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November 2006

Pension inequality


Click on the above headline for more social care related news from the national newspapers.


Posted: 21 November 2006 | Full Article


Education of looked-after childen in Scotland needs renewed focus, says minister


Scottish children in care are still not fulfilling their potential in education, the deputy education minister Robert Brown said today.


Posted: 16 November 2006 | Full Article


Regrading sparks dispute at Falkirk


Social work staff in Falkirk look set to ballot over industrial action after the council announced it was to push ahead with its job regrading exercise.


Posted: 16 November 2006 | Full Article


Henry replaces Peacock as Scottish education minister


Hugh Henry has replaced Peter Peacock as Scottish education minister, taking over responsibility for the social care workforce and children’s issues.


Posted: 15 November 2006 | Full Article


Scots MPs demand overhaul of Bill


MPs have called for substantial amendments to Scottish legislation to protect vulnerable adults.


Posted: 15 November 2006 | Full Article


Peter Peacock resigns as Scottish education minister


The Scottish education and young people minister Peter Peacock has resigned from the government for health reasons, his department said today.


Posted: 14 November 2006 | Full Article


Extra cash for services for children in care in Scotland


The Scottish executive announced an extra £7m funding to support children in care today.


Posted: 13 November 2006 | Full Article


Scots reforms will not lead to increase in practitioners’ prosecution


One of Scotland’s most senior social work officials has played down fears that new reforms could lead to more practitioners being prosecuted for mistakes.


Posted: 10 November 2006 | Full Article


Scots told to follow England on 'user tsar'


A service user should be appointed to represent the interests of people with learning difficulties at the Scottish parliament, a campaigner told delegates.


Posted: 09 November 2006 | Full Article


CC Live news: McConnell clashes with Reid over immigration policy


Scotland's first minister is unhappy with the Home Secretary's stance on immigration, the assistant director of children's services at Barnardo's Scotland said yesterday.


Posted: 02 November 2006 | Full Article


Lower NHS share for Scots mental health


The proportion of the NHS budget spent on mental health services in Scotland fell last year, Scottish health minister Andy Kerr has confirmed.


Posted: 02 November 2006 | Full Article


Scots social workers may get new power


The Home Office has confirmed it is still in talks with the Scottish executive over plans to give social workers powers to prevent forced removal of children whose asylum claims have failed.


Posted: 02 November 2006 | Full Article


First worker struck off Scottish register


A Scottish social worker has been removed from the social care register after serious breaches of the social services’ code of practice in the country’s first conduct hearing.


Posted: 02 November 2006 | Full Article


CC Live news: Influx of cocaine increases pregnancies in Aberdeenshire


The arrival of crack cocaine in Fraserburgh, Aberdeenshire, last year has resulted in an increase in the number of pregnancies among substance misusing women.


Posted: 01 November 2006 | Full Article


CC Live news: Service user should champion learning difficulties issues in Scottish Parliament


A service user should be appointed to represent the interests of people with learning difficulties in the Scottish Parliament, a campaigner told Community Care Live Scotland today.


Posted: 01 November 2006 | Full Article


CC Live news: New system ensures consistency in child protection at Edinburgh


A new case review system is helping to ensure consistency and continuity across child protection frontline practice in Edinburgh, delegates at Community Care Live Scotland heard today.


Posted: 01 November 2006 | Full Article

October 2006

Review of social work in England: special report


A large scale review of social work roles and tasks in England will be led by the General Social Care Council, it was announced last week.


Posted: 30 October 2006 | Full Article


Lead professionals for asylum seeker children facing deportation in Scotland


Lead professionals will be appointed to oversee the interests of children of failed asylum-seeking families due to be deported in Scotland, under plans announced by the Home Office yesterday.


