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Practice example: the approved mental health professional as an advocate

Steve Matthews talks through a case he faced while on Approved Mental Health Professional duty…

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David Cameron’s mental health funding claims don’t stack up

November 5,2015

The lack of transparency around mental health investment is shocking at a time services are under strain

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Mental Health Act detentions rise by 10 per cent

October 23,2015

Figures from health and social care information centre also show that detentions to private hospitals rose 24% in 2014-15

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Councils still in funding crisis despite welcome recognition for adults’ social care

December 1,2015

Promises of a 2% council tax precept and more money for the Better Care Fund have been gratefully received, but sector leaders raise concerns this is too little too late

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How social workers are helping other professionals understand mental capacity

November 26,2015

Health professionals, among others, are often criticised for not grasping the Mental Capacity Act. Stef Lunn reveals how one project is turning this around with the help of two social workers and an advocate

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Pilot to open Court of Protection to the public

November 26,2015

The trial will test the risks and benefits of greater transparency in the court

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Missed our dementia care webinar? Watch it in your own time

November 24,2015

Community Care, in partnership with Unison, presents a practical webinar on caring for those with dementia in a home

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Children’s services could be hit by deprivation of liberty burden after High Court ruling

November 19,2015

A judge confirmed a local authority cannot consent to the deprivation of liberty of a child in its care

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Learning disabled people will get named social workers to ‘challenge’ NHS decisions

November 10,2015

Government commits to pilot scheme after green paper consultation but provokes anger for failing to take up legal reform proposals

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Last chance to take our radicalisation survey

November 5,2015

Adult, children and mental health social workers can take our survey which aims to understand how radicalisation is impacting the profession

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First drop in Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications since ‘Cheshire West’ ruling

November 3,2015

Figures show first quarterly fall in Dols applications since landmark Supreme Court ruling but councils still struggling with demand

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A child shouldn’t be at risk of serious self-harm before being accepted for counselling

November 3,2015

David Jones writes on Camhs and the impact seeing young people self-harm has had on him as a children's home worker

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‘Are we trying to “fix” the child?’: social work in an NHS team

November 2,2015

Bringing her social worker’s perspective to a clinical setting forces Rachel Sempija to reflect on anti-oppressive practice

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Learning disability units to close in £45m plan to shift care into community

October 30,2015

England's only remaining specialist learning disability hospital, Calderstones, will also close as part of the measures

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Councils use £25m Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards grant to boost assessor numbers

October 27,2015

Department of Health analysis shows local authorities have prioritised recruitment and training in spending one-off grant

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Reforming deprivation of liberty: the key debates social workers need to know about

October 23,2015

Community Care looks at four areas of the Law Commission's consultation paper that are generating most debate

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One week left to register for Community Care Live

October 21,2015

Community Care Live London is on 3 and 4 November and is set to be the biggest event yet.
Registrations are up by 50% and social workers from more than 130 local authorities are due to attend. There are also…

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Care minister in the dark over future funding of adult social care

October 19,2015

Alistair Burt tells sector leaders he will find out how social care will fare in government spending review when George Osborne delivers it

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Neglect contributed to death of Connor Sparrowhawk at NHS unit, finds jury

October 16,2015

Jury concludes series of "very serious failings" in care contributed to death of 18-year-old with learning disabilities and epilepsy who drowned after a seizure

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