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Lamb told ‘urgent’ funding for deprivation of liberty cases needed as legal threat looms

Local authority leaders tell minister that councils are in ‘dire need’ of funds amid nine-fold rise in deprivation of liberty cases

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Care home’s council contract suspended over failure to support staff

October 16,2014

A Nottingham care home has had its contract with the council suspended after three successive CQC inspections found training and supervision to be lacking

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DH releases £4m Care Act training fund amid concerns over workforce readiness

October 16,2014

Regional grant announced after stocktake exercise revealed council concerns over training capacity and workforce readiness

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Care Act 2014: Government tightens national minimum threshold plans

October 23,2014

After months of consultation on draft versions, the Department of Health has published its final guidance and regulations on the Act

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A guide to Nice’s new quality standard on medication management in care homes

October 22,2014

The institute is advising care homes to put individuals at 'heart of decisions' on medication and support residents to self-administer wherever possible

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A wider definition of domestic abuse will help social workers safeguard more adult victims

October 21,2014

Social work organisations respond to a Home Office consultation on strengthening the law around domestic abuse

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One in five nursing homes too short-staffed to ensure safe care, finds watchdog

October 16,2014

CQC State of Care report finds standard of social care generally improving but warns of nursing shortage

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Five key stats for social workers from new official adult safeguarding figures

October 15,2014

We pull out some of the key figures from the health and social care information centre's latest data

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Mental health social work with deaf adults: ‘I’ve learnt so much working in this service’

October 15,2014

Community Care hears about life as a social worker in one of England's specialist mental health services for deaf adults

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CQC finds ‘unacceptable’ variation in quality of dementia care

October 13,2014

Nine out of 10 care homes and hospitals had elements of poor or variable care, review by social care regulator finds

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National assessment for newly qualified social workers in adult services planned

October 10,2014

Chief social worker for adults puts plans out to consultation as part of 'knowledge and skills statement' for social workers in adults services

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When is it a social worker’s job to investigate pressure ulcers?

October 9,2014

A debate about pressure ulcers highlights the contested issue of adult safeguarding's responsibilities in relation to poor care

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CQC sharpens focus on provider compliance with Mental Capacity Act in regulation overhaul

October 9,2014

Regulator issues guidelines for providers on how it will inspect against regulatory framework that comes into force this month

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‘I am a survivor of domestic abuse and I am a social worker’

October 9,2014

'One of the worst parts of my experience was not being believed by some professionals', writes Nushra Mansuri.

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Adass: ‘There’s always more that can be done to understand social work pressures’

October 9,2014

Responding to Community Care’s job-seeking research David Pearson says involving social workers in future change and promoting good practice will help boost morale

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‘The rush to boost best interests assessor numbers must not lead to substandard training’

October 8,2014

The current rush to train best interests assessors must not lead to substandard courses being provided, writes Keith Brown

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Most councils will have to ‘significantly’ reduce emergency welfare if goverment cut goes ahead

October 6,2014

Local Government Association survey shows planned removal of local welfare assistance funding will have a major impact on vulnerable families

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Local Government Ombudsman Jane Martin

Ombudsman criticises council for ‘forcing’ resident to pay unlawful care home top-up

October 3,2014

But Tameside council has strongly disputed the findings and denies that it failed to act in accordance with the law

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‘An arts centre is a perfect base for us to offer social support for wellbeing’

October 1,2014

The team from the Creative Alternatives project in Sefton explain a bit about their work - in pictures.

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