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Deprivation of liberty: Law Commission eyes ‘simpler’ system to protect rights

Reforms will look to strike right balance by offering ‘less cumbersome scheme’ that retains effective safeguards

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Councils breaching legal limits on disabled facilities grant timescales and driving up care costs, warns charity

April 21,2015

Spending on housing adaptations not keeping up with demand and may be cut back as result of Better Care Fund, warns Leonard Cheshire Disability

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Decisions to safeguard adults with learning disabilities can make them less safe

April 21,2015

Being vigilant about abuse and acting when it happens mustn’t be used to justify unnecessary restrictive decisions that pass themselves off as prevention, says Bob Tindall

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Home care training gaps risk ‘fatal consequences’ for service users, says Unison

April 23,2015

Union finds more than 1,000 care workers have not received proper training in dementia, administering medication or personal care tasks

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SNP manifesto calls for more money for carers and halt to welfare cuts

April 21,2015

The Scottish National Party also calls for welfare decisions to be devolved to the Scottish Parliament

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Election 2015: What would the main parties do for social work?

April 17,2015

A simple breakdown of the five main parties' biggest and most eye-catching plans for social care and social work

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Building ‘sustainable’ social care workforce must be priority, says new ADASS chief

April 17,2015

Ray James also calls for protected funding for social care

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UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, launched his party's manifesto this morning. Photo: Simon Ford/REX

UKIP would seek wholesale reform of Britain’s “clearly failing” child protection services, if elected

April 15,2015

In its manifesto published today, UKIP also pledged to abolish Monitor and the Care Quality Commission if it wins the general election

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Lib Dem manifesto promises to ‘radically transform’ mental health services

April 15,2015

Party also would fully integrate health and social care and introduce statutory code of conduct for care workers

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Got a burning question on social care? Ask the experts at Community Care Live

April 14,2015

This year's 'Question Time' panellists have backgrounds in children's social work, adult safeguarding, service regulation and the media

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‘Abolishing zero-hours contracts will create less control and continuity for service users’

April 14,2015

We must examine the use of flexible contracts in social care before making snap decisions that could damage our shared vision for the people we support, writes Barry Sweetbaum

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Baby P film and adult social work TV series among BAFTA nominations

April 14,2015

Channel 4's '15,000 kids and counting' series on adoption social work is also up for award

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Conservatives pledge to create regional adoption agencies

April 14,2015

The Conservative Party manifesto has vowed to continue adoption reforms started in coalition

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Green Party leader Natalie Bennett launched the party's manifesto this morning. Photo: Rex

Green Party pledges free social care for older people

April 14,2015

Party manifesto also pledges £900m to pay foster carers a wage and to treat emotional abuse of children "on a par" with physical abuse

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Labour leader Ed Miliband launched the Labour manifesto this morning. Photo: Joel Goodman/LNP/REX

Labour pledges to avoid ‘extreme’ social care cuts

April 13,2015

A Labour government would also ban zero-hours contracts in move party claims ‘will improve working lives of care workers’

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Health and social care have clients in common but not cultures

April 9,2015

Plymouth Council has pooled its entire social care budget with the local NHS and transferred all of its adult social care workforce to a community health provider in a drive to develop integrated services.
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Tour de Care Act: Social worker cycles 85 miles to spread word about reforms

April 8,2015

Social worker Kate Linhart embarked on a two wheeled tour of services in Hertfordshire to raise awareness of the Care Act

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‘Care staff are working 80 hour weeks and still struggling to live’

April 7,2015

A care worker reflects on why adequate pay, training and support are needed for the adult social care workforce

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One day left to enter our 2015 Inspiring Images of Social Care competition

April 2,2015

Submit your photo and you might be featured in next year's charity calendar

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