Leadership and performance in social services in Wales needs to be improved to help protect vulnerable people and promote their independence. There are marked variations in performance between Welsh local authorities in provision for older people and children, and in funding.
Financial Times, February 18th 2003, p.2
Plans to fine local authorities that cause hospital bed blocking were defeated by the Lords yesterday, despite the government offering to delay the measure by six months.
(See also The Times, February 18th 2003, p.2; The Independent, February 18th 2003, p.6)
COSLA, Quality Assurance Agency for Higher Education and Scottish Social Services Council
Edinburgh: TSO, 2003
Students completing the new social work degree from 2004 could be eligible for reimbursement of their student loans if they sign up to work in areas most affected by current shortages.
Community Care, Feb 13th-19th 2003, p.20-21
Discusses a scheme launched by the Scottish Executive to improve social services recruitment by reimbursing up to £9,000 in student loans for social work graduates who take up posts in children's services, mental health and criminal justice.
Community Care, Feb 6th-12th 2003, p.18-19
The Laming report has made a raft of recommendations designed to strengthen Directors' of Social Services personal responsibility for the work of their front line staff.
M Harris, P Halfpenny and C Rochester
Journal of Social Policy, vol. 32, 2003, p.93-112.
Article uses two case studies of the UK Jewish Voluntary sector to explore its capacity to expand its role in social welfare provision. The two empirical studies focused on income generation and governance. Concludes that: