inmates may have taken their own lives because they could no longer face life at a violent and drug-ridden jail. Peter Clarke quest...

New data shows big rise in school referrals for child mental health treatment

New data shows big rise in school referrals for child mental health treatment

14 May 2018 England

The number of children referred for mental health treatment by their schools has risen by more than a third in the past three years, figures have revealed. According to data obtained b...

Family 'utterly devastated' as body found is confirmed as missing musician

Family 'utterly devastated' as body found is confirmed as missing musician

11 May 2018 Scotland

The family of Frightened Rabbit singer Scott Hutchison has said they are "utterly devastated" at his death.Police confirmed on Friday that a body found by police on Thursday evening was...

Warning over students mental health amid continuing increase in suicide rates

Warning over students mental health amid continuing increase in suicide rates

11 May 2018 Education & Training

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...

Soap storyline prompts 'busiest day ever' for suicide prevention helpline

Soap storyline prompts 'busiest day ever' for suicide prevention helpline

11 May 2018 England

A suicide prevention charity helpline experienced its "busiest day ever" after troubled Coronation Street character Aidan Connor killed himself, prompting a flood of requests for help f...

BBC unite with commercial radio for first time to support mental health awareness

BBC unite with commercial radio for first time to support mental health awareness

11 May 2018 England

BBC and commercial radio stations will team up for the first time ever to broadcast a message about mental health.The one-minute segment will air across more than 300 stations on May 15...

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Woman jailed for four years after falsely accusing men of rape and sexual assault

Woman jailed for four years after falsely accusing men of rape and sexual assault

24 May 2018 England

A woman who originally walked free after falsely accusing four men of sexual assault has been jailed for four years. Anna Costin, 30, of Shrewsbury, was originally given a three-year c...

'Cruel' mother jailed for duping teenage daughter into forced marriage

'Cruel' mother jailed for duping teenage daughter into forced marriage

24 May 2018 England

A woman who duped her teenage daughter into going to Pakistan and forced her to marry has been jailed for four and a half years, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The un...

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

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

23 May 2018 Engage

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 vo...

Acid attacker Berlinah Wallace branded 'pure evil' as she is jailed for 12 years

Acid attacker Berlinah Wallace branded 'pure evil' as she is jailed for 12 years

23 May 2018 England

A fashion student who poured sulphuric acid over her former partner's face after he left her for another woman has been jailed for at least 12 years. Berlinah Wallace, 48, purchased a ...

First successful prosecution of mother who forced teenage daughter to marry

First successful prosecution of mother who forced teenage daughter to marry

22 May 2018 England

A mother has been convicted of duping her teenage daughter to go to Pakistan and forcing her to marry, in the first successful prosecution of its type. The woman was found guilty follo...

Hundreds of patients lose High Court case over allegedly 'defective' hip implants

Hundreds of patients lose High Court case over allegedly 'defective' hip implants

22 May 2018 England

In what is believed to be one of the largest "product liability" group actions in the UK, a group of 312 claimants brought High Court proceedings against manufacturer DePuy over allegat...

Judge to close rape case after death of Beast of Wombwell

Judge to close rape case after death of Beast of Wombwell

18 May 2018 England

A judge is expected to formally close the case of Peter Pickering - the child killer known as the Beast of Wombwell who died before he could be sentenced for a 1972 rape. Pickering die...

Woman found guilty of acid attack on former partner who died by euthanasia

Woman found guilty of acid attack on former partner who died by euthanasia

17 May 2018 England

A fashion student has been acquitted of murdering her former partner who died by euthanasia after she threw acid over him as he lay sleeping. Berlinah Wallace, 48, meticulously researc...

Mother and stepfather jailed for raping girl whose abuse complaints were ignored

Mother and stepfather jailed for raping girl whose abuse complaints were ignored

17 May 2018 England

A mother and stepfather have been jailed for the rape of a girl who was returned to their care after social services dismissed her as "troublesome". The parents, now both in their 70s,...

Police arrest 37-year-old man over murder of Middlesbrough pharmacist

Police arrest 37-year-old man over murder of Middlesbrough pharmacist

17 May 2018 England

Detectives investigating the murder of a pharmacist in her own home have arrested a 37-year-old man. Jessica Patel, 34, was found dead at her Victorian semi in The Avenue, Linthorpe, M...

Fake doctor jailed for sexually assaulting pregnant woman in Farnborough

Fake doctor jailed for sexually assaulting pregnant woman in Farnborough

17 May 2018 England

A man who impersonated a doctor to sexually assault a pregnant woman has been jailed, police have announced. Gregory Boyle, 58, was imprisoned for six years and four months on Wednesda...

