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CQC moves to shut two care homes over ‘serious lack’ of skilled staff

A whistle-blower who experienced bullying and harassment while working at Wirral Council after he tried to flag up a variety of abuses has received an undisclosed financial settlement, 5 years after he first blew the whistle. In 2008 social worker Martin Morton raised concerns about financial mismanagement in the council that was leading to the […]

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Wirral social care whistleblower says “there’s not enough money in the world” to make up for his family’s trauma

August 22,2014

Martin Morton blew the whistle on abuses in Wirral Council but five years on, he doesn't believe that much has changed

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‘Why social workers and families need much greater clarity about top-up fees for care homes

August 6,2014

Care Act 2014 guidance needs to spell out how councils should be monitoring top-ups as new research shows many are struggling to do so, says Andy Kaye

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Should care homes follow hospitals in setting safe staffing guidelines?

August 4,2014

A review of safe staffing levels in care homes is “overdue”, say sector leaders, 12 years on from the last analysis of the issue

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Southern Cross-style collapse in care home market cannot be ruled out, warns study

August 1,2014

Study for Care Quality Commission warns that high provider debts, local local authority fees and pay rises could lead to "financial crisis"

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Children’s homes must take responsibility for missing children, warn police

July 31,2014

Report warns missing incidents should affect care home's Ofsted rating after examining over 1,300 cases of missing people

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Children and adults missing from social care cost police millions, study reveals

July 31,2014

Graphic based on 1,300 cases of missing people in one local police area, examined by Portsmouth University

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Children’s directors hit back at damning report on state of residential child care

July 29,2014

Former ADCS president Andrew Webb accused children's homes of 'taking pot shots' at central and local government

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Former social work reform chief Moira Gibb appointed head of merged skills body

July 28,2014

Gibb appointed chair of Skills for Care and the National Skills Academy for Social Care, following merger

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Guidance issued on how providers can meet new care standards and avoid CQC action

July 28,2014

Care Quality Commission invites care providers to give feedback on guidance for meeting new health and social care regulations

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New laws for deprivation of liberty in supported living to be drafted by 2017

July 25,2014

Three-year review of system for authorising deprivation of liberty in settings not covered by Dols will get underway this summer

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Judge orders council to compensate provider for failing to provide ‘reasonable’ care home fee

July 24,2014

Mr Justice Norris specifies rates Newcastle council should have paid two Abbeyfield homes for period from 2010-2012

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No respite for care homes as council fee rates fall again

July 22,2014

The latest figure signals "dangerous trend" in falling council rates for care homes, says market analyst LaingBuisson

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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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Failing care services to be put in special measures

July 16,2014

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

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