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70,000 older people in significant need go without paid or unpaid care, finds study

An additional 160,000 pensioners report receiving inadequate care and 380,000 older carers receive no local authority support, finds report by Independent Age and the Strategic Society Centre

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Campaigners to produce guidance on safeguarding powers of entry due to ‘inadequate’ official advice

November 26,2014

Government-commissioned guidelines will not help social workers in handling cases where access to vulnerable adult is blocked by third party, warns charity

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Minister to consult on changing law to transform learning disability care post-Winterbourne

November 26,2014

Norman Lamb promises green paper on potential reforms early in 2015 as latest blueprint for change is published by NHS England

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Latest plan to end inappropriate learning disability care revealed, following failure to meet Winterbourne target

November 26,2014

NHS England says plan will lead to ‘radical’ change of services but experts question report’s lack of ‘concrete actions’

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How social workers can help housing staff safeguard adults

November 25,2014

All social housing providers must engage with adult safeguarding from April next year and social workers can help them, says Imogen Parry

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‘Community-led social work delivers creativity and person-centred working – and cuts costs’

November 24,2014

An initiative in which adult social work is mainly delivered through a community-led organisation could be the radical overhaul needed if practitioners are to work creatively with service users, says Rob Greig

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‘Disabled people need to be recognised as sexual beings’

November 24,2014

Disability doesn't take away a person's sexual identity. By supporting disabled people to have a healthy sex life, social care professionals will see the positive impact it can have, says Tuppy Owens

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Personalisation programme boosts quality of life and delivers financial savings, finds study

November 21,2014

Introduction of individual service funds has benefited people with learning disabilities, says evaluation of south London scheme

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Develop your social work career with Community Care’s Careers and Training Guide

November 20,2014

Find training courses and find out more about how to progress your social work career in our free 52-page Careers and Training Guide

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What social workers can learn from carers’ research ahead of new Care Act duties

November 20,2014

A study has found that family carers are often unaware of their rights to assessment and care. We talk to one of the lead researchers about the implication for practice.

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Adult social care bosses plan early warning system to flag struggling services

November 20,2014

Tool is one of a set of new sector-led improvement projects being developed by Towards Excellence in Adult Social Care partnership

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Employment rate falls for people with severe learning disabilities or mental health needs

November 19,2014

Department of Health report on adult social care outcomes framework highlights issues with employment support for the two groups

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How is stress impacting the UK’s social workers?

November 19,2014

Help Community Care highlight how stress is affecting social workers by taking part in our anonymous survey

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Confusion for social workers as judge urges Supreme Court to reconsider deprivation of liberty stance

November 18,2014

Judge says mentally incapacitated people should not be considered deprived of their liberty in their own home if they are physically incapable of leaving

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‘Streamlined’ system for court authorisations of deprivation of liberty comes into force

November 17,2014

New process will allow court to make initial decisions on cases on paper evidence alone without the need for an oral hearing

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Best interests assessor numbers in Wales to be boosted by £137,000 training fund

November 17,2014

Cash injection is direct response to Supreme Court ruling in March that triggered a nine-fold hike in deprivation of liberty safeguards cases

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It’s not good enough for a council to say it cannot guarantee same sex carers

November 17,2014

Local government ombudsman has criticised Warwickshire council for failing to provide a disabled woman with adequate care

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College of Social Work chair Jo Cleary

College calls on government to set up adult social work innovation fund

November 17,2014

Equivalent to £130m children's services innovation fund needed to ensure adult social work 'not left behind', says College chair

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Winterbourne plan boosted by trebling in number of learning disabled people due to leave hospital

November 14,2014

Most service users placed in hospitals now have date to move into community placement, boosting policy to end inappropriate placements, reveals NHS England figures

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