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Councils failing to provide adequate support for personal assistants, investigation finds

Personal assistants speak out on isolation as Community Care investigation finds postcode lottery of support and training opportunities

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Inadequate social worker training puts implementation of Care Act at risk, warns BASW

July 1,2015

One third of social workers surveyed by association say their training on the Care Act has been inadequate

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How local area coordination may solve the financial malaise engulfing adult social care

June 29,2015

An approach that encourages people to find solutions to their needs in their community is saving money and improving lives, argues Brian Frisby

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Welsh care regulator launches consultation on new inspection framework for social services

July 3,2015

The framework will bring inspections in line with requirements of new social care legislation in Wales by placing a greater focus on the outcomes of individuals receiving care and support

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‘We recognised personal assistants were at risk of exclusion and wanted to support them’

July 1,2015

Community Care speaks to East Sussex Council to find out how they’ve made support and training opportunities available to personal assistants

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10 College of Social Work functions that need new homes

July 1,2015

Community Care analyses the resources that are central to the TCSW wind down process and where they might end up

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Fears of postcode lottery as Independent Living Fund closes today

June 30,2015

Transfer of monies to local authorities puts spotlight on how the most disabled people should be supported

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Dorset social care workers transferred out of council fear for their terms and conditions

June 26,2015

Adult social care will be incorporated into a local authority trading company due to launch next week

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Micro-providers offer good value for money but struggle to get referrals from social workers

June 23,2015

Social workers need to be informed about micro-enterprises operating in their areas so that service users can take advantage of their greater value, finds research

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‘If ever there was a time to celebrate the commitment of social workers, it is now’

June 23,2015

Professor Ray Jones urges social work practitioners to put themselves forward for the 2015 Social Worker of the Year Awards

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Why we need to bring a gender perspective to dementia care

June 19,2015

Dementia services need to take account of the way the disease disproportionately affects women, as service users and carers, says Vivien Ziwocha

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‘People deprived of liberty in supported living are at risk of human rights violations’

June 18,2015

The Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards were fatally flawed from the start by their failure to include supported living services, says Lucy Series

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The College of Social Work to close due to lack of funds

June 18,2015

Government says decision to stop funding TCSW wasn't taken lightly but College chair says it is 'dark day for social work'

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‘I have supplied him with clean clothes and bought his favourite biscuits to gain his trust’

June 18,2015

A substance misuse social worker talks through her day spent providing motivation, understanding and gaining trust

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Government brings forward deadline for deprivation of liberty reform plans

June 17,2015

Accelerated timetable will see Law Commission publish draft legislation by end of 2016

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Councils’ failure to make court applications leaving ‘widespread unlawful deprivations of liberty’

June 17,2015

Councils have made just 1.6% of court applications they feel may be needed to ensure community care placements comply with landmark Cheshire West ruling, Community Care research finds

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Court of Appeal ruling means streamlined deprivation of liberty process is fatally flawed

June 16,2015

Clarity on the law in relation to deprivation of liberty cannot come soon enough in the light of another landmark case, explains Ben Troke of law firm Browne Jacobson

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Asking service users to write care plans proves to be a powerful training tool

June 16,2015

An adult social care charity has found flipping the care planning approach on its head shows the difference it makes when the individual is in control

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Judge makes second call for Supreme Court to reconsider Cheshire West due to “serious confusion” in law

June 12,2015

In series of judgements, Mr Justice Mostyn has questioned the Cheshire West judgement and said the law on deprivation of liberty is in state of confusion

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