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Poor sharing of information led to warning signs being missed before a 19-day-old boy was murdered by his mother, a serious case review has found. Nicola Brown, 43, was found guilty of the murder of her son Jake following a trial at Winchester Crown Court in 2016 and was sentenced…
The Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) and the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) have published a Joint Serious Case review to consider and learn from sexual exploitation involving children and young adults in Newcastle. The Joint Serious Case Review fulfills the NSAB's duty under Section 44 of the Care Act…
An independent review of foster care in England has been published, setting out recommendations to improve the fostering system for children and foster carers. The independent review, commissioned by the Department for Education and conducted by Sir Martin Narey (pictured) and Mark Owers, looked at the purpose of foster care…
Social Care Wales have published their response to the consultation on Transforming Care in the 21st Century, which ran for 12 weeks between 24 July and 16 October 2017. The report provides a summary of responses and details how they have modified their proposals in light of the feedback received…
The Scottish Social services Council (SSSC) has published two new workforce data reports; one on children’s services and the other on adults’ services. The data in these reports supplements data already published in the annual Scottish Social Service Sector: Report on 2016 Workforce Data (SSSC, September 2017). The reports have…
Skills Development Scotland (SDS) has highlighted a need for the nation’s Early Learning and Childcare sector to attract a more diverse workforce to create an additional 11,000 jobs by 2020 to meet expected demand. SDS has worked with partners to create new national Early Learning and Childcare Skills Investment Plan…
Adoption has been a particularly politicised and contentious area of public policy in recent years in the UK, perhaps most particularly in England. Political and ideological perspectives on adoption drive legal frameworks, policy, the culture of practice and the use of resources. It was against this backdrop that BASW commissioned…
The NHS needs radical action to improve working conditions, boost training and retention and become a ‘model employer’ for staff, a report on the future of the health and care workforce has concluded. Facing the Facts, Shaping the Future, A health and care workforce strategy for England to 2027 is…
The Scottish Social Services Council has published their annual report and accounts for 1 April 2016 – 31 March 2017. Publication of the revised Codes of Practice and moving to a fitness to practise model of regulation were two major achievements in 2016-17. The Codes hadn’t been updated since they…
Everyone has the right to have personal relationships, including people with learning disabilities. It’s vital that adult social care workers have the right values, skills and knowledge to support people with personal relationships – and training is a vital part of this. New guidance, from Skills For Care, aims to…
Research commissioned by the Social Work Services Strategic Forum on 'What the public think about Scottish social services and why', has been published. The research was authored by Dr Trish McCulloch (University of Dundee), Professor Stephen Webb (Glasgow Caledonian University) and David Clark. Overall, the research findings suggest a good…
Scottish Care has launched a new report on Mental Health at their annual Care Home Conference & Exhibition in Glasgow. The report, entitled ‘Fragile Foundations: Exploring the Mental Health of the Social Care Workforce and the People They Support’, was launched by Dr Donald Macaskill, Scottish Care CEO, in front…
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