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Bed shortages and poor ward environments blighting mental health services, finds CQC

Feedback from first wave of mental health inspections identifies poor care that ‘would not be acceptable’ in physical health services

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Social work on an eating disorders unit: ‘It was so powerful to see the girl leave hospital and start dreaming again’

October 15,2014

Community Care spends the day with a social worker in a specialist eating disorders team

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How specialist social workers are supporting deaf children with mental health issues

October 15,2014

Community Care spends the day with a social worker from the NHS’s national deaf CAMHS service

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Children living with parental alcohol abuse are being missed by system, report finds

October 20,2014

A children's commissioner report has found children living with parental alcohol misuse are falling through the cracks

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‘I’ll never forget the social worker who stuck with me when I was at my lowest’

October 20,2014

Ian Callaghan is using 25 years' experience of using mental health services to improve care. The kindness of staff, he says, is key.

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Social worker Mike Wheeler (All photos by Charlie Milligan)

‘The balance between risks and rights is key to forensic social work’

October 15,2014

Community Care gets an insight into social workers' role in one of the most stigmatised areas of mental health care

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Mental health social work with deaf adults: ‘I’ve learnt so much working in this service’

October 15,2014

Community Care hears about life as a social worker in one of England's specialist mental health services for deaf adults

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On world mental health day – five insights into social work’s role in the sector

October 10,2014

Some of our most popular articles from the past year on social work in mental health

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‘The rush to boost best interests assessor numbers must not lead to substandard training’

October 8,2014

The current rush to train best interests assessors must not lead to substandard courses being provided, writes Keith Brown

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Clegg reveals £120m funding boost and first waiting targets for mental health services

October 8,2014

Waiting targets for talking therapies and early intervention in psychosis will be introduced from April 2015

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‘An arts centre is a perfect base for us to offer social support for wellbeing’

October 1,2014

The team from the Creative Alternatives project in Sefton explain a bit about their work - in pictures.

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Half of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards cases breaching legal timescales

October 1,2014

Experts have welcomed a Supreme Court ruling's extension of key human rights safeguards but councils are struggling to meet demand

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‘The simple idea that has shaken adult social care to its foundations’

October 1,2014

Six months on from a landmark Supreme Court ruling on deprivation of liberty, legal researcher Lucy Series analyses its impact

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Six ways councils are trying to combat a shortage of best interests assessors

October 1,2014

We look at strategies councils are taking to boost BIA capacity to meet a surge in deprivation of liberty cases

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The best interests assessor: ‘We need the resources to make this massively positive Dols ruling a reality’

October 1,2014

A best interests assessor gives their take on how the 'Cheshire West' ruling is impacting frontline staff

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A lawyer’s view on the legal risks to councils from breaching Dols case timescales

October 1,2014

Jess Flanagan, associate solicitor and mental capacity law expert, gives her view on the significance of timescale breaches

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‘The Supreme Court Dols ruling was right but an impossible workload is diluting advocacy’

October 1,2014

An independent mental capacity advocate reflects on the impact of a landmark Supreme Court ruling on deprivation of liberty in care

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‘I don’t see any signs that the government views the Dols as a priority’

October 1,2014

A social worker involved in deprivation of liberty safeguards work shares his experiences of the six months post-Cheshire West

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‘My partner’s growing Dols workload is pushing her to exhaustion’

October 1,2014

One BIA shares his personal experience of the increased strain on deprivation of liberty safeguards teams

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