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Welfare Reform on the Web (June 2009): Social care - UK

Accusations of misconduct among staff working with vulnerable adults in England and Wales: the claims of mitigation to the barring authority

S. Hussein and others

Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, vol. 31, 2009, p. 17-32

Since July 2004 employers of staff working with vulnerable adults in social care services regulated by the Care Standards Act 2000 have been required to refer workers dismissed for misconduct that harmed their people in their care to the Protection of Vulnerable Adults (POVA) List. People on the List are barred from working with vulnerable adults again. This article explores the range of mitigating factors used by staff referred to the List to counter allegations of abuse. The results reported are based on analyses of a sample of 298 referral records and of in-depth interviews with the civil servants who administer the scheme.

The barriers to the effectiveness of culturally sensitive practices in health and social care services for Chinese people in Britain

S.W.K. Yu

European Journal of Social Work, vol. 12, 2009, p. 57-70

This article discusses culturally sensitive practices in health and social care services for Chinese people in Britain. It shows how practitioners intending to satisfy their ethnic minority users' cultural preferences may end up providing culturally insensitive services. To solve this problem, it is suggested that we should avoid overemphasising two key assumptions about ethnic minority groups: 1) that all members of an ethnic group organise their health and social care according to their cultural principles; and 2) that these cultural principles are monolithic. This paper illustrates these points by discussing the diverse strategies used by Chinese people in Britain to organise their health and social care, and demonstrating the difference between their two most important cultural principles, Taoism and Confucianism.

No substitute for close scrutiny of new staff

W. Roberts

Professional Social Work, May 2009, p. 26-27

This article introduces the new Vetting and Barring Scheme which, overseen by the Independent Safeguarding Authority (ISA), comes into force on October 12th 2009. The ISA will decide who is unsuitable to work or volunteer with vulnerable groups. It will base its decisions on information pulled together from various agencies, government departments and the Criminal Records Bureau. It will hold a register of everyone who has been cleared to work with children and vulnerable adults.

Reconciling Putting People First and World Class Commissioning

D. Klee

Journal of Integrated Care, vol.17, 2009, p. 27-34

Telford and Wrekin Council and Primary Care Trust have developed a joint Health and Well-Being Strategy based on a shared understanding of local population needs, with agreed priorities and targets for improvement. This article describes the challenges that the Council and the PCT faced in developing this strategy in 2007-2008 in the face of a fast moving national agenda that gave rise to a stream of new and sometimes conflicting guidance from national government.

Sector welcomes job creation plans

L. Hunt

Community Care, Apr. 30th 2009, p. 8-9

Care First is a 75m cross-departmental strategy to get 50,000 unemployed 18-24-year-olds into the social care workforce. During the 18-month scheme, the Department for Work and Pensions, through Jobcentre Plus, will give a 1,500 subsidy to traineeship providers for placements in adult social care lasting up to six months. Placements will offer on-the-job training in non-professional roles in adult care.

Sticking to the day job

A. Dixon

Public Finance, May 8th-14th 2009, p, 18-21

The Care Quality Commission was formed from the merger of the Healthcare Commission, the Commission for Social Care Inspection, and the Mental Health Act Commission. It faces huge challenges in attempting to develop a common regulatory approach for the whole range of health and social care organisations.

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