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20 activities to help people with learning disabilities understand dementia

Handbook produced by Foundation for People with Learning Disabilities provides guide to group sessions and visual prompts

Shared Lives schemes help people live more fulfilling lives, finds Shared Lives Plus

Shared Lives care bucks trend by growing as other services shrink

May 20,2015

14% increase in number of people using Shared Lives compares with 4% cut in overall number of users of council-commissioned care

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Stress and health problems among carers on the rise as care cuts take their toll

May 19,2015

Over half of carers have experienced depression and four in ten are cutting back on essentials to make ends meet, finds Carers UK

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The overall winner of the 2015 Inspiring Images of Social Care competition was submitted by Equal Arts, a charity delivering arts and older people’s projects in NE England

Inspiring Images of Social Care 2015: The winners

May 22,2015

These 12 winning images from Community Care's third annual charity photo competition will brighten your day

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Lessons for social work practice from people’s stories of poverty

May 21,2015

A recent report into poverty gives the lie to the stereotypes of 'scroungers' and 'skivers' and provides valuable learning for social workers, says Karen Postle

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Welsh Government funds £6.7m IT system to integrate health and social care

May 21,2015

The new system will support information sharing and case management between health and social care practitioners

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Supporting women with alcohol issues: what social workers need to know

May 20,2015

Problematic alcohol use among women is often associated with domestic or sexual abuse or self-harm and requires a tailored and sensitive response from practitioners, says Dr Patsy Staddon

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‘We need to support the frontline to think differently,’ says ADSS Cymru chief

May 19,2015

Torfaen Council’s Sue Evans talks about the challenges of implementing Wales’ social care reforms

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Social workers break away from council in order to innovate

May 18,2015

A group of social workers has requested to split off from their council and form a mutually-led social work practice, in order to put more focus on early intervention.
The Calderdale social workers, many of whom were newly qualified, asked…

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‘Inadequate’ Mental Capacity Act implementation leaving dementia patients unaware of legal rights

May 18,2015

Alzheimers' UK research finds professionals need improved training on the Mental Capacity Act, and the time to follow the legislation

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Care home managers’ pay on the rise despite continuing low pay for care assistants

May 14,2015

A report has found the gap between managers and frontline staff is widening- but is a good manager worth the investment?

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Carer Kemyn Whervin, who spoke at CC Live Birmingham 2015

‘What do I want from social workers? Build proper relationships and take more risks’

May 14,2015

Expert by experience Keymn Whervin shares her thoughts on what makes good and poor social care

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Cameron appoints Alistair Burt as care minister

May 12,2015

Burt will replace Liberal Democrat Norman Lamb as the lead on adult social care and mental health

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Deprivation of liberty safeguards caseloads rose ten-fold in year after Supreme Court ruling

May 12,2015

Figures indicate councils are running up backlogs of cases as less than half of applications have been completed

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How Community Care is supporting social care professionals

May 11,2015

Ruth Smith, content director at Community Care, explains the thinking behind Community Care’s rebrand, which launched today

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Stockton-on-Tees residents fight back over Benefits Street series

May 11,2015

Benefits Street series one featured residents living on James Turner Street, Birmingham and caused Channel 4 to be accused of making 'poverty porn'. Locals in Stockton-on-Tees, where series two is set, are determined to show another side to the story

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Welsh Government unveils ‘can and can only’ eligibility test for social care

May 11,2015

The new framework aims to reduce the number of people on care and support plans by improving access to preventative services.

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Social work needs to find a strong, collective voice. And fast.

May 8,2015

Comment: The election result signals profound changes to public services. Social work needs to be prepared to respond.

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David Cameron launched the Conservative party manifesto this morning. Photo: Tim Rooke/Rex

Conservative election victory signals deep cuts to social care

May 8,2015

Experts predict £30bn real term cuts will hit 'unprotected' departments, including social care

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