So what do you know?


1.  Which airline was told that its practice of charging
disabled passengers for the use of wheelchairs was

a) Easyjet
b) British Airways
c) Ryanair

2.  What were revealed as rewards given to social services
employees by various councils following the 2003 star

a) £2.50
b) a packet of biscuits
c) an extra day’s holiday


3.  What did children’s minister Margaret Hodge describe
as a “hiccup”?

a) a proposal in Every Child Matters
b) Children’s Fund budget confusion
c) her appointment as a minister

4.  What was criticised for being institutionally

a) mental health services
b) social services
c) the Conservative party


5. What was published on 4 March?

a) Draft Charities Bill
b) Children Bill
c) Draft Disability Discrimination Bill

6.  What was said to offer “little concrete hope of
speedier, more effective treatment”?

a) the alcohol misuse strategy
b) the Mental Health Bill
c) the privatisation of hospitals


7.  What came into force on 1 April?

a) the Disability Discrimination Act
b) new codes of practice for social workers
c) the Commission for Social Care Inspection

8.  Michael Bichard is…

a) A new home office minister
b) The chair of the Ian Huntley inquiry
c) The chair of the Victoria ClimbiŽ inquiry


9.  On what issue did community care minister Stephen
Ladyman tell social workers “don’t be afraid of saying the

a) social workers’ salaries
b) their vision of adult services
c) their view of the government’s performance in social care

10.The government lost its appeal against three High Court
rulings. What was the issue?

a) people with continuing care needs being charged for
b) former in-patients in psychiatric hospitals having to pay for
their aftercare
c) asylum seekers’ human rights


11.  Who was appointed as chief executive of the Children
and Family Court Advisory and Support Service?

a) Anthony Douglas
b) Judy Weleminsky
c) Baroness Pitkeathley

12.  Which bill enables people to make living

a) the Mental Incapacity Bill
b) the Mental Capacity Bill
c) the Living Choice Bill


13.  What does Pova stand for?

a) protection of vulnerable adults
b) participation of vulnerable adults
c) perception of vulnerable adults

14.  Community Care’s Back on Track campaign was intended
to improve the lot of which group of service users?:

a) drug misusers
b) young offenders
c) asylum seekers


15.  Who was banned from child protection work for three

a) David Southall
b) Roy Meadow
c) Lisa Arthurworrey

16.  West Sussex Council was not happy about supporting a
group of people from Diego Garcia and wanted the government to
provide extra resources for them. Where is Diego

a) Indian Ocean
b) The Caribbean
c) Pacific Ocean


17. What was published in September that critics fear
will damage the trust between doctors and patients?

a) hospital waiting list statistics
b) the Mental Health Bill
c) new guidance on the prescribing of medication

18. How many standards are contained in the National
Service Framework for Children, Young People and Maternity

a) 5
b) 8
c) 11


19.  Who lost her claim for unfair dismissal against
Haringey Council over her role in the handling of the Victoria
Climbie case?

a) Carole Baptiste
b) Lisa Arthurworrey
c) Angella Mairs

20. In what way has the role of the children’s commissioner
been watered down?

a) the focus on children’s rights has been taken away
b) a politician will carry out the role
c) the role was removed from the Children Act


21. How many social services departments received three
stars in the 2004 star ratings?

a) 20
b) 31
c) 14

22.  What proportion of social workers in England applied
for registration with the General Social Care Council by the 1
December deadline?

a) almost all
b) half
c) one third


23. On what topic did the National Institute for
Clinical Excellence produce guidelines?

a) depression and anxiety
b) eating disorders
c) self-harm

24. Health secretary John Reid announced an additional
£100m of funding for services for…

a) children
b) older people
c) disabled people


1 c) Ryanair. Bob Ross, who has cerebral palsy
and arthritis, was charged £18 to use a wheelchair when he
flew out of Stansted airport in March 2002 and again on his return
the following month. A judge ruled that Ryanair was required to
make a “reasonable adjustment” for Ross under the Disability
Discrimination Act 1995 by providing him with a free

2 All of them. Workers at Wandsworth Council were
told they could claim £2.50. Bolton social work teams were
offered chocolates or biscuits as part of a package. Staff at other
councils received extra holiday.

3 b) Confusion over the Children’s Fund

4 a) Mental health services. The inquiry into the
death of David Bennett, who died after being restrained by staff in
a psychiatric unit, found that institutional racism was present in
mental health services.

b) The Children Bill.

