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Government finds extra funds to help manage Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards pressures

£25m falls well short of local authority demands but will help manage caseload pressures triggered by Cheshire West judgement

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How professionals’ false assumptions allow domestic abuse between older couples to go unnoticed

March 26,2015

Abusive relationships can be difficult to leave at any age, but for older women there are particular issues that make it harder, which is why social workers need to recognise that abuse doesn’t stop once you reach 60

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Councils mount legal challenge against Care Act funding allocations

March 26,2015

West Berkshire and Wokingham, which both have critical eligibility thresholds, say Department of Health has not given them enough money to implement act

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‘15 minute visits are leaving care workers with an intolerable choice’

March 27,2015

The short-term approach to commissioning is a ticking time bomb and we need to stop neglecting care workers, writes Neil Taggart

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‘Professionalisation will get to the heart of the home care issue’

March 27,2015

The new HELPcare project at Lancaster University hopes to find the right model of continuing professional development and training for care workers across the EU, writes Carolyn Downs

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Lamb: Why we are providing £25m to help staff deliver the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

March 27,2015

One-off investment for 2015-16 will help local authorites use Dols to protect rights of vulnerable people, says care minister

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How social workers can better identify and support older victims of domestic abuse

March 26,2015

Tips for practitioners from safeguarding experts on how they can support older women to disclose and escape domestic abuse

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GPs and social workers: old friends or old foes?

March 26,2015

There is no shortage of barriers to GPs and social workers working together but putting them in a room together can have positive results

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Parallel worlds of domestic abuse and safeguarding need to be brought together

March 26,2015

Care Act should improve social workers' approach to tackling domestic abuse between older couples, says former LGA safeguarding lead

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Council campaign aims to raise awareness of domestic violence against older people

March 26,2015

Camden Council's 'Know It's Not Too Late' campaign aimed at the over-50s is hoping to repeat the success of an earlier campaign aimed at a younger age group which saw domestic abuse referrals increase by 40%

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CQC role “critical” to ensuring success of the Care Certificate, says Cavendish

March 26,2015

The certificate was a key recommendation from Camilla Cavendish's review into the unregulated health and social care workforce and sets out 15 basic training standards for frontline staff

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Councils ready for Care Act but raise concerns about costs on eve of implementation

March 25,2015

99% of councils confident about implementing Care Act on 1 April but one fifth concerned that they lack funds to do so, finds final stocktake of readiness

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Disabled people in Wales to form co-operatives to manage their direct payments

March 25,2015

Co-operatives will give disabled people the opportunity to work together to design and commission new services, instead of relying on those provided by local councils

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CQC chief sets out plans for regulating integrated care

March 20,2015

Regulator to adapt to joining up of health and social care by inspecting integrated services and assessing quality of care across localities, says David Behan

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‘Housing with care is not a shallow and cynical rebrand of the residential care sector’

March 19,2015

Implementing this key recommendation from the Demos Commission on Residential Care will change the way we look at the sector and make care positive, writes Julienne Meyer

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No need to reassess people against Care Act eligibility threshold until their next review, says government

March 18,2015

Government sets out plans to make transition to Care Act in England, with old legislation continuing to apply in Wales

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Dedicated team makes telecare a mainstream response to social care needs

March 17,2015

Pagers, monitored smoke detectors, sensors and recordings of familiar voices are all being used to help people live independently for longer in Hull, writes Louise Eastwood

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards cases in Wales hit record high in run-up to landmark ruling

March 17,2015

Applications rose by 20% in 2013-14 but will have increased even further in wake of Supreme Court ruling in ‘Cheshire West’ case

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Social care system ‘unsustainable’ without protected funding, directors warn

March 17,2015

Association of Directors of Adult Social Services says next government must ensure that £4.3bn funding gap is closed

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