Health and Social Care

Foster parents at risk of burnout and stress, study warns

12/12/2019
Foster carers are more likely to suffer from secondary traumatic stress due to their exposure to the trauma stories of their foster children, a study has revealed.

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Council fined over £1m after child suffers ‘life-changing head injury'

05/12/2019

Hampshire County Council has been fined £1.4m after a child suffered a head injury caused by an unsecured street bollard.

Major parties ‘fall short’ on social care funding commitments

04/12/2019

None of the three major parties have pledged enough in social care funding to fix the ongoing crisis in care provision, a health think tank has concluded.

Overdose victims in Glasgow saved 17 times in four months

04/12/2019

Glasgow Council has released figures showing that overdose victims were revived 17 times in four months at its night shelter.

Councils warn FGM is still under-reported

29/11/2019

There have been 22,500 new cases of FGM identified in the past four years, according to new figures published by NHS Digital.

Charity warns child cruelty is rising every year

28/11/2019

The number of child cruelty and neglect offences have risen every year for the past five years, new analysis has shown.

Nine in 10 care directors concerned at winter pressures

27/11/2019

More than 90% of adult care directors are concerned at their ability to cope with winter pressures or provider failure, a survey has found.

Bristol accused of 'abject failure' over SEND care plans

26/11/2019

An overhaul of services for children with Special Educational Needs and Disabilities (SEND) is under way at Bristol City Council, after it failed to meet deadlines for families applying for support.

Two thirds of adults ‘unpaid carers’, study reveals

22/11/2019

Two thirds of UK adults can expect to care unpaid for a loved one in their lifetime, according to research from the universities of Sheffield and Birmingham.

Hedges around parks can halve pollution, study finds

21/11/2019

Planting a hedge in front of a park can cut air pollution in half, a new study has found.

Victims of domestic abuse let down by 'fragmented' system

21/11/2019

Victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence are being let down by 'inconsistent, complex and short term' services in Wales, according to a new report.

Blueprint for social care reform puts ‘relationships over bureaucracy’

20/11/2019

A new model for social care promises to 'put relationships over bureaucracy'.

Nearly 500,000 children ‘worried’ about mental health

20/11/2019

Almost half a million children who are worried about their feelings or behaviour are not asking anyone for help, according to campaigners.

Guide to help councils look after people with ‘several health problems’ published

19/11/2019

A new guidebook shows how people with several health problems can best be looked after by local authorities and other agencies working together.

Social prescribing does not achieve ‘meaningful’ health outcomes, study says

19/11/2019

Council chiefs have defended social prescribing after researchers argue the practice does not ‘achieve meaningful levels’ of health and well-being changes.

Over 22,000 young people face homelessness this Christmas

18/11/2019

A charity has warned that tens of thousands of young people in England will be homeless or at risk of homelessness this Christmas.

Five Bristol residents die prematurely each week due to pollution

18/11/2019

Air pollution in Bristol, largely caused by diesel cars, contributes to five people dying prematurely every week, new research has revealed.

Child abuse linked to faith rises by ‘a third’, council chiefs warn

14/11/2019

The number of children identified by councils as having been abused for reasons associated with belief has risen by a third in three years, the LGA reports.

Children do less exercise as they get older, research reveals

14/11/2019

Primary school children do less exercise as they get older, according to new research.

Councils chiefs call for more powers to ‘restrict’ takeaways

12/11/2019

Local authorities have called for more planning powers to help them prevent takeaways from ‘clustering’ as part of the fight against health inequalities and obesity.

One and a half million older people have ‘unmet care needs’, charity warns

11/11/2019

The number of older people with unmet care needs stands at one and a half million and could rise to over two million in the next decade, a charity has warned.

Only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment, health experts say

08/11/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the next Government to reverse public health cuts as figures reveal only one in five alcoholics receiving treatment.

Abuse ‘endemic’ in children’s homes

07/11/2019

An independent inquiry has found physical and sexual abuse was endemic in children’s homes and residential care homes.

Family hardship drives 53% increase in children referred for ‘urgent support’

05/11/2019

A rise in family ‘conflict and hardship’ against a background of cuts to council budgets is behind the heightened pressure on child protection services, local authority leaders have revealed.

Thousands of inpatients with learning disabilities and autism to receive care review

05/11/2019

Thousands of people with learning disabilities and autism that have detained in a mental health hospital will have their care reviewed over the next 12 months, the Government announced today.