6 a) Lord Adebowale, the chief executive of social
care charity Turning Point was speaking about the alcohol misuse

7 c) On April Fool’s Day the Commission for Social
Care Inspection went live, taking on the work of the National Care
Standards Commission, the Social Services Inspectorate and certain
functions of the Audit Commission.

8 b) Sir Michael Bichard chaired the inquiry that
looked into Ian Huntley’s background.

9 b) Ladyman invited the comments from delegates
at Community Care LIVE after outlining his initial plans for adult
services. A document was expected in the summer but, alas, the
sector is still waiting.

10 c) Asylum seekers’ human rights. Section 55 of
the Nationality, Immigration and Asylum Act 2002 denies support to
asylum seekers who fail to make their claim “as soon as reasonably
practicable”. The High Court had ruled that the government’s
refusal of accommodation to three destitute asylum seekers under
section 55 breached article 3 of the European Convention on Human
Rights. And Appeal Court judges ruled that shelter of some form at
night was a “basic amenity”.

11 a) Anthony Douglas was appointed as chief
executive of Cafcass. Baroness Pitkeathley is chair while Judy
Weleminsky was suspended from the board after giving critical
evidence about Cafcass to an inquiry.

12 b) The Mental Capacity Bill allows people to
make living wills setting out who they would like to take health,
welfare and financial decisions on their behalf should they lose
mental capacity in the future. It was renamed the Mental Capacity
Bill having previously been called the Mental Incapacity

13 a) From 26 July it became a statutory
requirement for registered care providers in England and Wales to
check whether a care worker is on the Protection of Vulnerable
Adults list before employing them.

14 b) The Back on Track campaign called for a
reduction in the number of children and young people held in
custody, with more community sentences being used instead.

15 a) Paediatrician David Southall was found
guilty of professional misconduct by the General Medical Council
and banned from child protection work for three years. After
watching a television documentary on the case of Sally Clark, who
was jailed for the deaths of her sons but then cleared four years
later, Southall told police that he believed her husband Stephen
had killed the boys.

16 a) Indian Ocean. The High Court later ruled
that West Sussex was not responsible for supporting the

17 b) A revised Mental Health Bill was published
on 8 September. The broad definition of mental disorder has led to
fears that many more people could be subject to compulsory
treatment and that as a result people could be put off from
accessing mental health services.

18 c) The children’s NSF includes 11 standards
covering a number of areas including children and young people who
are ill, and medicines management.

19 b) Lisa Arthurworrey, Victoria ClimbiŽ’s
social worker, lost her claim for unfair dismissal against Haringey
Council. Arthurworrey had been sacked for gross misconduct in
November 2002.

20 a) An amendment to the Children Bill introduced
by children’s minister Margaret Hodge altered the commissioner’s
proposed role from promoting and safeguarding the rights of
children to promoting awareness of their views. She deleted five
references on children’s rights from the bill but denied that the
government had “gone timid on rights”.

21 a)<2002>The number of councils gaining
three stars for social services went up from 16 in 2003 to 20.
Eight were awarded zero stars. Only two out of 10 social services
departments that had performance action teams working with them
improved their star rating.

22 a) Almost all front-line social workers in
England had applied for registration by the 1 December deadline.
The General Social Care Council said it had received 44,435
forms by the cut-off date.

23 a) Depression and anxiety. The National
Institute for Clinical Excellence recommended that antidepressants
should not be used for the initial treatment of mild depression but
that where medication is prescribed for people with moderate or
severe depression, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors should
be selected as they have fewer side effects.

24 b) Reid announced £100m to support older
people’s social services. The funding will be added to the social
services funding for adults for 2005-6 and will be used to improve
existing social services to help people live in their own

Score three points for each correct answer.

  • 50 points or over: You are a social care boffin. Very
    impressive but probably best to keep it to yourself!
  • 20-50: You’ve kept your eyes and ears open but are sadly unable
    to retain too much in the way of detail.
  • Under 20: Where were you this year?

Who is the odd one out?

a) The Queen

b) Tony Blair

c) Father Christmas

d) Margaret Hodge

Answer: Father Christmas. The others were victims of Fathers 4
Justice campaigns but Father Christmas was the only person who
carried one out.

Recently two Fathers 4 Justice campaigners dressed up as Father
Christmas and staged a protest at the Scottish parliament in
Edinburgh. Earlier in the year Tony Blair was targeted with condoms
of purple flour in the House of Commons, a campaigner dressed as
Batman scaled a wall of Buckingham Palace, and a campaigner
handcuffed himself to children’s minister Margaret Hodge.

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