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Archive | June, 2011

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Magna Carta lives on in deprivation of liberty safeguards cases

by Allan Norman, Principal Social Worker & Solicitor at Celtic Knot (www.celticknot.org.uk), an independent law firm and social work practice. No freeman shall be taken or imprisoned, or disseised of his freehold, or liberties, or free customs, or outlawed, or exiled, or any otherwise destroyed; nor will we not pass upon him, nor condemn him, […]

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Munro child protection report lacks a truly scientific basis

by Michael Fitzpatrick GPProfessor Eileen Munro’s report on child protection in England aims to shift the focus of child protection services from “doing things right” (the preoccupation with bureaucratic procedure) to “doing the right thing” (providing effective help for families).She insists it is important to “minimise dependency and empower families”, but I am sceptical as […]

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Lessons of Birmingham judgement: when councils don’t grasp their statutory duties

by social care consultant Colin SlasbergPerhaps the most striking feature of the High Court judgement in May relating to Birmingham’s decision to reduce eligibility for care from substantial and critical to critical only – and the key reason why it was judged unlawful – was that cabinet members did not know what the change meant […]

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Steven Neary: the lessons are not complicated or new

by Allan Norman, Principal Social Worker & Solicitor at Celtic Knot (www.celticknot.org.uk), an independent law firm and social work practice. The Court of Protection says Hillingdon Council got its deprivation of liberty safeguards exercise hopelessly wrong in Steven Neary’s case. If we can persuade ourselves that the lessons are new or complex, or technical lessons […]

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“There does not need to be a finite absolute mathematical link” between payment and need

by Allan Norman, Principal Social Worker & Solicitor at Celtic Knot (www.celticknot.org.uk), an independent law firm and social work practice. ..says the Court of Appeal yesterday, rejecting the appeal of KM from a decision of Cambridgeshire Council. The central question: in adult community care, do you need to show how the cash figure you come […]

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Are Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards still relevant?

by Allan Norman, Principal Social Worker & Solicitor at Celtic Knot (www.celticknot.org.uk), an independent law firm and social work practice. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards seem to have received unprecedented scrutiny in recent days, with the judgement of the Court of Protection in Steven Neary’s case yesterday following hard on critiques of whether the safeguards applied at […]

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Former learning disability tsar on how to avoid another Winterbourne View

By Rob Greig, chief executive of the National Development Team for Inclusion and former government national director for learning disabilities Why do we have such difficulty in learning from the past? Only a few years ago the Cornwall and Sutton abuse scandals led to significant action to prevent the abuse of people with learning disabilities […]

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Personalisation was oversold, time to scale it back

by Blair McPherson It has been the buzz word in social work and adult social care for at least the last three years. Personalisation was to be the vehicle for transforming Adult Social Services. The idea was simple enough - just give people who had a disability money to buy their own support services rather than […]

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