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‘How the Care Bill must change to put social work at the heart of reformed care system’

As the Care Bill returns to Parliament, Bernard Walker explains how The College of Social Work intends to press for changes to the legislation that will ensure social workers play a leading role in its implementation.   The government’s decision to put individual well-being at the heart of the Care Bill  has the potential to […]

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‘The depressing failure of some social workers to follow the Mental Capacity Act’ – a lawyer’s view

Specialist solicitor Ian Cranefield says too many care professionals are taking decisions about vulnerable adults without properly assessing capacity or consulting them – in breach of the Mental Capacity Act’s principles. In recent months I have found it both depressing and intensely frustrating that some of the fundamental principles of Mental Capacity Act 2005 have […]

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Research into improving the use of mental capacity advocates in adult safeguarding

Access to independent mental capacity advocates (IMCA) for adults at risk of abuse is low and falling, warned the Department of Health in its annual report on IMCAs, published in February. It urged safeguarding adults co-ordinators to review the basis on which they referred people to IMCAs, and for practitioners in areas where referrals had […]

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Did anti-social work sentiment scupper power of entry in adult protection cases?

Charity Action on Elder Abuse (AEA) has written to minister Norman Lamb urging him to rethink the government’s rejection of a new power for social workers to enter people’s homes where abuse of a vulnerable adult is suspected but entry barred by a third party. Such a power, which campaigners want included in the Care […]

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Your Care Bill reading list

A while back I did a reading list on the draft Care and Support Bill, but that is now somewhat obsolete now the DCSB (as some people referred to it) has been superseded by the Care Bill. Where pieces linked to in the previous post are still relevant I’ve linked to them. Understanding the bill […]

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Safe staffing and ending the blame culture – can Obama adviser’s proposals for NHS work in social care?

Another day, another government-commissioned review into improving quality and safety in the NHS. Following in the footsteps of Robert Francis (February 2013), Camilla Cavendish (July 2013) and Bruce Keogh (July 2013) comes former Obama healthcare adviser Don Berwick’s report today on improving patient safety. (Please excuse the gratuitous picture of the President). Oh for a similar level […]

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‘The NHS must end culture of self-regulation and stop evading adult safeguarding’

Safeguarding board chair Pete Morgan responds to a post earlier this month on whether adult safeguarding practitioners are too soft on the NHS. He argues that this is the wrong question; rather, we must ask how some parts of the NHS manage to circumvent adult safeguarding procedures. As an adult safeguarding practitioner, I don’t think […]

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‘I’ve seen too many mental capacity and financial abuse cases end with no prosecution’

Issues surrounding the police’s ability to prosecute perpetrators of financial abuse against their relatives poses a dilemma for adult safeguarding professionals, writes social worker Samantha Toussaint  Research estimates that financial abuse will impact seven in 1,000 older people. This includes theft of money, possessions or property, fraud, embezzlement and extortion. Family members, according to the […]

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Are adult safeguarding practitioners too soft on the NHS?

  We seem to be talking more and more about the risks of poor care, bordering on neglect or even abuse, of vulnerable adults in the NHS, following the Francis inquiry report into Mid-Staffordshire NHS Foundation Trust. But adult safeguarding interventions are conspicuous by their absence in mainstream discussions about how you prevent or address […]

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Better social work, personalisation and joint working – how adult safeguarding can improve

Useful advice on improving adult safeguarding was issued this week by the Local Government Association (LGA), based on lessons from “peer challenges” of 12 local authorities since 2010. (A peer challenge is an assessment of a local authority by managers and councillors from other authorities, organised through the LGA and including up to five days […]

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