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Mentally unwell children refused care at a third of NHS ‘place of safety’ units

Restrictions on care for under-16s are ‘unacceptable’, says minister

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Early intervention on psychosis would save millions says charity report

April 10,2014

Rethink Mental Illness report says more than £50m a year could be saved in next five years by spending more on early help now

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Lamb: Social workers give ‘vital counterbalance’ to medical model of mental health care

April 9,2014

Minister says social workers have ‘critical’ role to play in improving mental health services

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Providers should make many more applications to authorise deprivations of liberty, says CQC

April 14,2014

Regulator issues advice to care providers on responding to landmark Supreme Court Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

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Court of Protection adds weight to social worker evidence in mental capacity assessments

April 4,2014

Court of Protection recognises social workers in revised COP3 form

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Government tells care services to end use of face-down restraint

April 3,2014

The Department of Health has issued guidelines to stop the intentional use of face-down restraint.
The guidelines, “Positive and proactive care: reducing the need for restrictive interventions”, make recommendations on how to cut the use of restraint and seclusion in…

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Review of Mental Health Act police powers launched

April 1,2014

Government to assess if section 135 and 136 are ‘fit for purpose, clear and workable’

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Funding for disability employment support schemes being misdirected, finds study

March 27,2014

Only a third of local authority and NHS funding for employment support schemes invested in evidence-based services

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Rise in complaints to ministers over access to mental health services

March 27,2014

Complaints about patient access, clinical practice and CAMHS all rose in 2013

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‘Lack of action’ on moving people out of Winterbourne-style institutions cannot continue, warns Lamb

March 20,2014

Minister’s comments follow latest figures showing 7% of learning disabled hospital patients on course to meet government target to move by June

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Supreme Court ruling heralds sharp rise in Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards cases

March 19,2014

Incapacitated people subject by state decision to continuous supervision and control without option to leave setting are deprived of their liberty, says landmark judgement

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Inspiring Images of Social Care: Enter our 2014 charity photo competition

March 19,2014

Celebrate the achievements of professionals and service users by submitting your ‘inspiring images’ for our second charity calendar

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Scrap Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards to end unlawful detentions of people in care, urge peers

March 13,2014

Government urged to replace Dols with new safeguards that will cover supported living by House of Lords inquiry into Mental Capacity Act

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Social work diary: ‘The loss of staff is seeing our team spread too thinly’

March 12,2014

A mental health social worker reflects on a challenging week of cuts, care and a rare opportunity to do some core social work…

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Mental health funding changes will put lives at risk, warn experts

March 12,2014

Move by NHS England and Monitor to impose higher cut in fees for mental health providers than acute counterparts will damage care, leading charities warn

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Thousands of people with mental health needs denied social care amid cuts

March 12,2014

Social workers warn early intervention support to maintain people’s mental health and boost recovery is being lost as thresholds tighten

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Rising caseloads and cuts hit acclaimed early intervention psychosis services

March 12,2014

Teenagers and young adults experiencing psychosis are facing ‘unacceptable waits’ for treatment, campaigners warn

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‘A burnt out social worker isn’t a good social worker. Employers must support under pressure staff’

March 10,2014

Employers and social workers both have roles to play in promoting staff wellbeing, writes Daisy Bogg of The College of Social Work

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Council to farm out social care services to deal with government cuts

March 10,2014

Council plans to outsource 25 children and adults services as part of £123m savings plan

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