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Mental health bed pressures making AMHP role ‘untenable’, warns BASW

Problems accessing hospital care for acutely unwell people leading to ‘potentially dangerous’ care, social workers warn.

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How mental health teams that are key to crisis prevention have been cut back

September 9,2014

Chief medical officer’s report highlights real-terms cuts to assertive outreach, crisis teams and early intervetion services

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Podcast: A crash course for social workers on changes to the Mental Health Act code of practice

August 27,2014

A 10 minute guide to some of the key changes to the code of practice and some concerns that have been raised by practitioners

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‘Why I’m retiring from social work to fight the cuts damaging our service’

September 22,2014

Social worker Terry Skyrme explains why, after 42 years as a social worker, the time is right to step down

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‘We should welcome this Supreme Court ruling- it enshrines social work values in law’

September 12,2014

Mental Capacity Act lead Ian Burgess on how Calderdale Council are responding to the landmark 'Cheshire West' deprivation of liberty ruling

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Inspiring social care image captures “moment of affection”

September 10,2014

The positive relationship between support worker and service user is clear in a winning image from Community Care's photography competition

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Entering care is an opportunity to evaluate a child’s emotional well-being and improve their mental health

September 10,2014

The NSPCC's Louise Balzagette looks at recent research into looked-after children's mental health and its practical messages for social work

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Deprivation of liberty: Social workers, lawyers and carers on the impact of a landmark Supreme Court ruling

September 9,2014

Community Care gets feedback on how the 'Cheshire West' ruling is impacting across the social care system

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Government orders review of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

September 8,2014

Move comes just three months after officials insisted that there was 'no fundamental flaw' in Dols scheme

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DH moves to tighten scrutiny of best interests assessor training standards

September 5,2014

Officials plan for The College of Social Work to take on oversight of BIA programmes, Community Care understands

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards caseloads rose 10% ahead of Supreme Court ruling

September 3,2014

Official figures show applications were rising prior to Supreme Court ruling in March that has triggered a surge in cases

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Better ‘ordinary care’ will improve mental health of looked-after children, finds NSPCC

September 3,2014

NSPCC literature review warns UK lacks proven models for selecting, training, supervising and quality-assuring carers and staff

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CQC report highlights impact of mental health bed pressures on patient care

August 22,2014

Wide-ranging inspection report shows how high occupancy levels impacting patient and staff

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Lamb: Children’s mental health system ‘not fit for purpose’

August 20,2014

Minister says NHS England and Department of Health taskforce will ‘find best solution’ to service failures

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Adult services director: ‘It’s impossible to deal with a ten-fold increase in workload overnight’

August 13,2014

Solihull council's director of adult services tells us how the council is responding to a surge in deprivation of liberty cases

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How one council hopes a dedicated Dols team can help manage surge in cases

August 13,2014

Barnsley council explain their strategy to tackling a hike in cases triggered by landmark 'Cheshire West' court ruling

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Children facing ‘unacceptable’ delays for mental health care, say council leaders

August 13,2014

Council leaders believe only overhaul of children's mental health system can now ensure improvement

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Social workers pulled from casework to clear backlog in deprivation of liberty referrals

August 13,2014

Warning that scramble for BIAs to cope with surge in referrals in wake of court ruling risks depleting social work teams

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‘Streamlined deprivation of liberty process risks rubber-stamping local authority decisions’

August 11,2014

Sector reaction to plans to 'fast-track' the Court of Protection process for handling deprivation of liberty cases

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