Category: Community Care- Adults

  • Covid adult social care funding given last-minute boost

    The government has extended Covid funding for adult social care, three days before existing funds were due to run out. Providers will receive an extra £142.5m to help them maintain staffing levels while controlling Covid infections, along with £108.8million for testing, to last until the end of September. As with previous such funding packages, most […]

  • Disabled man left in unsuitable accommodation for 27 months, finds ombudsman

    A disabled man was left in unsuitable accommodation for 27 months and suffered other injustices because of council failings, an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found. Though Wirral council had accepted since July 2017 that Mr C, who is severely autistic, has a learning disability and requires full support with […]

  • Bringing evidence to the front line of adult social care

    By Professor Jon Glasby, director, IMPACT When I was training as a social worker, someone who went on to be very senior said: “You’ll make a good social worker, but the trouble is you think too much.”  I know what they meant: you have to walk before you can run, you should listen before talking, and […]

  • Social workers going into care homes must be vaccinated against Covid, government decides

    Every social worker whose duties require them to enter an adult care home will have to be vaccinated against Covid-19, unless they are medically exempt, the government has announced. The requirement means best interests assessors, practitioners undertaking care reviews or those visiting care homes as part of safeguarding enquiries will have to have had both […]

  • Community Care Live is back – and in person

    Story updated 30 June 2021 Registration is open for Community Care Live, back as an in-person event on 12-13 October this year! Following our successful virtual event last year, we are returning to London’s Business Design Centre to bring the social work profession together for two days of learning, networking and exploring new opportunities. The […]

  • What is happening to people in inpatient care, 10 years on from Winterbourne View?

    By Professor Chris Hatton, Manchester Metropolitan University It is 10 years since an undercover Panorama programme reported on the horrendous abuse of people with learning disabilities and autistic people by staff members at an independent sector ‘specialist’ inpatient unit, Winterbourne View. The programme triggered a series of investigations, government reports and policies, and attempts to […]

  • 10 years on from Winterbourne View: lessons for social workers

    By Jack Skinner and Claire Webster Ten years ago, BBC Panorama exposed the horrific abuse that staff at Winterbourne View hospital had inflicted on people with learning disabilities who were supposed to be receiving assessment, treatment and rehabilitation. A police investigation lead to 11 criminal convictions, a national outcry and a formal government response on […]

  • AMHPs start new role supporting people in crisis get debt support amid workload concerns

    Approved mental health professionals have started a new role supporting people in crisis access respite from their debts, amid ongoing concerns over AMHP workloads. Under the new breathing space scheme, AMHPs are tasked with certifying that people are receiving a mental health crisis service, which is a necessary condition of accessing the mental health aspect […]