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18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk died in July 2013

Family of Connor Sparrowhawk braced for inquest into his death at NHS unit

18-year-old man, who had learning disabilities and autism, was found dead in the bath at an assessment and treatment unit in July 2013

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Council criticised for failing to provide asylum-seeker with an independent advocate under the Care Act

September 30,2015

The judge in the case said the requirement for an advocate in the Care Act “could not be clearer”

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‘Critical’ threshold councils’ hopes of more Care Act funding hinge on government review

September 29,2015

Study will determine whether councils that ran ‘critical’ threshold prior to Care Act’s national eligibility threshold should be given extra cash

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First recorded fall in care home beds must trigger increased government funding say health consultants

October 2,2015

Local authority-funded care home places are disproportionately effected

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Inspiration for every day of the year with Community Care’s calendar

October 2,2015

Register today to receive a free copy of our inspiring images of social care calendar

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22-year-old Zahraa Adam was crowned Overall Social Worker of the Year at the 2014 ceremony. 
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Finalists announced for Social Worker of the Year Awards 2015

October 1,2015

The shortlist of finalists for the annual celebration of social work has now been unveiled

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40 per cent of 2014-15 Dols applications not signed off within the year

September 29,2015

Health and social care information centre report marks latest evidence of Supreme Court ruling's impact on caseloads

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Why tick boxes and score sheets trump gut instinct when assessing risk in social work

September 24,2015

Accurately predicting whether a client will cause harm in the future isn't all science fiction, you need to spend time getting to know them and carry out a good risk assessment, says Matt Bee

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Exceptional legal costs imposed on council in unlawful deprivation of liberty case

September 24,2015

Judge makes rare order for council to pay costs of family in case where it multiply breached human rights of woman following 'bungled' safeguarding investigation

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Workshop to help social workers support adults who choose to put themselves at risk

September 24,2015

Scie's Elaine Cass outlines what social work practitioners need to know when working with safeguarding situations where an individual appears to be choosing to put themselves at risk

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‘Slow start’ to implementation of Care Act duty to support prisoners with care needs

September 23,2015

Most prisons made 10 or fewer referrals to councils for prisoners with care needs in first three months of act's implementation, finds survey

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From employee to boss: What it means to quit the public sector for a staff-led company

September 23,2015

Oliver Cappleman of consultants Mutual Ventures looks at how staff from two care services fared when they left public sector control

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Care model behind TV documentary ‘Dementiaville’ showcased at CC Live

September 22,2015

The man behind the pioneering model of care for people with dementia will outline how it works and its benefits at November's event in London

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Enough is enough on social care cuts, sector tells government ahead of spending review

September 21,2015

Council chiefs, charities, providers and NHS make joint call for government to protect social care in forthcoming spending review

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Less residential care and more personal assistants – how councils have saved money in learning disability services

September 17,2015

Local Government Association report shows how councils have delivered savings by fostering greater independence among people with learning disabilities

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Social care spending dropped 8% under coalition

September 16,2015

Official figures show falling investment in social care despite NHS funding transfers

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Webinar on emotional resilience postponed due to illness

September 16,2015

Get practical advice and tips to survive the pressures of social work and improve your wellbeing

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The social workers defending the rights of refugees

September 16,2015

Social workers and trainees in Liverpool are playing a key role in the support offered by a leading asylum seeker support service

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Swamped at work and can’t decide what to prioritise? Take time out to make a cup of tea

September 14,2015

Being under pressure at work can make it hard to decide what comes first on the to-do list, so re-group with a cup of tea and learn to sweat the small stuff, advises Matt Bee

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