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Law to bolster child protection announced in Labour’s first King’s Speech

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. The new Labour government has pledged to legislate to strengthen the child protection in its first King’s Speech, unveiled today. The long-awaited reform of the Mental Health Act 1983 and action to deliver “fair pay” for staff in adult social care are also included in its first legislative programme since taking office this month.

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Welcoming a new Government and what this means for adult social care

Social Care

Photo by Edmond Dantès The votes have been cast and the country has spoken. The new Government is now busy setting out its priorities and future direction as set out in its election manifesto. As a sector, adult social care will be adjusting to new ways of thinking, as together we get to know how the new ministerial team likes to work. This means huge change and an inevitably busy summer as we seek to build new relationships and agree a way forward.

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Council found to have racially discriminated against social worker lodges second appeal

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A council found by an employment tribunal to have racially discriminated against a social worker has lodged a second challenge to the decision after losing its initial appeal. Leicester City Council has sought permission to appeal to the Court of Appeal after the Employment Appeal Tribunal (EAT) last month rejected its challenge against a ruling that it had discriminated against Bindu Parma

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NASW Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill 2024

Social Work Blog

By Rachel Boyer, MSW, LMSW Ahead of the 2024 NASW National Conference, more than 200 social workers from 36 states and one U.S. Territory attended 172 meetings with Congressional offices in both the U.S. House and Senate on June 18, 2024. The purpose of these meetings was to build bipartisan support for key legislation that will expand access to care and assist the social work workforce.

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5 Must Haves for Case Management

Thousands of nonprofits rely on case management software to help collect data, manage programs, coordinate with agencies, and provide life-changing health and human services. Adopting a cloud-based case management platform is essential for nonprofits and government agencies to operate more efficiently and make better use of their funding and budget.

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I saw my mum forced to fight and cajole as a carer. When will politicians end the conspiracy of silence on adult social care? | Rory Kinnear

The Guardian

There are millions of carers, exhausted and sick of broken promises, yet neither Labour nor the Tories seem serious about reform My sister, Karina, suffered a lack of oxygen at birth causing her to have multiple complex health problems. For most of her life, after my father’s death, my mother was her sole carer. During that time, Mum argued and fought and shouted and cajoled and wrote and championed and filled-in-forms and coerced and harassed and endured and chivvied and filled-in-different-for

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How to Help a Loved One Obsessed with Suicide: Essential Steps and Treatments

Nnatasha Tracy

Seeing a loved one obsessed with suicide is heart-wrenching and frightening, especially when you don't know how to help. Discover vital steps to ensure their safety, understand their condition, and seek the professional help they need. Learn about effective treatments and how to find support for both you and your loved one in this critical time. Your loved one can get through this, and you can play a crucial role in their journey to recovery.

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My vision can become a reality, but we have yet to achieve it.

MQ Mental Health

MQ Ambassador Dr Esther Beierl is a data scientist, trial statistician, and psychometrician in psychology and mental health research (currently the University of Cambridge, previously the University of Oxford), yoga teacher, and personal trainer. She also has personal lived experience of mental health conditions. For Research Appreciation Day, Esther explains why data science is integral for mental health research.

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Mental Health Organizations Decry Supreme Court Decision Upholding the Criminalization People who are Unhoused

Social Work Blog

PRESS RELEASE: WASHINGTON, D.C. — The Bazelon Center for Mental Health Law, American Psychiatric Association, National Alliance on Mental Illness, National Association for Rural Mental Health, and National Association of Social Workers on June 28 released the following statement responding to the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Johnson v. Grants Pass : Today the Supreme Court held that laws that criminalize sleeping in public when no safe and accessible shelter options are available are not cru

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Health groups call for social care minimum wage to avert staffing crisis in England

The Guardian

Warning on ‘cycle of low wages’ comes as government pledges in king’s speech to introduce fair pay agreement A specific minimum wage for social care is needed if England is to avert a staffing crisis, according to leading thinktanks. Nuffield Trust and the Health Foundation have also called for the introduction of of national pay banding to tackle pernicious low pay in adult social care and encourage key workers to stay in the industry.