Posted: 27 October 2006 | Full Article


‘Dialogue is not a soft option’


Eddie Mulhern tells Derren Hayes how introducing restorative justice in Scottish schools could mesh with the wider youth justice agenda CV: EDDIE MULHERN 2005: Seconded for two years as restorative justice coordinator at West Dunbartonshire. 1995: Senior group worker, West Dunbartonshire Council. 1990: Group worker in Glasgow for children with emotional difficulties in the Children’s Hearing system. 1986: Residential worker at an assessment centre in Strathclyde. Eddie Mulhern has spent 20 years in social work and has never been so convinced about the value of a project than the one he is currently involved in. Mulhern, restorative justice coordinator at West Dunbartonshire Council, is leading on a joint initiative between the council and crime reduction organisation Sacro that aims to address offending by young people t


Posted: 26 October 2006 | Full Article


Reaping benefits of devolution


Welcome to Community Care’s Scotland Focus, the fifth in our series of supplements highlighting developments in social care across the nations and regions of the UK.


Posted: 26 October 2006 | Full Article


Highs and Lows


David Crawford, president of the Association of Directors of Social Work Scotland has several advantages for delivering top quality social services


Posted: 26 October 2006 | Full Article


All change please


The perspectives of leaders within Scotland’s social care system has been reshaped by the report Changing Lives . Here, key figures explain how services and workforce should be shaped to respond to the new agenda Earlier this year, the Scottish executive unveiled plans for transforming the social work profession over the next five years. The programme of reform – in response to Changing Lives , the report of the 21st Century Social Work Review – outlined five key areas of work: a set of national priorities, development of paraprofessionals, a revamped continuous professional development framework, more autonomy for front-line staff and strengthening of management and leaders. Here, we asked six leading figures from the social work sector to discuss the opportunities and challenges the programme presents.


Posted: 26 October 2006 | Full Article


Inquiry into staff roles in England to mirror Scottish and Welsh reviews


A major review of social work roles and tasks will be carried out in England by the General Social Care Council.


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


Glasgow staff urged to reject contracts


Union leaders have urged Glasgow social workers to “show solidarity” with other care workers by refusing to sign new contracts that will raise their pay.


Posted: 26 October 2006 | Full Article


Carstairs patients apply for transfer


Thirty-nine patients at Carstairs high-security hospital have applied to Scotland’s Mental Health Tribunal to be detained in less secure settings.


Posted: 19 October 2006 | Full Article


Key issues analysed at Community Care Live Scotland


Social care professionals gather in a fortnight for Community Care Live Scotland on 1 and 2 November in Edinburgh.


Posted: 16 October 2006 | Full Article


Scottish Mental Health Tribunal - special report


When challenged about whether the Scottish Mental Health Tribunal has achieved its first year goals, its president Eileen Davie says it has exceeded her expectations.


Posted: 13 October 2006 | Full Article


Tribunal squeezes time spent with clients, say Scottish professionals


Scotland’s Mental Health Tribunal is putting so many extra demands on professionals that it is limiting the time available to treat patients, managers have claimed.


Posted: 12 October 2006 | Full Article


Children agreement ‘not being honoured’


Unison has accused the Home Office of ignoring an agreement that is meant to protect the children of failed asylum seekers in Scotland.


Posted: 12 October 2006 | Full Article


Uncertainty over go-ahead for unit for male offenders in west Scotland


One of four new mental health units aimed at tackling the shortage of medium-secure facilities in Scotland looks likely to be scrapped following a review by health chiefs.


Posted: 05 October 2006 | Full Article


Executive disputes underfunding claim


The Scottish executive has been called on to revise its funding formula for children’s services after a finance expert found that Scotland’s councils will spend £161m more this year than the executive’s estimates.


Posted: 05 October 2006 | Full Article

September 2006

One in eight pupils speak English as their second language

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Posted: 29 September 2006 | Full Article

Numbers on child protection register rise in Scotland

Scotland’s councils reported a 6 per cent rise in the number of children on child protection registers last year, according to figures today from the Scottish executive.

Posted: 29 September 2006 | Full Article

Extra council duties behind Scots rise

The number of homeless households in temporary accommodation in Scotland rose 8 per cent in 2005-6, according to Scottish executive figures.

