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How ‘personal passports’ help our fostering social work

I recently spent the day with social workers employed by the charity Quarriers. The team provides family-based short break support for children with disabilities. I’ve written up a couple of pieces about the challenges of their jobs and the remote rural area they work in. But I also thought it would be useful to share […]

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Independent social work; Autism; Adoption; Munro

After an eye-opening few days shadowing social workers (more on that soon), it’s back to business as usual. Here’s a quick spin around this week’s social care news.  Yesterday’s big story: An Oxford university study has found independent social workers do not delay family court proceedings and add considerable value in complex cases. This is, of course, contrary […]

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Art competition launched for autistic young people

If you know or work with an autistic young person why not encourage them to enter the Create! Art for Autism 2012 competition, launching later today. It’s open to any 11-25-year-old, from anywhere in the UK, who has been formally diagnosed with an autistic spectrum condition, including Asperger’s syndrome. There are four main categories – […]

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Essex children’s services no longer failing; Mothers of disabled children share their experiences; Care cases take 55 weeks on average, reveals latest data

Morning all. Here’s another quick round-up of today’s news, views and interesting things, starting with good news for Essex council’s children’s services department which has been released from two years’ of government supervision after making improvements. The latest court statistics, published today by the Ministry of Justice, have revealed care proceedings took 55 weeks, on […]

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School for autistic children launches innovative programme to launch pupils into adulthood

By Megan Lloyd, curriculum manager at TreeHouse School, a school for children who have a diagnosis of autism based in Muswell Hill in North LondonMany young people with autism face a stark choice when they leave school: stay at home with their families or go into residential care with people much older. The latest figures […]

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Autism campaigner Temple Grandin visits London school

Last week, American autism campaigner Dr. Temple Grandin visited Ambitious about Autism and TreeHouse School in north London.Grandin said: “It has been a wonderful experience to visit Ambitious about Autism and TreeHouse School and see the work done to support children and young people with autism. It is important to identify children with autism when they […]

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NHS needs to improve autism services for under-18s

The National Institute for Health and Clinical Excellence (NICE) has drawn up a draft of clinical guidance saying the NHS needs to improve how it diagnoses autism in children and teenagers.The guidance says at least 1 in 100 children under the age of three years has an autism spectrum disorder (ASD), but levels of understanding […]

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Lib Dem conference 2010: Autism: Cocktails and conversations

Could autism be in danger of slipping off the agenda under plans for GP consortia? This was just one of the concerns expressed at a networking session organised by The National Autistic Society at the Lib Dem 2010 conference here in Liverpool.  One psychiatrist was worried that autism won’t be a core issue for GP […]

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