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‘Unsafe’ care trust draws criticism from the CQC

The trust had failed to consider safety hazards in its child and adolescent mental health ward

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Lib Dem manifesto promises to ‘radically transform’ mental health services

April 15,2015

Party also would fully integrate health and social care and introduce statutory code of conduct for care workers

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15 tips for implementing personal budgets in mental health

April 13,2015

New briefing paper from Think Local Act Personal draws on learning from local authority leaders

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Find your inner legal eagle at Community Care Live 2015

April 27,2015

Community Care Live 15’s legal clinics are set to help social workers get to grips with the latest developments in legislation

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Deprivation of liberty: Law Commission eyes ‘simpler’ system to protect rights

April 22,2015

Reforms will look to strike right balance by offering 'less cumbersome scheme' that retains effective safeguards

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Election 2015: What would the main parties do for social work?

April 17,2015

A simple breakdown of the five main parties' biggest and most eye-catching plans for social care and social work

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UKIP leader, Nigel Farage, launched his party's manifesto this morning. Photo: Simon Ford/REX

UKIP would seek wholesale reform of Britain’s “clearly failing” child protection services, if elected

April 15,2015

In its manifesto published today, UKIP also pledged to abolish Monitor and the Care Quality Commission if it wins the general election

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Deprivation of liberty: 27 case examples to help social workers comply with landmark ruling

April 9,2015

List of cases issued as part of guidance drawn up by Law Society to help handle practical implications of last year's 'Cheshire West' ruling

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Government sounds third warning over lack of mental capacity advocacy referrals for safeguarding

April 2,2015

Referral rates too low compared to numbers of safeguarding cases, says Department of Health annual report on IMCA service, echoing previous two reports

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Government finds extra funds to help manage Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards pressures

March 27,2015

£25m falls well short of local authority demands but will help manage caseload pressures triggered by Cheshire West judgement

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Lamb: Why we are providing £25m to help staff deliver the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

March 27,2015

One-off investment for 2015-16 will help local authorites use Dols to protect rights of vulnerable people, says care minister

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Mental health staffing problems linked to ward suicides

March 24,2015

Research on suicides of patients under observation raises concerns about dependence on inexperienced and agency staff

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First ever substance misuse framework for social workers launches

March 23,2015

The national substance misuse guidance sets out what social workers at every stage of their career should know

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‘Staff are firefighting, service users suffer’: views on the mental health funding shortage

March 20,2015

Social workers, psychiatrists and mental health campaigners give their take on news of mental health funding cuts

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‘You work with a constant sense of anxiety because you can’t do your job properly’

March 20,2015

A mental health social worker reveals the impact an under resourced mental health system has on frontline staff

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Mental health trust funding down 8% from 2010 despite coalition’s drive for parity of esteem

March 20,2015

Research suggests that NHS trusts' income for mental health services has dropped by 8.2% over past five years despite rising demand

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards cases in Wales hit record high in run-up to landmark ruling

March 17,2015

Applications rose by 20% in 2013-14 but will have increased even further in wake of Supreme Court ruling in ‘Cheshire West’ case

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Mental health social work fast-track scheme backed by £1.6m of government funding

March 16,2015

Care minister says the Think Ahead scheme will help bring “very best people” into social work

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Vulnerable children detained in police cells as ‘substitute’ for health and social care

March 10,2015

Review finds local authorities failing to meet statutory duties to accommodate children and raises concerns over AMHP delays

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