Community Care, June 9th 2011, p. 4-8
This special report covers the scandalous abuse at learning disability hospital Winterbourne View uncovered by BBC Panorama and the threatened financial collapse of care home operator Southern Cross. The Care Quality Commission's inspection regime has been called into question because of its failure to intervene at Winterbourne View. The Southern Cross Healthcare case has highlighted the need for an economic regulator to monitor the finances of large private care services providers.
Journal of Adult Protection, vol.13, no.2, 2011, p. 89-99
This paper sets out the main conclusions and learning points from Local Government Improvement and Development's pilot programme of peer reviews of adult safeguarding arrangements carried out in four English councils between November 2009 and May 2010. Key messages from the peer reviews cover: outcomes and experiences of service users; leadership, strategy and commissioning; service delivery, effective practice and performance and resource management; and working together.
Community Care, June23rd 2011, p. 28-29
Designed to pave the way for a national standard for employers on how much support they should provide to social workers, the health check first appeared in the Social Work Task Force's final report in 2009. In 39 steps, the check provides a framework for social work employers to assess how well their organisations are set up to manage workloads. The health checks are not mandatory and are only being carried out sporadically, but councils which have implemented them are positive about their benefits.
The Guardian, July 4th 2011, p. 21
The government's squeeze on health and social care spending has led to a near 50% increase in company insolvencies in the social care sector and has forced other operators struggling to stay solvent to cut back on investments needed to provide the best care.
Professional Social Work, June 2011, p. 7
BASW-The College of Social Work and The College of Social Work (TCSW) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding committing both parties to work towards establishing a single UK-wide College of Social Work. This deal follows a dispute between the two parties that arose in December 2010 over an agreement in principle between TCSW and Unison to work towards the union providing services to college members.
Department of Health, 2011
The independent commission, set up by the Government in July 2010, was asked to recommend a fair and sustainable funding system for adult social care in England. Key findings:
Journal of Adult Protection, vol. 13, no.2, 2011, p. 79-86
Current national guidance requires local authorities to work with partner agencies to develop multi-agency responses to address all forms of abuse of vulnerable adults in any setting. This paper describes the framework that has been developed and used to underpin multi-agency safeguarding work in two local authority areas in West Yorkshire. The four situations framework has been successfully used: 1) as the foundation of multi-agency safeguarding adults procedures; 2) for training staff and enabling organisations to understand their roles in different adult protection situations; 3) as a practical tool for making decisions about how to coordinate specific multi-agency safeguarding risk assessments and to deliver safeguarding plans for individuals; and 4) to identify gaps in the 'net of safety'.
Community Care, June 2nd 2011, p. 28-29
Volunteering has a long history in social care. However, there are concerns that the huge expansion proposed by the Coalition Government's Big Society plans at a time of public spending cuts could lead to volunteers being used to replace paid workers. This approach creates the risk of volunteers getting out of their depth and both service user and volunteer being exploited.
G. Simpson and S. Connor
Bristol: Policy Press, 2011
This book explores some of the difficulties and dilemmas faced by those who deliver welfare in a changing policy context. Using case studies and vignettes, this book seeks to develop an analytical skills-based approach to understanding the role and importance of social policy in social welfare practice, and will teach readers to understand, analyse and engage with policy.
I. Butler and M. Drakeford
Bristol: Policy Press, 2011
The public inquiry that followed the death of Maria Colwell had profound implications for the developing profession and practice of social work in the UK. This book describes the local and national politics, professional concerns and public interest that surrounded the inquiry and its aftermath and shows how the concerns of this landmark child abuse case have still failed to find a satisfactory resolution today.
K. van Heugten
London: J. Kingsley, 2011
Stress, fatigue and burnout are serious problems in the social work profession. High case loads, staff shortages, budget cuts and the challenging nature of the job contribute to high levels of stress, and social workers can crack under the pressure. This book demonstrates how managers and practitioners can overcome workplace distress, fatigue and burnout by understanding the causes and implementing practical strategies. Part 1 outlines how stress, fatigue, burnout and trauma can be identified, how they impact upon social workers, and what strategies can help. Part 2 explores stress in particular settings, covering frontline practice, working with trauma, working with aggressive service users, bullying and violence in the workplace, and making mistakes. The book is rooted in the reality of everyday social work, incorporating the views and experiences of practising social workers.
B. Taylor (editor)
Exeter: Learning Matters, 2011
Social workers have roles that require them to engage with clients and families who may be reluctant clients, ambivalent or resistant towards those seeking to help and protect. This includes safeguarding roles in relation to children and vulnerable adults, and work to engage with marginalised groups such as young offenders and those with mental health and substance misuse problems. The text addresses issues in relation to the main client groups, and specific chapters give an overview of issues such as understanding and defusing aggressive behaviour and keeping yourself safe from assault.