Posted: 28 September 2006 | Full Article

Glasgow to boost social workers’ pay

Starting salaries for newly qualified social workers in Glasgow could rise by £2,000 as part of a council-wide pay and benefits review.

Posted: 28 September 2006 | Full Article

Funding gap widens for personal care

Scotland’s councils face a £79m gap in funding the cost of the country’s free personal care policy this year, a report has revealed.

Posted: 28 September 2006 | Full Article

Numbers living in temporary and unsuitable housing in Scotland up

The number of homeless households in temporary accommodation in Scotland rose 8 per cent in 2005-6, according to Scottish executive figures published today.

Posted: 26 September 2006 | Full Article

Bill to protect vulnerable groups launched in Scotland

The Protection of Vulnerable Groups (Scotland) Bill was published in Scotland today taking forward key recommendations from Sir Michael Bichard’s report following the Soham tragedy.

Posted: 26 September 2006 | Full Article

Scots councils need to be better parents

Scotland’s councils need to improve the way they act as corporate parents for looked-after children, according to a major inspection report.

Posted: 21 September 2006 | Full Article

Scottish councils need more funds for free personal care

Some of Scotland’s councils only receive a fraction of the funding they need to implement the country’s free personal care policy, according to figures published yesterday.

Posted: 20 September 2006 | Full Article

Social Work with Children, Young People and their Families in Scotland

While aimed at student, this overview of social work in Scotland would be of use to anyone seeking information on working with children and their families, writes Iain McDonald.

Posted: 14 September 2006 | Full Article

Champions for looked-after children in Scotland mooted

The Social Work Inspection Agency says Scotland’s councils should appoint champions for looked-after children to reduce the discrimination they face from services. Its Extraordinary Lives report, published today with an introduction by education minister Peter Peacock, says champions would ensure looked-after children receive the best possible care from local authorities and other agencies that deliver children’s services.

Posted: 14 September 2006 | Full Article

Scots law ‘will lead to more referrals’

New laws to protect vulnerable adults in Scotland will lead to a big increase in referrals to social services, social work leaders have warned.

Posted: 14 September 2006 | Full Article

Lack of support for top Dumfries officer

Dumfries and Galloway social services staff are confused over the role and authority of the council’s chief social work officer (CSWO), inspectors have found.

Posted: 14 September 2006 | Full Article

Scots fail to quell food charge row

The Scottish executive's response last week to the free personal care inquiry has failed to address two key issues undermining the policy, campaign groups have said.

Posted: 07 September 2006 | Full Article

Glasgow pay review could hit pockets

Union chiefs warned this week that some care staff at Glasgow Council's social work department will lose money as part of a pay and benefits review.

Posted: 07 September 2006 | Full Article

Councils fail to pass on support funding

Scotland's councils are failing to pass on funds earmarked for training the providers and recipients of direct payment services to voluntary sector support groups, campaigners have claimed.

Posted: 07 September 2006 | Full Article

Carstairs patients seek lower security

The Scottish executive has confirmed that more than 30 patients at the high security Carstairs psychiatric hospital have applied to be transferred to less secure settings.

Posted: 07 September 2006 | Full Article

August 2006

Scottish local authorities need £5 million to support foster carers

Scottish local authorities need an additional £5.5m per year to ensure foster carers do not suffer financial hardship, the Fostering Network claimed today.

Posted: 24 August 2006 | Full Article

Cuts to social care courses in Scotland

The number of adults funded to start modern apprenticeships in social care and health is to be halved after Scottish executive cuts.

Posted: 18 August 2006 | Full Article

Some job vacancies due to 'cost-cutting'

A social services leader has criticised some Scottish councils for their "haphazard" policy of leaving some social work posts unfilled to keep costs down.

Posted: 18 August 2006 | Full Article

Regulators launch conduct hearings

Scottish and Welsh social care workforce regulators are to carry out their first hearings into the conduct of social workers.

