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Failing care services to be put in special measures

Model to improve failing NHS trusts will be extended to social care

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Stark ‘home truths’ on state of residential child care revealed in damning report

July 21,2014

Sector is “under-estimated, under-valued and under-funded", warns the Independent Children's Homes Association

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A better life for older people with high support needs

July 18,2014

The winners of Community Care’s Inspiring Social Care Images competition are championing a better quality of life for older people

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Government adviser urges more government support for social worker-led services

July 18,2014

Julian Le Grand calls for more staff-led mutuals in adult services as government review recommends their use in integrated health and social care

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Government plans to tackle zero-hours contract abuse ‘do not go far enough’, warns union

June 25,2014

Ban on exclusivity clauses will do little to address exploitation of social care workers, say critics

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MPs backs ‘negative register’ of care workers in wake of abuse scandals

June 18,2014

Commons health committee says system would 'offer far greater protection' to service users

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Baroness Sally Greengross, chair of the All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia

MPs and peers call for new national dementia strategy

June 18,2014

All Party Parliamentary Group on Dementia says new plan should improve post-diagnosis support

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Strike at Barnet disability service postponed after ACAS talks

June 17,2014

Unison and Your Choice Barnet agree to delay strike and pay cut pending further discussions

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Government to outlaw wilful neglect and ill-treatment of adults in social care

June 11,2014

Staff could face jail terms of up to five years and organisations could face fines under offence, which could come into force in 2015

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Home care

Councils urged to consider barring providers from contracts if they breach minimum wage law

June 6,2014

Care Act 2014 statutory guidance sets out commissioning standards for local authorities

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Care home commissioning overhaul improved council’s relationship with providers, finds study

June 5,2014

Evaluation of My Home Life Essex project also finds leadership course for care home managers improved care

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A scene from the BBC Panorama programme exposing abuse at Winterbourne View in 2011

Why we should bring a ‘hate crime’ perspective to abuse in care settings

May 28,2014

Hate crime pathways can play a key preventative role in health and social care, argues Dr Chih Hoong Sin

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Care workers should be registered and licensed, recommends Labour review

May 15,2014

Baroness Kingsmill's review into the exploitation of care workers makes six recommendations, including more regulation and better pay

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Woman arrested on suspicion of assaulting care home resident following BBC programme

May 6,2014

Provider sacks six more care workers following exposure of ill-treatment of residents at The Old Deanery home by Panorama

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Not just a funny turn: what social care staff need to know about mini-strokes

May 6,2014

Care staff need to be able to identify the signs of a mini-stroke among service users to ensure they get the rapid treatment they need

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Care worker sacked after BBC exposes neglect at Essex home

April 30,2014

The Old Deanery Care Home in Braintree launches investigation after BBC Panorama report discovers poor care

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A step-by-step guide to helping people with learning disabilities leave hospital placements

April 29,2014

With slow progress on moving people into community settings post-Winterbourne, provider United Response has produced a checklist to help professionals achieve change

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