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Welfare Reform on the Web (November 2007): Social care - UK

Back on the direct route

C. Seneviratna

Community Care, Oct. 4th 2007, p. 16-17

The Children's Workforce Development Council is supporting 18 pilot schemes which will test out ways of working that allow social workers to spend more time with clients and less on form-filling and compiling reports. The aim of the Remodelling Social Work Delivery Project is to both improve services and reduce staff turnover.

Back to basics

P. Beresford

Professional Social Work, Oct. 2007, p. 12-13

This article highlights demand among service users for social work to focus less on case management and needs assessments based on stringent eligibility criteria and, instead, to embrace the notion of building relationships and offering direct enabling support to those who need it.

Finding the crossing points

A.U. Sale

Community Care, Oct. 11th 2007, p. 14-15

Over the past four years, local authority social services departments in England have been splitting into adults' and children's directorates. This article reports on how the resulting gap is being bridged and joint-working encouraged, focusing on Salford and Hampshire.

Governance of Health Act partnerships

J. Dow

Journal of Integrated Care, vol. 13, Oct. 2007, p. 15-19

Many of the problems of governance of Health Act partnerships between NHS bodies and social services arise from a poor understanding of the legal basis for partnership arrangements. This article examines the legal framework, focusing on some of the areas of misunderstanding about the role and purpose of partnership boards.

How honesty could harm your career

L. Tickle

Community Care, Oct. 18th 2007, p. 14-15

Standards set by the General Social Care Council (GSCC) state that social workers have to be physically and mentally fit to practise. A report issued by the Disability Rights Commission has called for the GSCC health standard to be repealed on the grounds that it is discriminatory.

The new Commission for Equality and Human Rights: care providers beware!

P. Grose

Caring Times, Oct. 2007, p. 18

The Commission for Equality and Human Rights has taken over the work of the Commission for Racial Equality, the Disability Rights Commission and the Equal Opportunities Commission. It will be additionally responsible for human rights, and encourage compliance with the Human Rights Act 1998. Residential care homes may therefore be subject to the burden of human rights legislation 'by the back door'.

Partnership means protection? Perceptions of the effectiveness of multi-agency working and the regulatory framework within adult protection in England and Wales

N. Perkins and others

Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 9, Aug. 2007, p. 9-23

Government guidance requires local authority social services departments to take the lead role in co-ordinating multi-agency responses to adult protection. This article reports the results of a survey of councils with social services responsibilities which gathered data on the effectiveness of partnership working and perceptions of the regulatory framework in place to protect vulnerable adults. Examples of good practice in partnership working were found. However, resource pressures, insufficient information sharing, and a lack of clarity about roles were reported to hinder a multi-agency approach.

Spending review puts squeeze on social care

M. Samuel

Community Care, Oct. 18th 2007, p. 10-11

The 2007comprehensive spending review settlement for local government has been widely criticised as inadequate to cope with the high and mounting pressures on services arising from the growing army of older and disabled people. This article reports comments from experts involved in adult social care.

We've got to make this stick

J. Glasby

Community Care, Oct. 11th 2007, p. 34

In recent years service commissioners have found themselves increasingly responsible for tackling a series of longstanding difficulties in health and social care. However commissioning, particularly in the NHS, remains in need of support and development as expertise has repeatedly been lost through a series of service reorganisations. Government now sees joint commissioning of health and social care services as the way forward. This will mean overcoming various legal, financial and cultural barriers to joint working.

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