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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