Judge rules baby suffered brain damage after anxious father shook him

Judge rules baby suffered brain damage after anxious father shook him

17 May 2018 England

A baby suffered brain damage after choking while feeding and being shaken by his anxious father, a family court judge has concluded. The little boy, who is now approaching his second b...

Controlling takeaway boss convicted for enslaving very vulnerable tenants

Controlling takeaway boss convicted for enslaving very vulnerable tenants

17 May 2018 England

An unscrupulous takeaway boss will be jailed after he was convicted of enslaving alcoholic tenants and forcing them to work at his chip shop for free. Harjit Bariana, 46, supplied drin...

Officer failed to carry out correct checks on man who died in custody

Officer failed to carry out correct checks on man who died in custody

17 May 2018 England

A police custody officer failed to carry out half-hourly checks on a man in custody who later died in his cell, investigators concluded. The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC...

Paedophile who drove 130 miles to abuse 10-year-old girl is jailed

Paedophile who drove 130 miles to abuse 10-year-old girl is jailed

16 May 2018 England

A paedophile who drove 130 miles with the intention of having sex with a 10-year-old girl has been jailed for eight years. Police officers had been tracking the online activities of 49...

Drug user who killed girlfriend and chopped up her body jailed for 28 years

Drug user who killed girlfriend and chopped up her body jailed for 28 years

16 May 2018 England

A drug user who brutally murdered his partner by beating her to death with a metal pole before "obliterating" her remains and disposing of them in bins and a toilet has been jailed for ...

Judges prevent journalists from naming pensioner at centre of dementia care case

Judges prevent journalists from naming pensioner at centre of dementia care case

15 May 2018 England

Three Court of Appeal judges have refused to allow journalists to name a pensioner who is in the "end stage" of dementia and has been at the centre of a dispute in the specialist Court ...

Teenager suffered physical abuse in parents' bid for forced marriage, courts told

Teenager suffered physical abuse in parents' bid for forced marriage, courts told

15 May 2018 England

A 19-year-old woman had to endure "physical abuse" as her parents attempted to force her to marry her first cousin and have a baby with him, a court has heard. The teenager's mother an...


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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 ...

Engage: Margaret Atwood's Handmaids adopted as powerful symbols of abortion restriction

30 April 2018 Engage

Engage: Margaret Atwood's Handmaids adopted as powerful symbols of abortion restriction

Five women in red robes, their heads hooded, veils over their faces, silently watched as parliamentarians on the Isle of Man gathered on a grassy hillside last July. They had come, unannounced and shrouded in mystery, to demonstrate against the island's ...

Engage: Recently uncovered photograph collection offers glimpse into pre-NHS healthcare

26 April 2018 Engage

Engage: Recently uncovered photograph collection offers glimpse into pre-NHS healthcare

A recently uncovered archive of photographs is giving people a glimpse into healthcare in the years just before the NHS was founded. Some 4,050 photographs documenting healthcare in Britain between 1938 and 1943 were discovered by staff at heritage agenc...

Engage: A sense of self-worth is more powerful than handcuffing children & young people

18 April 2018 Engage

Engage: A sense of self-worth is more powerful than handcuffing children & young people

Children and young people in the care system can spend many hours with an escort service, being taken to school, healthcare appointments, contact sessions with family members or being relocated to a new area. That experience can have a huge impact on the...

Engage: How listening to people with learning disabilities can improve services

17 April 2018 Engage

Engage: How listening to people with learning disabilities can improve services

Sharon Jeffreys from the Mental Health Intensive Support Team, NHS Improvement discusses the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE)’s learning disabilities guideline and how organisations can work to improve local services. In my former...

Engage: Almost half of care workers made to follow ridiculous rules at work

16 April 2018 Engage

Engage: Almost half of care workers made to follow ridiculous rules at work

Some say rules are made to be broken and according to research from the UK’s leading independent job board, CV-Library, almost half (45.5%) of care workers have worked for a company that implemented strange or ridiculous rules. What’s more, the majority (...

Jordan Peele to tackle domestic violence with Lorena Bobbitt documentary

06 April 2018 Engage

Jordan Peele to tackle domestic violence with Lorena Bobbitt documentary

Jordan Peele, who won an Oscar for taking on racism with the film Get Out, will now target domestic abuse with a documentary on Lorena Bobbitt. Amazon announced the director, writer and comedian will be executive producer on the series, which will challe...

Engage: Sculptures installed on TV studio roof in suicide prevention campaign

26 March 2018 Engage

Engage: Sculptures installed on TV studio roof in suicide prevention campaign

A new art installation representing the men who take their own lives each week in the UK has been revealed on the roof of This Morning's London studios. The sculptures of 84 men, made by American artist Mark Jenkins and his collaborator, Sandra Fernandez...