Posted: 18 August 2006 | Full Article

Pay hike for care staff

Care staff in Glasgow are likely to receive a substantial pay increase under a council-wide workforce review, but it is unclear whether it will lead to a cut in social workers’ wages.

Posted: 17 August 2006 | Full Article

Social workers failed Scottish man with alcohol-related brain damage

The Mental Welfare Commission has found that social work and health services failed to intervene enough in the case of an elderly Scottish man who had suffered alcohol-related brain damage.

Posted: 10 August 2006 | Full Article

Scots children put in wards for adults

Children and young people in Scotland with mental health problems are routinely receiving treatment in adult facilities even though guidance states this should happen only in exceptional circumstances.

Posted: 10 August 2006 | Full Article

Alcohol treatment must be given priority in substance misuse strategies

The member of the Scottish parliament who suggested that the children of drug-misusing parents should be taken into care caused a storm all right, but the same recommendation in the case of alcohol abuse would have brought a hurricane down on the hapless MSP’s head.

Posted: 07 August 2006 | Full Article

July 2006

Glasgow care staff set for big pay rise

Care staff in Glasgow are likely to receive a substantial pay increase under a council-wide workforce review, but it is unclear whether it will lead to a cut in social workers' wages.

Posted: 27 July 2006 | Full Article

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

McNeil provokes outrage but brings rights of drug misusers' children to centre stage

Proposals to cut benefits of drug misusers who start families have focused the debate on children's rights. Gordon Carson reports

Posted: 20 July 2006 | Full Article

Children’s hearings system: special report

Children’s practitioners in Scotland have been concerned about the overloading of the country’s hearings system for some time.

Posted: 14 July 2006 | Full Article

Scots report rise in frequent offenders

Scottish ministers have failed in their attempt to cut the number of persistent young offenders in the country.

Posted: 13 July 2006 | Full Article

Target to reduce persistent young offenders in Scotland not met

Scottish ministers have failed in their attempt to cut the number of persistent young offenders in the country.

Posted: 11 July 2006 | Full Article

Extra funds to back Scots change plan

The Scottish executive has unveiled detailed plans and announced £15m of extra funding to deliver the recommendations of the 21st Century Social Work Review.

Posted: 06 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

June 2006

Scottish executive has second thoughts over hearings reforms

Scotland's children's hearing system has long been held up as a model of good practice.

Posted: 29 June 2006 | Full Article

Glasgow hostility down to job fears

Scottish people are more tolerant of asylum seekers than the English but still show negative attitudes towards them, according to new research. Many Scots supported the principle of asylum and welcomed "genuine" asylum seekers, said the study by the Institute for Public Policy Research. But most people interviewed in Glasgow - where 15 per cent of all asylum seekers supported in the UK live - were "extremely hostile" towards them, mainly due to the perceived impact they have on jobs and housing. Prejudice was greatest in more disadvantaged areas, where many asylum seekers have been housed. To combat this, researchers said Glasgow Council should develop integration initiatives to increase interaction between communities. The report , funded by the Scottish Refugee Council, was launched to mark World Refugee Day last week.

Posted: 29 June 2006 | Full Article

Scottish executive has second thoughts over hearings reforms

Reforms to Scotland's under-pressure children's hearings system will be delayed after the Scottish executive said it would postpone planned legislation. Ministers had planned to unveil the Children's Hearings and Integrated Services Bill, which sources say is already written, in the summer. But education minister Peter Peacock said last week the executive would publish and consult on the draft children's hearings bill between this September, the start of the next parliamentary session, and May 2007, when Scottish Parliament elections take place. The news comes as the Scottish Children's Reporter Administration, which oversees the children's hearings system, is dealing with a steep increase in referrals. The number of children referred to the organisation following care concerns or offending rose 10 per cent in 2005-6, according to figures leaked to The Herald newspaper. This follows another 10 per cent rise in 2004-5. A spokesperson for SCRA would n

Posted: 29 June 2006 | Full Article

Funding warning for Scots parole rejig

A shake-up of Scotland's parole system will founder unless social work is given more resources, a criminal justice expert has warned.