Stoke-on-Trent CC given three months to improve ‘inadequate’ children’s services

01/11/2019

Williamson issues a direction which gives Stoke-on-Trent three months to establish a partnership with another council to deliver children’s social care.

Local government sector guide to tackling loneliness launched

29/10/2019

Local authority leaders have joined forces to produce a guide on how to tackle loneliness for commissioners, service providers, councillors and others working in the sector.

Failure of £350m Four Seasons deal proof social care is not ‘properly’ funded

25/10/2019

The failure to sell the struggling social care provider, Four Seasons, is further proof that the Government is not funding social care properly, union says.

Councils chiefs call for more sexual health funding

25/10/2019

Local authority leaders have called on the Government to ensure that its updated sexual and reproductive health strategy is ‘fully funded’.

UK lagging behind on health care infrastructure spending

24/10/2019

The UK is spending ‘significantly’ less on health care infrastructure compared to other countries in the EU, new research has revealed today.

New academy to drive forward 'social prescription'

23/10/2019

Every patient with long-term health problems will be offered a 'social prescription' including arts, sport or leisure activities in a new Government initiative.

NHS study reveals ‘growing’ pressure on social care sector

23/10/2019

Charity calls for ‘urgent solution’ to the care crisis as study reveals councils received two million new requests for adult social care support last year.

Whitehall commits £19m for young people leaving care

23/10/2019

Young people leaving care have been promised better housing, healthcare and employment opportunities in a new government scheme.

Children in care not getting their legal right to a ‘buddy’

22/10/2019

Children in the care system are not getting their legal right to an essential ‘buddy’ as more than two thirds of councils admit leaving them on waiting lists, a children’s charity reveals.

Nearly £2m awarded to projects improving health services for the homeless

22/10/2019

Nearly £2m has been awarded to six projects as part of an effort to help test models that improve access to health services for people sleeping rough.

Reform of primary care in Wales ‘not happening quickly enough’

22/10/2019

Plans to strengthen primary care in Wales have not happened as quickly or as widely as intended, according to auditors.

Councils helping fewer unpaid family carers

21/10/2019

Fewer unpaid family carers are receiving support from their local council, new figures have revealed.

Whitehall confirms plans to end ‘postcode lottery’ for abuse survivors

21/10/2019

The Government has confirmed plans for a new legal duty for local authorities to provide survivors of domestic abuse with safe accommodation.

Council chiefs call for investment into leisure facilities

18/10/2019

Local authority leaders have voiced concerns over the ability of councils to continue to provide leisure centres, which contribute to public health, without more Government investment.

Khan announces £4m for London youth workers

16/10/2019

The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, has announced he will invest £4m to increase the number of youth workers in hospitals across the capital.

Number of young people gambling is ‘emerging’ public health risk

16/10/2019

A new study has found an increasing number of young people are experimenting with gambling, making them more likely to be problem gamblers later in life.

Charity calls for ‘whole Government approach’ to health of young people

16/10/2019

Whitehall should transform its policies across housing, transport and education in order to secure the future health of today’s young people, charity says.

Council adopts fingerprint-based drug testing

15/10/2019

Peterborough City Council has brought in fingerprint-based drug testing as part of its family safeguarding social care initiative.

Care green paper delay causing 'instability'

15/10/2019

The care regulator has accused the Government of aggravating the funding pressures in adult social care by stalling on the long-awaited care green paper.

£2m loneliness fund launched

15/10/2019

The Government has launched a new £2m fund to help support grassroots organisations at the frontline of tackling loneliness.

A quarter of London’s parks have unsafe air quality

11/10/2019

One in four of green spaces in London breach safety limits for air quality, new analysis has revealed.

Around 58,000 reception-aged children obese, data shows

11/10/2019

New figures from the NHS have revealed that obesity levels among reception-aged schoolchildren in England have increased.

Give councils the powers to restrict takeaways, obesity report says

10/10/2019

Local authority leaders have welcomed a proposal to strengthen planning powers to help deal with the underlying causes of obesity.

Council chiefs call for ‘properly resourced’ plan to improve health visiting

10/10/2019

Council leaders have called for a ‘properly resourced’ plan to encourage closer working between health visitors and other local authority services.

Call for dedicated social care appeals

10/10/2019

Fewer than one in five councils have a dedicated appeals process for social care, according to new research.

Majority of children ‘happy’, report finds

10/10/2019

The overwhelming majority of children in the UK are happy, according to an official report.

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