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Third of social workers looking to quit profession, survey reveals

10/07/2020
A third of social workers are are thinking of leaving the profession putting the system at risk of collapse, new research has warned.

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Coronavirus could create a ‘lost generation’ of vulnerable teenagers

07/07/2020

Thousands of vulnerable teenagers are at risk of falling through gaps in the school and social care systems, the Children’s Commissioner for England has warned today.

Care chiefs reject Boris' COVID claims

07/07/2020

Care chiefs have rejected claims by Boris Johnson that it was their lack of vigilance that led to a high number of coronavirus deaths in care homes.

Councils in local virus data call

03/07/2020

Councils have called for the Government to go further after it finally started to publish more coronavirus testing data.

Vulnerable people still struggling to get basic food, report warns

02/07/2020

More than a quarter of vulnerable people are still struggling to access basic goods and essential groceries, new research has found.

Local public health teams should manage contact tracing, poll reveals

02/07/2020

Two-thirds of the public want local public health teams to be in charge of the contact tracing system, a new poll has revealed.

Thousands of children 'at risk' when EU Settlement closes, report warns

01/07/2020

Thousands of children are at risk of being left in 'legal limbo' when the EU Settlement Scheme closes next year, a report has warned today.

Give councils the tools to incentivise retirement communities, says report

30/06/2020

Retirement communities could play a major part in addressing the adult social care funding crisis and keep people out of hospital for longer, a new report has argued.

Hand health powers to elected mayors, says report

23/06/2020

Health powers should be handed to elected mayors as part of a ‘rejuvenated and fortified wave of devolution,’ a think-tank report has suggested.

Charity declares ‘state of emergency’ in foster care

23/06/2020

A children’s charity has warned that the number of children needing foster care has increased by 44% during the pandemic.

Saliva coronavirus test to be trialled in Southampton

22/06/2020

Southampton City Council will be piloting a new ‘no-swab’ saliva test for coronavirus.

Khan calls for face masks to be mandatory

19/06/2020

Mayor of London yesterday called on the Government to make the wearing of face coverings mandatory for customers in shops and other confined public spaces.

Social care is running out of cash, experts warn

18/06/2020

Social care could run out of money to deal with the fallout of the coronavirus crisis by the end of the summer unless the Government steps in with more cash.

Unpaid carers ‘pushed’ into using food banks

17/06/2020

Unpaid carers are twice as likely as the general public to have relied on a food bank during the Covid-19 pandemic, according to charity.

Care home deaths drop but council chiefs still ‘seriously’ concerned

17/06/2020

Council chiefs welcome decrease in the number of Covid-related care home deaths but warn that it is ‘seriously concerning’ that the death rate remains so high.

Racism raises the risk from COVID-19 for minorities

17/06/2020

Racism has raised the risk of people from black and ethnic minority communities developing COVID-19 and dying from the disease, says an official report.

Disabled women ‘disproportionately hit’ by lockdown

16/06/2020

The lockdown has hit disabled women particularly hard with many fearing missing out on medicine and struggling to get access to food, a new study has revealed.

Covid-19 recovery will ‘pile on pressure’ for families, report warns

16/06/2020

A report released today reveals concerns about the impact the coronavirus crisis has had on vulnerable children and families.

Union urges Government to tackle Covid-19 pay deductions

15/06/2020

The Government must tackle care worker Covid-19 pay deductions to stop hardship and control virus spread, says Unison.

IFS exposes impact of COVID-19 on different areas

15/06/2020

The balance of protecting public health and returning to economic activity varies from one area to the next, research by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has found.

Care homes were an ‘afterthought’ during pandemic, watchdog warns

12/06/2020

A new report has warned that around 25,000 people were discharged from hospital into a care home without being tested for coronavirus at the height of the pandemic.

Older carers ‘forgotten’ by care system says charity

12/06/2020

Older carers have been ‘forgotten’ by authorities despite them bearing the brunt of the pandemic, a charity has warned today.

Care is 'not out of the woods' as winter comes, says ADASS

11/06/2020

Social care directors have warned they will need significantly more funding, more PPE and more influence on NHS England’s decision making, to help cope with COVID-19 as we head towards winter.

Launch of coronavirus social care taskforce

09/06/2020

The Government has announced a new social care taskforce to help the sector through the coronavirus crisis.

Care home residents facing 'coronavirus bill'

08/06/2020

Some care home residents have been forced to pay a 'coronavirus bill’ of up to £100 a week by their provider, a charity has warned.

Middlesbrough to keep control of its children's services

05/06/2020

Middlesbrough Council will be allowed to keep control of its 'inadequate' children's services to allow further improvements to be made.

Adult care coronavirus costs to reach £6.6bn by autumn

05/06/2020

The majority of the extra financial pressure is being borne by local government, according to new research.

Contact tracing app could leave ‘many behind’ charity warns

03/06/2020

The government's contact tracing app could exacerbate existing health inequalities, a charity has warned today.

Alliance calls to extend gambling harm protections after lockdown

02/06/2020

Measures to protect people from gambling harm should be extended beyond the lockdown, the Gambling Health Alliance (GHA) has said.

Funding boost for local mental health projects

01/06/2020

The Government has awarded £5m funding to help community projects support people with their mental health during the pandemic.

Directors warn of 'deep concerns' over care funding

01/06/2020

Adult social care directors have ‘deep concerns’ about the Infection Control Fund which is being rolled out to support care providers.

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.

Councils call for single supply system for PPE

22/05/2020

Councils have called for a single system for the distribution of personal protective equipment (PPE) to avoid local government employees being treated as ‘second class workers’.

Social workers to be placed in schools to spot children at risk

22/05/2020

The Government has committed £6.5m to place social workers in schools to help spot the signs of child abuse and neglect.

Coronavirus bereavement scheme extended to social care workers

21/05/2020

The families of migrant care workers who have fallen victim to COVID-19 will be allowed to remain in the country indefinitely.

Most councils take action to help providers with temporary cost pressures

19/05/2020

Nearly all (97%) of councils are taking action to address temporary cost pressures being experienced by social care providers, a new survey has revealed.

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.

Care home on the brink of collapse

18/05/2020

Care homes in the North East have issued a legal warning to North Tyneside council, claiming they could collapse within days without further funding.

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.

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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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