Posted: 29 June 2006 | Full Article

Scottish social work services to be overhauled with £15 million funding

Funding of £15 million will help the Scottish executive, service providers and professionals implement more than 100 actions to improve social work services in Scotland, it was announced today.

Posted: 28 June 2006 | Full Article

Next steps of reform of children's services in Scotland announced

A consultation on a draft Bill to overhaul children’s services in Scotland will take place later this year, it emerged yesterday.

Posted: 23 June 2006 | Full Article

Call for costs review as waiting lists and meal charges undermine free care policy

Scottish MSPs say free care is good for service users but it must be made financially viable. Derren Hayes reports

Posted: 22 June 2006 | Full Article

Scottish support shortfall identified

Many people with learning difficulties in Scotland are still not being offered support to help them gain full-time work and develop relationships, a survey has found.

Posted: 22 June 2006 | Full Article

Executive plans to cut funding streams

The Scottish executive plans to reduce the number of public sector funding streams and how often it scrutinises councils.

Posted: 22 June 2006 | Full Article

Problems in funding free personal care in Scotland need resolving

Problems in funding free personal care for older people in Scotland must be resolved if the success of the policy is not to be undermined, a major inquiry has found.

Posted: 13 June 2006 | Full Article

New bed-blocking targets for Scotland

Scotland's councils and health boards have been set tougher targets on delayed discharges from hospital after meeting their goal to reduce them by 20 per cent in the past 12 months. Ministers now want them to cut all delays of more than six weeks by 50 per cent over the next year and to eradicate them by April 2008. From April 2005 to April 2006 there was a 21.7 per cent fall, from 636 to 498, in the number of patients whose transfer from hospital to local services was delayed by more than six weeks. Total delays also fell by 21.5 per cent. The number of patients delayed a year or more rose from 17 to 19. From www.scotland.gov.uk

Posted: 08 June 2006 | Full Article

Court fight looms as executive fails to settle row over food help charges

The long-running dispute over services covered by Scotland's free personal care policy could go before the courts after the Scottish executive renounced responsibility for the issue.

Posted: 08 June 2006 | Full Article

Argyll and Bute hits back over free personal care criticism

Argyll and Bute Council has hit back at criticism which claimed the council had denied more than 200 older people access to free personal care.

Posted: 06 June 2006 | Full Article

May 2006

Scots worry over post-order contact

Scotland's two largest councils say plans to strengthen contact arrangements for birth families of looked-after children could undermine prospective adoptions.

Posted: 25 May 2006 | Full Article

'Flagship policy is in disarray'

David Crawford, the new head of Scotland's social work directors' body, tells Derren Hayes that free personal care and child protection are key challenges for the year ahead

Posted: 25 May 2006 | Full Article

Association of Directors of Social Workers Annual Conference: Special Report

Click above to view our articles from the ADSW Annual Conference

Posted: 22 May 2006 | Full Article

Don't sign contracts, opt for collectivity

With the role of voluntary bodies under debate, Scottish agency Quarriers has shown the kind of work the sector can and should be doing.

Posted: 18 May 2006 | Full Article

Unison demands action on ‘culture of violence’ against professionals

Public sector union Unison has launched a campaign to give Scotland’s social workers and care staff more protection from violence and abuse.

Posted: 18 May 2006 | Full Article

New president accuses fast-track courses of failing to prime students for the front line

The new president of the Association of Directors of Social Work has hit out at fast-track training schemes, claiming they fail to prepare social work students for front-line practice.

Posted: 18 May 2006 | Full Article

Staff set for larger visual health role

Scotland’s social workers could play an earlier role in assessing clients for loss of eyesight or blindness under Scottish executive proposals.