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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...

Webwatch: New SSSC video explains importance of social service workers’ online behaviour

27 April 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: New SSSC video explains importance of social service workers’ online behaviour

The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) have produced a new video explaining their social media guidance for social service work...

Webwatch: Innovative website launched to support cancer caregivers in Northern Ireland

20 April 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Innovative website launched to support cancer caregivers in Northern Ireland

‘Cancer Caring Coping’ is a new online resource created by cancer caregivers for cancer caregivers. It is based on research by Dr O...

Webwatch: 37% rise in child sexual abuse images found online than in previous year

18 April 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: 37% rise in child sexual abuse images found online than in previous year

More child sexual abuse imagery is being found on the internet than ever before, according to new research by a British charity whic...

Webwatch: Four in five support tighter social media regulation to improve mental health

18 April 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Four in five support tighter social media regulation to improve mental health

A vast majority of the British public think time spent on social media is harming young people's wellbeing, a poll suggests. Four i...

Webwatch: Using Apps like Uber can help revolutionise social care

12 April 2018 Webwatch

Webwatch: Using Apps like Uber can help revolutionise social care

Social care should take inspiration from apps like Uber to offer individualised services for people who need support, according to e...

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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...

Young people belonging to alternative subcultures at greater risk of self-harm

08 April 2018

Young people belonging to alternative subcultures at greater risk of self-harm

Young people belonging to alternative subcultures, such as goths, emos or metal fans, are at a greater risk of self-harm and suicide than those who do not, according to a new research review. The authors say that health, educational and ...

University applications for nursing courses down by 10%

05 April 2018

University applications for nursing courses down by 10%

The number of people applying to train to become nurses has fallen by 10%, new figures show. Figures on UCAS undergraduate applications show that there were 43,700 applicants to nursing courses, down from 48,810 the previous year. Among t...

Nine leading universities to share in £10 million mental health research grants

29 March 2018

Nine leading universities to share in £10 million mental health research grants

Nine leading universities from across the UK will be the recipients of multi-million pound grants from the Medical Research Council (MRC) to help researchers harness the power of data science for mental health research. Funding for the gran...

Author to give insight in common misgivings about poverty at talk in Dundee

26 March 2018

Author to give insight in common misgivings about poverty at talk in Dundee

Glaswegian rap artist and author of ‘Poverty Safari’ will share his insight into living on the breadline next week when he talks at the University of Dundee. Darren ‘Loki’ McGarvey, will be giving his insight into the common misgivings abo...

Social work students at Liverpool Hope to benefit from new learning experience in Gambia

23 March 2018

Social work students at Liverpool Hope to benefit from new learning experience in Gambia

Liverpool Hope University tutors Nicki Blundell and Dr Lucy Hanson have visited a range of services in the Gambia, which will provide a new student experience for those studying Social Work at the University. From next year, students will ...

International care home admissions study finds risk of abuse and human rights violations

23 March 2018

International care home admissions study finds risk of abuse and human rights violations

Thousands of older people in low and middle-income countries are at risk of abuse and human rights violations when being admitted to care homes, according to new research led by the University of East Anglia (UEA). The study provides the f...

Student nurses at nine universities have loans cut off after overpayment error

17 March 2018

Student nurses at nine universities have loans cut off after overpayment error

Student nurses at nine universities have had their loans and grants cut off or reduced after administrative errors meant they were previously paid too much, according to nursing leaders. The Royal College of Nursing (RCN) said it has writt...

Perioperative care conference aims to boost leadership skills and improve patient safety

14 March 2018

Perioperative care conference aims to boost leadership skills and improve patient safety

Today’s healthcare professionals are in the vanguard of the much needed change in how patient care is undertaken and evaluated. Between 1 April 2016 and 31 January 2017, there were 365 reported perioperative incidents. Of these 351 were cat...

Proportionately more women committing suicide and self-harm in prison than men

14 March 2018

Proportionately more women committing suicide and self-harm in prison than men

Female prisoners – often anguished at being parted from their children – are more likely to commit acts of self-harm than their male counterparts, according to a University of Huddersfield researcher who has been exploring the issue for mor...

SWU offer grants of £500 to students in assignment to celebrate World Social Work Day

06 March 2018

SWU offer grants of £500 to students in assignment to celebrate World Social Work Day

The Social Workers Union (SWU) are offering four grants of £500 to social work students who can write the most compelling argument for how the profession can solve austerity. Timed in conjunction with World Social Work Day (WSWD) on 20th M...

