Social care highlights from the National Children and Adult Services Conference 2009

Directors of children’s and adults’ services from across the UK gathered in Harrogate this week to discuss the key issues facing social care. Here are the highlights:

Ed Balls tells social workers not to blame bureaucracy for failings

Reactions to the spat between Ed Balls and Hilton Dawson

Ed Balls: social workers are “barking up the wrong tree”

Personalisation: ‘Vulnerable will not have to manage budgets’

Burnham says disability living allowance is safe from chop

Andrew Lansley: Tories will not scrap attendance allowance

Adass president calls for taskforce for social care staff

‘Radical change needed to protect frontline services’

Phil Hope admits concerns over attendance allowance

Social care data service launched to boost performance management

Ofsted must rethink how it inspects children’s services

New social care TV channel launches

ADASS considers lobbying government on tax for care

Disabled people to keep disability living allowance

Loose Woman supports social care

Phil Hope’s NCASC marathon

To ring-fence or not to ring-fence

Government to appoint national clinical dementia lead

Why are so few BME social workers promoted to management?

Attendance allowance debate rumbles on

Councils asked to ‘guarantee’ social care records for users

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