Community Care, no. 1297, 1999, p.2-3
Reports speech by Alan Milburn to the annual social services conference in which he unveiled three initiatives to improve the quality of social care. These are:
Community Care, no.1298, 1999, p.10-11
TOPSS has unveiled a training strategy for the social care workforce covering staff in local authorities and the voluntary sector. Although broadly welcomed by organisations in the field, concerns are emerging about the practicality of some of the targets and the financial knock-on-effects.
Community Care, no. 1301, 1999, p.26
Argues that the employment of joint practitioners trained in both learning difficulty nursing and social work can help to bring down the Berlin wall between health and social services.
Community Care, no. 1302, 1999, p.2-3
Reports response to the inclusion of a National Care Standards Commission for inspection and regulation in the Care Standards Bill. The Commission will be launched in 2002 and will regulate and inspect service across all social care to national standards.
Community Care, no. 1301, 1999, p.20-22
Explores the implications of the Human Rights Act 1998 for social care, with special emphasis on children and mental health service users.
Independent, Nov. 24th 1999, p.13
Summarises results of a review of 150 social service departments in England. The departments were assessed against 35 performance indicators, including inspection of children's homes, the number of times children were moved between foster homes, and the proportion of elderly, disabled and mentally-ill adults receiving help so that they could remain at home. Results showed wide variations in standards, with one in ten departments performing so poorly as to be put on an 'at risk' register.
(See also Times, Nov. 24th 1999, p.8: Guardian, Nov. 24th 1999, p.6: Community Care, no.1300 1999, p.2-3)
Community Care, no.1301 1999, p.10-11
Reports response to government plans to have failing social services departments taken over by neighbouring local authorities. While some claim such plans would be unworkable, others would welcome help if it were offered through partnership with a neighbouring authority.