Health and Social Care

Charity reports huge increase in women seeking domestic abuse help

28/05/2020
The number of women seeking help for domestic abuse has 'spiked significantly' since lockdown began, a charity has warned.

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Pan-London partnership for PPE launched

19/05/2020

A new pan-London partnership has been established to provide personal protective equipment or care homes and other frontline services.

Survey highlights child abuse could go unreported during lockdown

18/05/2020

Child abuse could go unreported during lockdown as a quarter of adults do not know where to go for help, a survey has found.

Charities call for 'vital' early intervention funding to safeguard children

18/05/2020

Funding cuts to children's services have left councils unable to cope with the current crisis, charities have warned today.

Covid-19 care homes deaths 51% higher than estimated

15/05/2020

The number of care home residents who have died from coronavirus is more than 50% higher than previously estimated, figures today have revealed.

Young people's mental health more at risk during lockdown, research finds

15/05/2020

Young people are more likely to suffer from poor mental health under lockdown than older adults, research has revealed.

Campaigners warn children more exposed to secondhand smoke since lockdown

14/05/2020

More than one in ten smokers who live with children are smoking indoors more since lockdown, new research has revealed today.

Johnson announces £600m for infection control in care homes

14/05/2020

Councils have welcomed the £600m extra funding for infection control within care homes.

Local Resilience Forums running out of PPE supplies, charity warns

13/05/2020

A charity has warned Local Resilience Forums (LRFs) are still struggling to supply enough personal protective equipment to social care providers.

Covid-19 death rates significantly higher for social care workers

11/05/2020

Men and women working in social care both have significantly raised rates of death involving COVID-19, according to new analysis from the Office for National Statistics  (ONS).

Researchers propose a two-tier approach to ending lockdown

06/05/2020

The UK should adopt a twin approach to relaxing restrictions for lockdown in order to protect the most vulnerable, academics have said.

Two councils join forces to address health inequalities

06/05/2020

Two councils have joined together to tackle health inequalities affecting Black African and Caribbean communities.

Only 22% of social care workers have been able to access Covid-19 testing

06/05/2020

Less than a quarter of social care workers have been able to access testing for Covid-19, a new survey has revealed.

Council staff to test contact-tracing app on the Isle of Wight

05/05/2020

Council staff on the Isle of Wight will be the first to test a new contact tracing app to help control the spread of coronavirus.

Around 300,000 quit smoking due to coronavirus

04/05/2020

Council leaders have welcomed figures that show around 300,000 people have quit smoking due to an increased risk from coronavirus.

Deprived areas see twice as many deaths from Covid-19

01/05/2020

The most deprived areas have experienced twice as many deaths from Covid-19 than the least deprived, new figures show.

Government unveils improved daily report on Covid-19 deaths

29/04/2020

From today, the new daily count for deaths caused by Covid-19 will include those occurring in care homes for the first time.

Councils must urgently allocate funding to social care providers, report warns

28/04/2020

Funding given to local authorities to deal with the coronavirus crisis must urgently get through to independent adult social care services, a new report has warned.

Vulnerable children falling behind at school, report warns

27/04/2020

Children who need a social worker are 'significantly' behind other children at school, new research has revealed.

Extra funding to protect vulnerable children during Covid-19

27/04/2020

Projects that protect vulnerable children will share more than £12m to help keep them safe during the coronavirus outbreak.

Coronavirus testing extended to frontline council staff

24/04/2020

Council staff with symptoms of Covid-19 will be able to get tested for the virus, the Government has announced.

PPE supplies to 'run out within days'

24/04/2020

Dwindling supplies of vital life-saving personal protective equipment (PPE) for frontline care workers will run out within days, the Local Government Association (LGA) warned today.

Unpaid carers face 'burnout' during Covid-19 crisis

24/04/2020

Unpaid carers have warned they are feeling 'overwhelmed' after providing even more care during the coronavirus crisis.

Think tank argues social care should be 'free at point of use' after Covid-19

22/04/2020

The Government has been urged to use the coronavirus crisis to undertake long term social care reform, in a new report by the Policy Exchange.

Care home coronavirus deaths quadruple

21/04/2020

The latest figures from the Office of National Statistics (ONS) show the number of coronavirus deaths in care homes quadrupled in the week ending 10 April.

Data shows thousands dying in care homes from coronavirus

20/04/2020

The number of people dying from coronavirus in care homes has doubled in the past week, new data has revealed.

More PPE promised for social care

15/04/2020

Health secretary Matt Hancock has promised to increase supplies of personal protective equipment (PPE) to social care.