Hundreds of mental health professionals set to attend university event on PTSD treatment

05 March 2018

Hundreds of mental health professionals set to attend university event on PTSD treatment

On 10th March, 440 psychotherapists, psychologists and counsellors will gather at Birmingham University to attend a free, one-day workshop delivered by Dr David Muss to learn The Rewind: a technique he originated that can help treat Post-Tr...

Study finds new kind of antipsychotic drug relieves symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

14 February 2018

Study finds new kind of antipsychotic drug relieves symptoms of Alzheimer's disease

A new kind of antipsychotic has been found to relieve terrifying and disturbing symptoms suffered by millions of people with Alzheimer's disease worldwide. New research has found that Pimavanserin significantly improves psychosis symptoms ...

University event seeks to understand the growing problem of self-harm

07 February 2018

University event seeks to understand the growing problem of self-harm

An event exploring the growing issue of self-harm will take place in Sheffield later this month. Self-harm is an important health concern in the UK with numbers seemingly rising, especially in teens, with one recent study claiming that U...

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children more likely to be taken into care

07 February 2018

Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children more likely to be taken into care

Child protection professionals are ill-equipped when working with Gypsy, Roma and Traveller children, say researchers who have revealed children from these groups are more likely to be taken into care. Dr Daniel Allen and Sarah Riding from...

Academic supports new charity to improve the lives of looked after children

07 February 2018

Academic supports new charity to improve the lives of looked after children

An academic at the University of Chester is working with a new national charity to improve the lives of looked after children. Insights from evaluative research led by Professor Elizabeth Harlow from the Department of Social Work and Int...

University historian honoured for research uncovering history of child sex abuse in Britain

07 February 2018

University historian honoured for research uncovering history of child sex abuse in Britain

A historian from the University of Sheffield has been honoured for his research which highlights how press coverage of child sex abuse in Britain has changed over the last century. Professor Adrian Bingham from the University’s Department ...

Reporting tool reveals Cambridge University has 'significant sexual misconduct problem'

06 February 2018

Reporting tool reveals Cambridge University has 'significant sexual misconduct problem'

Cambridge University has said it has a "significant problem involving sexual misconduct" as it emerged it had received 173 reports of improper behaviour in nine months since launching an anonymous online reporting tool. Reports, received b...

Researchers warn homelessness is soaring with serious health implications for those affected

31 January 2018

Researchers warn homelessness is soaring with serious health implications for those affected

The recent rise in homelessness has its roots in welfare reform and the housing market, almost entirely accounted for by an increase in families losing their privately-rented housing, experts have said. The number of people officially reco...

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Employer Resources: Tackling stress in adult social care workers - Skills For Care

18 May 2018 Reports & Resources

Employer Resources: Tackling stress in adult social care workers - Skills For Care

Social care can be a stressful job, and stress at work can lead to errors, misjudgements, low morale and sickness absence if it’s not managed properly...

Research Report: Step Up to Social Work evaluation after 3 and 5 years (DE)

17 May 2018 Reports & Resources

Research Report: Step Up to Social Work evaluation after 3 and 5 years (DE)

This evaluation was commissioned by the Department for Education in 2015, as part of a series of studies into the implementation and impact of the Ste...

Research: Transgender awareness in child and family social work education (DE)

17 May 2018 Reports & Resources

Research: Transgender awareness in child and family social work education (DE)

Research into the adequacy and consistency of knowledge on gender variance in social work training and continuous professional development. This revi...

Report: NMC’s handling of concerns about midwives’ fitness to practise at Furness General Hospital

16 May 2018 Reports & Resources

Report: NMC’s handling of concerns about midwives’ fitness to practise at Furness General Hospital

The Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care has today published its Lessons Learned Review into handling by the Nursing and Midwif...

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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...

TV doctors return to the classroom to promote careers in the NHS

30 March 2018 New To Care

TV doctors return to the classroom to promote careers in the NHS

TV doctors Rosemary Leonard, Ellie Cannon and Sara Kayat are returning to the classroom to encourage pupils to study science, technology, engineering and m...

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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...

Candidates turning down jobs after waiting too long for news form employers

11 May 2018 Career Advice

Candidates turning down jobs after waiting too long for news form employers

Three out of five people have taken a second-choice job offer because their preferred employer took too long to give them an answer, according to a ne...

Government urged to close loophole allowing exploitation of agency workers

27 April 2018 Career Advice

Government urged to close loophole allowing exploitation of agency workers

Ministers have been urged to close a loophole which allows agency workers to be paid less than permanent members of staff. Labour's Stephanie Peacock...