Posted: 18 May 2006 | Full Article

The past is always present

An organisation is bringing into the open the hidden abuse of children in care and religious orders. Terry Philpot spoke to those at the forefront of the work in Scotland, themselves survivors of mistreatment, for whom a politician’s apology is far from adequate

Posted: 18 May 2006 | Full Article

Sixty Second Interview with Romy Langeland

60-Second Interview with Romy Langeland, chief executive of the Aberlour Childcare Trust

Posted: 16 May 2006 | Full Article

Intervene when parents misuse drugs, says minister

Evidence suggests social workers should intervene more when working with drug misusing parents, Scottish education minister Peter Peacock said at the Association of Directors of Social Work’s annual conference today.

Posted: 11 May 2006 | Full Article

Scottish probe into true cost of services

The Association of Directors of Social Work has commissioned a leading public finance specialist to research the true cost of providing children's services in Scotland.

Posted: 11 May 2006 | Full Article

Executive urged to invest in telecare

Scottish officials must invest far more money in technology to enable people to live in their own homes longer, according to experts in older people's services.

Posted: 11 May 2006 | Full Article

New laws may cut abuse prosecutions

Proposed legislation to protect vulnerable adults in Scotland could cut the number of prosecutions for abuse, the Scottish parliament's health committee has been warned.

Posted: 04 May 2006 | Full Article

Scottish health boards threatened over patients marooned in Carstairs

Scotland's Mental Welfare Commission could take health boards to the country's Mental Health Tribunal for failing to move some patients from Carstairs high-security hospital to more suitable facilities.

Posted: 04 May 2006 | Full Article

Scots professionals showing their age

Scotland's local authority social care workforce is ageing.

Posted: 04 May 2006 | Full Article

April 2006

Jack be quick, and learn

Scotland’s controversial first minister, Jack McConnell, has made no secret of his low opinion of social workers.

Posted: 27 April 2006 | Full Article

Scotland's inspectors running risk of prosecution after bureaucrats' gaffe

Children's services inspectors in Scotland could be prosecuted for failing to carry the correct paperwork because executive officials bungled the drafting of new regulations.

Posted: 26 April 2006 | Full Article

'Some families need us 24/7'

A pioneering scheme in Scotland that helps families tackle poor behaviour is winning plaudits. Derren Hayes speaks to John Wallace about the work of the Dundee Families Project

Posted: 26 April 2006 | Full Article

Legislation to improve regulations of charities comes into force

Tighter regulation of Scotland’s 20,000 charities begins today, as new legislation comes into effect.

Posted: 24 April 2006 | Full Article

Scots to roll out intensive support

A scheme to improve the behaviour of antisocial families by providing intensive social work, health and housing support is to be extended across Scotland.

Posted: 20 April 2006 | Full Article

Scots must focus more on prevention

Scotland's councils must put more effort into sustaining and supporting tenancies to stop people presenting as homeless, according to Shelter Scotland.

Posted: 13 April 2006 | Full Article

Scotland's monitors 'will spark tension'

New bodies charged with co-ordinating and monitoring Scotland's criminal justice services could create tensions between local authorities, a council chief says.

Posted: 13 April 2006 | Full Article

Scottish shake-up may be ditched

A reorganisation of Scotland's councils that could slash the number of social work departments may be delayed or even abandoned.

Posted: 13 April 2006 | Full Article

Unclear guidance to blame for problems

Scotland's councils are being wrongly blamed for problems with the country's free personal care policy, local government leaders have claimed.

Posted: 13 April 2006 | Full Article

Plans to reduce Scottish councils could be shelved

Radical proposals to dramatically cut the number of Scottish councils and senior managers across all departments could be shelved.

Posted: 07 April 2006 | Full Article

Confused councils are turning policy into a 'laughing stock', say charities

Scotland's free personal care policy could become a "laughing stock" because of problems with funding and waiting lists, older people's charities have claimed.

Posted: 06 April 2006 | Full Article

Better housing for children is urged

The Scottish and UK governments must pay "urgent attention" to the lack of suitable accommodation for young asylum seekers arriving in Scotland, a major report claims.

Posted: 06 April 2006 | Full Article

Community justice authorities to be set up in Scotland

Eight new community justice authorities are to “transform” the way Scotland’s high rate of re-offending is tackled, according to the government.