Coronavirus testing to be rolled out across social care sector

15/04/2020

The Government has pledged to offer testing for coronavirus to all social care staff and care home residents.

Officials warn coronavirus impact could trigger measles outbreak

15/04/2020

The UK is at risk of a measles outbreak if routine vaccinations are delayed due to the coronavirus pandemic, the Measles & Rubella Initiative has warned.

Spike in deaths led to fears of care homes crisis

14/04/2020

A huge spike in the number of UK deaths has led to fears the pandemic is rife in care homes.

NHS Digital extends sharing of child protection information

14/04/2020

Health visitors and school nurses will have access to data about vulnerable children three years ahead of schedule in response to the coronavirus pandemic.

Three million people go hungry since lockdown

14/04/2020

New figures show that three million adults have gone hungry in the first three weeks of lockdown, with 1.5 million going all day without eating.

Rural counties see a spike in coronavirus cases

09/04/2020

The number of new coronavirus cases in rural areas has begun to catch up with England’s urban hotspots, the County Councils Network (CCN) has warned.<

Testing to be rolled out to care workers

09/04/2020

Coronavirus testing could soon be rolled out to care home workers, MPs have been told.

Study questions impact of closing schools to contain coronavirus

08/04/2020

School closures have not had a ‘significant effect’ on preventing the spread of coronavirus, a new study has revealed.

Counties voice concern over capacity of community pharmacies

07/04/2020

County councils have warned that local pharmacies could struggle to deliver medicine in rural and remote locations.

Report highlights complex nature of safeguarding in residential schools

03/04/2020

New research has revealed the unique challenges staff in residential schools face to protect children from sexual abuse.

Calls to mobilise an 'army of volunteers' to protect children during lockdown

01/04/2020

The Children’s Commissioner for England has warned an ‘army’ of volunteers are needed to protect vulnerable children while schools are closed.

Care providers in law change call

01/04/2020

Care providers have pleaded with Prime Minister Boris Johnson to change the law to boost staff numbers in the sector during the COVID-19 outbreak.

Pupils eligible for free school meals will receive food vouchers

31/03/2020

The families of children entitled to free school meals will receive a weekly food shopping voucher of £15 while schools are closed due to coronavirus.

Mass graves a possibility as councils struggle to cope with number of deaths

30/03/2020

Burial and cremation services could be overwhelmed within weeks due to the coronavirus outbreak, academics have warned.

First food parcels for vulnerable people are delivered

30/03/2020

The first 2,000 food boxes for those that are clinically vulnerable have been delivered this weekend.

Charity warns of ‘unacceptable decline in life expectancy’ in poor areas

27/03/2020

A health charity has warned that even before the current pandemic the UK was experiencing a decline in life expectancy in the poorer parts of the country.

Court finds woman has capacity to decide about contact with husband

26/03/2020

The High Court today ruled that a woman with a relatively rare form of dementia has the capacity to make decisions for herself when it comes to her husband.

‘Social care needs you’, retired care workers told

26/03/2020

Council chiefs urge retired care workers to return to work in order to boost an over-stretched social care workforce in the face of the ongoing pandemic.

Social workers ‘urgently’ need hand sanitizer, survey reveals

25/03/2020

Social workers have called on the Government to provide them with safety equipment in order to minimize the risk of contracting and spreading the coronavirus.

Health and social care workers first in line for coronavirus testing, Holyrood says

25/03/2020

Health and social care workers in Scotland must be prioritized when it comes to testing for Covid-19, Holyrood has announced.

Scottish council chiefs welcome extra social care support

24/03/2020

Local authority leaders have welcomed the Scottish government’s commitment to give extra support to councils to support social care in the face of Covid-19.

Government issues guidance on isolation for residential educational settings

23/03/2020

Social workers who need to investigate child protection concerns should be admitted to the home while taking infection control measures, according to guidance.

Families living in poverty ‘struggling to keep heads above water’

23/03/2020

A children’s charity has launched an emergency appeal to help families who fear they will ‘go under’ as a result of the economic and health impacts of the coronavirus pandemic.

New programme launched to support fight against ‘witchcraft allegations’

20/03/2020

The centre dedicated to fighting female genital mutilation (FGM) has launched a first-of-its-kind e-learning programme to address the startling rise of witchcraft allegations against children.

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The power of local systems to save lives

Councils and their partners could do even more to contain the spread of COVID-19 if properly funded to undertake a robust localised system of testing, tracking and tracing, argues Professor Donna Hall.
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