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Social care seen as “last resort” by South Asian communities, finds study

Research highlights need for social care services to adapt to support older people from Pakistani and Bangladeshi communities

Source: BBC News

Why eligibility thresholds are a poor guide to the generosity of the care system

September 15,2014

The news that nine out of ten councils exclude people with ‘low’ or ‘moderate’ needs from support does not tell the full story on access to care

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Men treated as ‘genderless’ by social care services, finds study

September 12,2014

Gendered needs around personal care, sexuality and social opportunities not addressed in assessments and support plans, finds research

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A guide to social services regulation and inspection reforms in Wales

September 16,2014

The way social care staff and services are regulated in Wales is about to change. Here we set out the reforms and how they compare with changes in England

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Support workers are key to helping learning disabled people form fruitful and safe relationships

September 11,2014

The line between respecting privacy and failing to prevent harm is a fine line, and knowing when to cross it is vital in all care settings

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Inspiring social care image captures “moment of affection”

September 10,2014

The positive relationship between support worker and service user is clear in a winning image from Community Care's photography competition

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Deprivation of liberty: Social workers, lawyers and carers on the impact of a landmark Supreme Court ruling

September 9,2014

Community Care gets feedback on how the 'Cheshire West' ruling is impacting across the social care system

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‘Why social care for people with learning disabilities must be a 2015 election issue’

September 9,2014

Good quality social care can be vital to people with learning disabilities but too many are being let down by the system, writes Mencap's CEO

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Government orders review of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

September 8,2014

Move comes just three months after officials insisted that there was 'no fundamental flaw' in Dols scheme

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DH moves to tighten scrutiny of best interests assessor training standards

September 5,2014

Officials plan for The College of Social Work to take on oversight of BIA programmes, Community Care understands

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Transfer of social work to ‘lead providers’ mooted as solution to care market failures

September 5,2014

Big providers should be given long-term responsibility for full range of older people's services through performance-based contracts, says market analysts Laing Buisson

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Details of integrated health and social care personal budgets scheme revealed

September 4,2014

NHS England invites local areas to take part in three-year 'integrated personal commissioning' programme starting from April 2015

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‘We need a whistleblowing system that staff have confidence in’

September 4,2014

Failures in our whistleblowing system too often punish those who raise concerns, writes ex-social services director Blair McPherson

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‘We often fail to acknowledge care work and the tremendous skill required to support people’

September 4,2014

Clare Pelham explains why the Demos Commission on Residential Care wants all care workers to be recognised with a license to practice

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Social worker of the year: ‘We need to support each other through the difficult times’

September 4,2014

Last year's Social Worker of the Year says she couldn't have survived her 42-year long career without the support of "equally committed" colleagues

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Make social care free at point of use for critical needs, says commission

September 4,2014

King's Fund's Barker Commission says split between funding systems for NHS and social care is unfair and must end

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‘Residential care was and still is a positive option for our mum’

September 3,2014

One woman’s successful transition from home to care home inspires another winning image from Community Care’s social care photography competition

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards caseloads rose 10% ahead of Supreme Court ruling

September 3,2014

Official figures show applications were rising prior to Supreme Court ruling in March that has triggered a surge in cases

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Licence to practice for care workers will improve status of the profession, says Demos Commission

September 3,2014

The think tank's Commission on Residential Care also recommends the introduction of the living wage and a new name for the sector

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