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November 2006


Doubts over government commitment to Northern Ireland proposals


The government’s response to radical plans to reform Northern Ireland’s mental health and learning difficulties services has disappointed the sectors. Mithran Samuel reports


Posted: 09 November 2006 | Full Article


Why social care in Northern Ireland needs modernising: special report


Northern Ireland’s health minister announced a major overhaul of the province’s mental health and learning difficulties services this week. Paul Goggins’ announcement comes on the back of four years of work by a government-commissioned review, which will continue into next year.


Posted: 03 November 2006 | Full Article


Services shake-up for Northern Ireland


The health minister for Northern Ireland has promised major reform of the country’s “outdated” mental health and learning difficulties services.


Posted: 02 November 2006 | Full Article


October 2006


Northern Ireland: super health and social services trusts set to replace existing structures. What do professionals think?


Once regarded as a model for the UK to follow, the system of integrated health and social services in Northern Ireland is to be completely rebuilt. Directors and managers see some advantages but others aren’t so sure, reports David Callaghan


Posted: 26 October 2006 | Full Article


Defining social work: five ways to explain to multidisciplinary colleagues what social work is


The government’s new Options for Excellence report flags up the need for a proper definition of social work. Here, Malcolm Payne offers a few thoughts of his own


Posted: 26 October 2006 | Full Article



JULY 2006


Cameron's hug a hoodie gesture bellies anti-stake stance


"Cameron's words could signal a major break from the "hang 'em, flog 'em" Tory tradition. What is of concern is how he proposes to improve the situation"


Posted: 20 July 2006 | Full Article


Cameron wrong to say UK is classless


One of our team of practitioner columnists gives his take on whether the UK has become more classless

Posted: 06 July 2006 | Full Article


MAY 2006


Call for greater commitment to restorative justice as Northern Ireland shows way ahead


The chair of the Youth Justice Board has accused the government of failing to act on its rhetoric about using restorative justice schemes for young offenders.


Posted: 25 May 2006 | Full Article


MARCH 2006


Charity to sue trust over £1m ‘subsidy’


A charity plans to sue an NHS trust alleging it has failed to cover the costs of running five residential care homes, in a case that could set an important precedent.


Posted: 30 March 2006 | Full Article


Northern Ireland children's commissioner dies


Northern Ireland children's commissioner Nigel Williams died yesterday at home, his office has announced. He was diagnosed with cancer two years ago.


Posted: 28 March 2006 | Full Article


Single safeguarding board for N Ireland


A single safeguarding children board for Northern Ireland is to be set up to co-ordinate efforts to protect children.


Posted: 23 March 2006 | Full Article


N Ireland claimants face being isolated


Asylum seekers and failed asylum seekers in Northern Ireland could lose contact with lawyers and their support networks, it is feared.


Posted: 16 March 2006 | Full Article


FEBRUARY 2006


Allowances too low in Northern Ireland


Foster carers in Northern Ireland receive allowances below recommended levels, research has found.


Posted: 24 February 2006 | Full Article


JANUARY 2006


Frontlines with Helen Bonnick


As social workers, we can learn much from books and films but downmarket TV shows can be instructive too, writes Helen Bonnick


Posted: 05 January 2006 | Full Article


Bell's appointment wins wide approval


Campaigners have welcomed David Bell as the new top civil servant at the Department for Education and Skills.


Posted: 05 January 2006 | Full Article


Singleton a knight in new year gongs


Roger Singleton, who recently retired as chief executive of children's charity Barnardo's, was awarded a knighthood for services to children in the new year honours.

Posted: 05 January 2006 | Full Article


DECEMBER 2005


Services shake-up in N Ireland welcomed


Northern Ireland's social services face a major overhaul under plans unveiled last week.


Posted: 01 December 2005 | Full Article


NOVEMBER 2005


Opinion: Royal ties that strain ethos of social care


"Identification with the unelected monarchy is at odds with some of the values implicit in social welfare"


Posted: 17 November 2005 | Full Article