Posted: 03 April 2006 | Full Article

March 2006

‘Middle-aged staff more likely to stay’

Scottish social care employers may want to focus training on middle-aged staff because they are less likely to leave than younger staff, a Scottish executive official has said.

Posted: 30 March 2006 | Full Article

Scots staff will need extra training after critical report into killer’s case

Social workers in Scotland supervising conditionally discharged mental health patients will have to receive specialist training as mental health officers, or be directly supervised by an MHO.

Posted: 30 March 2006 | Full Article

Scots campaigners call for foster limits

Scotland’s national foster care strategy must bring the country into line with the rest of the UK by introducing a limit on the number of children placed with foster carers, campaigners say.

Posted: 30 March 2006 | Full Article

Scots bill to make care more flexible

Proposals to introduce new permanence orders, which give courts more flexibility in allocating parental responsibility for looked after children, have been published by the Scottish executive.

Posted: 30 March 2006 | Full Article

Adoption in Scotland to be radically overhauled

A new bill in Scotland published today will radically overhaul adoption north of the border.

Posted: 28 March 2006 | Full Article

Councils say Scots policy must change

Councils have called for changes to Scotland's flagship free personal care policy to counter financial pressures and inequity.

Posted: 23 March 2006 | Full Article

Drug tests call for parents in Scotland

Parents of children at risk of significant harm should have to take drug tests to inform care decisions, Scotland's social work directors have proposed.

Posted: 23 March 2006 | Full Article

Child poverty target met in Scotland

Scotland has met its target of reducing child poverty by a quarter by 2005 according to new figures released by the Scottish Executive yesterday.

Posted: 10 March 2006 | Full Article

Passionate and proud

Scottish social workers’ sense of identity has been strengthened since devolution. But a major review has recognised that front-line staff must be given more freedom to do their job. Anabel Unity Sale reports

Posted: 09 March 2006 | Full Article

Food preparation costs may be repaid

Dumfries and Galloway Council may refund nearly £500,000 in food preparation charges paid by people eligible for free personal care.

Posted: 09 March 2006 | Full Article

Scots care homes could net NHS cash

Residential care providers in Scotland hope to receive funding for care home beds directly from the NHS to end long-term delayed discharging.

Posted: 09 March 2006 | Full Article

Glasgow expands service integration

Agencies in Glasgow are to bring together 6,000 staff to provide integrated services, including social care, health, community safety and welfare support.

Posted: 09 March 2006 | Full Article

Edinburgh internet auction interests councils but alarms care providers

An internet auction system that allows potential contractors to underbid each other in real time could gain a foothold in the social care market after being pioneered by Edinburgh Council.

Posted: 09 March 2006 | Full Article

Scots inspectors bid to cut duplication

Scotland's local authorities and the country's Care Commission have begun talks aimed at streamlining the inspection process for community care providers.

Posted: 02 March 2006 | Full Article

Closure delayed as protesters sit tight

A sit-in by residents of a care home earmarked for closure has forced a Scottish council to delay deregistration.

Posted: 02 March 2006 | Full Article

February 2006

Pre-school policy helps vulnerable

The expansion of pre-school education in Scotland has benefited vulnerable children by intervening in their lives at a critical stage, a major report into the country's education system has found.

Posted: 23 February 2006 | Full Article

'We want front-line social workers to use their skills'

William Roe defends his 21st Century Review and tells Derren Hayes how Scotland's social workers need to be empowered to improve service users' lives

Posted: 16 February 2006 | Full Article

'We want front-line social workers to use their skills'

William Roe defends his 21st Century Review and tells Derren Hayes how Scotland's social workers need to be empowered to improve service users' lives

Posted: 16 February 2006 | Full Article

Scottish profession 'is over-regulated'

