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Deprivation of liberty: Sign up for webinar to learn about proposed Dols replacement

Community Care webinar on 7 July will feature presentation from Tim Spencer-Lane from the Law Commission

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‘Social care can be complicated – but it may be wrong to create new rights’

May 26,2015

Let’s not ignore existing rights and make sure current laws work as they were intended, argues Toby Williamson

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20 activities to help people with learning disabilities understand dementia

May 20,2015

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

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Woman wins £27,000 payout over care package row between council and NHS

May 29,2015

Ombudsman investigation finds multiple failings in council and NHS support for vulnerable woman with mental health needs

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‘Next generation social care: What do e-markets mean for your practice?’

May 29,2015

Frontline staff can be key to making sure technology delivers radically different social care, writes Carys Roberts

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Care sector faces huge staff shortages as younger workers lured to NHS

May 28,2015

Research finds a lack of opportunities to progress is contributing to the exodus

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Government uses Queen’s speech to advance jail plans for social workers

May 27,2015

Police and criminal justice bill will introduce criminal offence of wilful neglect for professionals who fail to act on child protection concerns

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‘Councils need to get a better grip on Care Act duties to blind and partially sighted’

May 27,2015

Research findings on eligibility raises important questions for how local authorities transition to the new Act

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Social work students do not know what makes a difference to service users

May 26,2015

Social care consultant and service user, Clare Evans, argues social work education should be less theory based with more emphasis on values

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Councils set up ‘Amazon-style’ e-markets to meet Care Act duties

May 25,2015

Confidence of social workers and brokers will be key to ensuring sites deliver genuine choice for care users, says think-tank

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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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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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‘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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