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Councils step up support for mental health social workers

‘Social work for better mental health’ project will be piloted in eight areas

The fast track scheme trains social workers to get into mental health. Photo: Ikon Images/REX Shuttershock

Fast-track social work scheme seeks organisation to evaluate its impact

January 29,2016

Evaluation of Think Ahead will assess its impact in training mental health social workers through similar approach to Frontline children’s scheme

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Mental health support for abused children too difficult to access, survey finds

January 27,2016

An NSPCC survey found 96% of professionals working with children felt there were not enough child and adolescent mental health services in their area

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Social work fast-track schemes: what we do and don’t know

February 3,2016

Fast-track training schemes will produce a quarter of all new children's social workers by 2018 but what's the impact of such rapid expansion?

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‘Why the principles of Bournewood and Cheshire West must shape Dols reform’

January 19,2016

The Department of Health's response to Law Commission proposals to reform the law on deprivation of liberty misses crucial points, says Gary FitzGerald

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Supreme Court ruling triggers 16-fold rise in deprivation of liberty cases in Wales

January 15,2016

Welsh care regulator questions whether services have sufficient staff to cope with surge

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Withdrawing social workers from NHS will ‘boost Care Act compliance’, claims council

January 8,2016

Somerset council believes pulling social care staff out of integrated NHS mental health teams would allow 'greater emphasis on prevention'

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Social work hero: ‘His contribution is often undervalued but I am always impressed’

January 7,2016

James Coyne, from Southend, always ensures he is able to communicate with adults with learning disabilities

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2015 Social Worker of the Year Helen Pye (centre) has made 'crucial' improvements to FCAMHS in South Yorkshire. 
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Social worker of the year shows profession’s value in forensic mental health service

January 7,2016

Helen Pye was crowned 2015 Mental Health Social Worker of the Year and Overall Social Worker of the Year for her ‘crucial’ role in championing the contribution of social work in a health environment

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‘Lessons from the Southern Health report go beyond the NHS – social work must step up’

December 22,2015

We can’t claim to be a profession if we don’t speak up and make a difference, write Mark Harvey and Rob Mitchell

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The top 20 social care stories of 2015

December 21,2015

The year as defined by the most read stories on Community Care

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‘A failure of leadership’: official report’s verdict on NHS trust’s scrutiny of deaths

December 17,2015

NHS-England commissioned report finds Southern Health investigated 'too few' mental health or learning disability deaths

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MPs call for urgent action on foetal alcohol spectrum disorder

December 17,2015

Report says it could be argued that adoption has become “predominantly a family finding service for children with FASD”

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Proposed deprivation of liberty reforms ‘too complex and costly’, says government

December 15,2015

Department of Health issues critical response to Law Commission’s draft proposals for a deprivation of liberty safeguards replacement

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18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk died in July 2013 at a Southern Health unit

How not to respond to criticism of your health or care organisation

December 14,2015

Southern Health's response to a highly-critical report suggests the organisation has learned too little from past mistakes

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Animals and social care: send us your pictures

December 11,2015

We know Christmas can be a stressful time for those in social care. People’s needs seem to increase just at the same time as most people take their holidays. Not to mention all that frantic last minute gift and turkey…

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A social worker whose empathy delivers hope: this week’s hero

December 11,2015

Ramadam Ahmeti, in Kent's south coast community mental health team, never lets a diagnoses interfere with his focus on the individual

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The 10 strangest animals that are making a difference in social care

December 11,2015

Animal-assisted therapy isn't all about dogs and horses

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18-year-old Connor Sparrowhawk died in July 2013 at a Southern Health unit

NHS trust investigated ‘too few’ deaths of mental health and learning disability patients

December 9,2015

NHS-commissioned review warns lack of scrutiny by Southern Health NHS trust left missed opportunities to learn from deaths

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