Social work in Scotland has been over-regulated by the Scottish parliament, a former Holyrood health minister has admitted. In a debate on the 21st Century Social Work Review in Scotland, Susan Deacon said the bureaucracy faced by front-line staff, which the review identified, was in part due to over-regulation. Deacon said: "We should acknowledge we were a wee bit too trigger-happy in the early years of devolution by putting in place more and more layers of legislation, regulation and inspection. "There was good intent, but many people are now reflecting on the practical implications of some of the arrangements." Education minister Peter Peacock also announced the creation of a forum for social work stakeholders to feed ideas into the cabinet group implementing the executive's reform proposals. See The Big Interview<

Posted: 16 February 2006 | Full Article

Free personal care under threat

Older people in parts of Scotland are being denied care home places and domiciliary services because councils have run out of funding.

Posted: 16 February 2006 | Full Article

'We want front-line social workers to use their skills'

William Roe defends his 21st Century Review and tells Derren Hayes how Scotland's social workers need to be empowered to improve service users' lives

Posted: 16 February 2006 | Full Article

Special report on the Scottish executive's response to the 21st Century Review of Social Work

New measures for social care in Scotland were announced by the Scottish executive this week.

Posted: 10 February 2006 | Full Article

'Para-professionals' set for Scotland

A new group of "para-professionals" are to work under the direction of social workers as part of a major overhaul proposed by the Scottish executive this week.

Posted: 09 February 2006 | Full Article

Setting up homes

We constantly hear that young people should be with families and not in residential care. So why is one Scottish authority building new children's homes? Sarah Wellard reports

Posted: 09 February 2006 | Full Article

Scottish support tribunals launched

A new tribunal system for Scotland that can help children secure extra education and support services is launched this week.

Posted: 09 February 2006 | Full Article

McConnell demands probe into

Scottish first minister Jack McConnell has called for a review of protection procedures for children whose parents misuse drugs, prompting concerns more young people could be taken into care.

Posted: 09 February 2006 | Full Article

Huge rise in Scots care cost forecast

The cost of Sotland's free personal care policy could triple over the next 50 years because of the ageing population, a report has warned.

Posted: 02 February 2006 | Full Article

Uproar at closure of Scotland's monitor

Mental health campaigners have hit out at the Scottish executive's failure to save its own advocacy agency from closure.

Posted: 02 February 2006 | Full Article

Scots to fund only inclusive services

The Scottish executive is unlikely in future to fund any mental health services that do not promote inclusion.

Posted: 02 February 2006 | Full Article

January 2006

Plea for cuts to bite softly in Scotland

Scottish charities have urged councils not to make across-the-board cuts in Supporting People budgets.

Posted: 26 January 2006 | Full Article

Scottish review rejects shake-up and backs social worker autonomy

Scotland's eagerly awaited 21st Century Review of Social Work report stops short of recommending wholesale structural reform and instead calls for "transformational change" in the way services are designed and delivered.

Posted: 26 January 2006 | Full Article

Scots union anger at pension plan

Tens of thousands of social workers and care staff in Scotland could lose the right to retire early if changes to pension rights are approved.

Posted: 26 January 2006 | Full Article

Scots charities fear loss of client trust

Child protection work delivered by voluntary organisations in Scotland could be severely undermined if they are forced to share sensitive client information with inspectors, a charity has warned.

Posted: 20 January 2006 | Full Article

Few have the guts to speak like John Kerr

When I moved to Easterhouse in the 1980s, one of the first people I visited was John Kerr, the founder of the Cranhill Credit Union.

Posted: 12 January 2006 | Full Article

Scots homes will not face fee hike

The Scottish executive has cut fees paid by care homes to register with the country's care regulator, despite initially planning to increase fees.

Posted: 12 January 2006 | Full Article

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

Celtic nations woo voluntary groups

The Scottish executive and Welsh assembly government have launched initiatives to increase the role of the voluntary sector in delivering social care and health services.

Posted: 05 January 2006 | Full Article

Scottish review less radical than mooted

The year-long review of social work in Scotland is likely to shy away from recommending radical reform of the profession, Community Care has learned.

Posted: 05 January 2006 | Full Article