Oct 12 2015

Come and visit us at the NCAS conference

It is only a week until the National Children and Adult Services (NCAS) conference and we are once again looking forward to talking with delegates about their specific challenges and how we are helping other local authorities to address similar issues in children’s and adult social work. The event, taking place in Bournemouth on 14 […]

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Sep 29 2015

Annual DoLS figures highlight need for reform

In the first annual official statistics report since a March 2014 Supreme Court judgment giving new guidance on the use of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS), we hear about the tenfold increase in applications received by councils; 137, 540 between 1 April 2014 and 31 March 2015. Councils completed five times as many as the […]

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Aug 03 2015

New standards unveiled for senior social workers

Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, Isabelle Trowler, has revealed plans for a set of new standards for senior social work supervisors and leaders. In what the Department for Education (DfE) describes as ‘a radical shift towards a practice-focussed system’, it is being proposed that knowledge and skills statements will be set out in […]

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Jul 17 2015

Care costs cap delayed until 2020

Following concerns over the cost of implementation, the government has delayed the cap on social care costs until April 2020. Due to be introduced in the second phase of the Care Act in April next year, social care costs were to be limited to £72,000 for the over 65s and young adults with disabilities. Care […]

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Jul 05 2015

Centre of Expertise to tackle child abuse set to stay

In a parliamentary speech, Children’s Minister Edward Timpson, emphasised the government’s commitment to the national Centre of Expertise in tackling child abuse. First announced as part of the child sexual exploitation (CSE) action plan in March this year, the Centre is expected to involve a much broader selection of government organisations to tackle CSE. Exact […]

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May 27 2015

Queen’s speech marks new era for social care

A number of proposed bills that will have a direct impact on social care were revealed by the Queen during the state opening of parliament on 27 May. The Queen’s Speech outlined plans not only to expand the Troubled Families programme, but to legislate on a closer alignment of health and social care, including improving […]

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