So what do you know?

    JANUARY 

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

    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
    ratings?

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

    FEBRUARY

    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
    racist?

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

    MARCH

    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

    APRIL

    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

    MAY

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

    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
    services
    b) former in-patients in psychiatric hospitals having to pay for
    their aftercare
    c) asylum seekers’ human rights

    JUNE

    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
    wills?

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

    JULY

    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

    AUGUST

    15.  Who was banned from child protection work for three
    years?

    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
    Garcia?

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

    SEPTEMBER

    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
    Services?

    a) 5
    b) 8
    c) 11

    OCTOBER

    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

    NOVEMBER

    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

    DECEMBER

    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

    ANSWERS

    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
    wheelchair.

    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
    budget.

    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
    strategy.

    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
    Bill.

    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
    islanders.

    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
    homes.

    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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