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Successful seminar on eco-social work In Rotterdam, Netherlands

International Federation of Social Workers

The IFSW Europe is glad to share the Successful seminar on eco-social work held in Rotterdam, Netherlands June 13 & 14 2024.

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Get Connected: Using Social Media for Social Work Success

Speaker: Gary Direnfeld, MSW, RSW.

You may have the clinical skills to manage a private practice, but your success could actually hinge on marketing skills. For a thriving practice, you need to differentiate yourself from others and present yourself in a way that attracts referrals. These days, much of that happens online, including on social media. In this webinar, Gary Direnfeld will discuss how social media marketing can help you build your private practice and grow your client base.

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Why I Hate Self-Compassion (But Might Embrace It Anyway)

Nnatasha Tracy

While I believe that everyone deserves it, I hate self-compassion. It seems like everyone should want self-compassion, and yet I don't want to give it to myself. This may sound counterintuitive, especially coming from someone in the mental health field. If you find yourself hating the idea of self-compassion or wonder why someone else would hate it, read on.

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Free Mental Health Webinars, July 2024

Social Work.Career

This post is part of the monthly series, Free Webinars for Social Workers and Mental Health Professionals, featuring over 35 free webcasts that we could find for you this month in the field of social work and mental health. To make it easier for you to find a webinar that is of interest to you, […] The post Free Mental Health Webinars, July 2024 appeared first on SocialWork.Career.

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The baby bust: how Britain’s falling birthrate is creating alarm in the economy

The Guardian

Costs, the climate crisis and choice are all factors in a demographic revolution presenting huge challenges for government • The falling birthrate threatens a disaster so costly no politician dares think about it Having children has become an unaffordable luxury for many of her generation, says Vanessa, a 35-year-old project manager living in Brighton.

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IFSW Side-event at the UN High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development

International Federation of Social Workers

On the 9th July the IFSW UN Commission team in North America hosted a side event at the United Nations High Level Political Forum on Sustainable Development.

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Number of children’s homes up 44% since 2020 as fostering sector shrinks

Community Care

The number of mainstream children’s homes in England has grown by 44% over the past four years, amid a contraction in the fostering sector. Children’s home numbers grew by 12% in the year to 31 March 2024, continuing significant increases seen in preceding years, showed Ofsted’s annual statistics on the social care sector, released last week.

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NASW Texas offers aid for those affected by Hurricane Beryl

Social Work Blog

Message from the the NASW Texas Chapter regarding Hurricane Beryl: As we assess the damage done by Hurricane Beryl, we know that many are without power and are evaluating their needs. We want to make sure we get the right resources to those in need. If you’re in the area impacted by the storm and have specific ways that we can help, don’t hesitate to reach out to us at: naswtex.naswtx@socialworkers.org.

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Study Reveals Widespread Misinformation About Depression

MQ Mental Health

A recent Finnish study reveals that people are often given misleading information about depression, making it harder for them to understand the causes of their distress. The researchers point out that most psychiatric diagnoses, including depression, are purely descriptive and do not explain the causes of symptoms. Despite this, depression is frequently discussed as a disorder that causes low mood and other symptoms, which the researchers describe as circular reasoning.

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Life as an unpaid carer in the UK: ‘I feel unseen and unheard – and politicians don’t offer much’

The Guardian

A daughter who gave up full-time work to help look after her mother reveals her emotional and financial struggle Unpaid UK carers ‘face financial hit that can last decades’ We’re in the haematology department at the hospital and they call my mum in. We go inside, sit down and the doctor tells us the results of the test: she has myeloma – blood cancer – but will need a bone marrow test to confirm it.

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Commonwealth Health Ministers Commit to Tackling Global Workforce Challenges in Health and Social Services

International Federation of Social Workers

The 36th Commonwealth Health Ministers Meeting (CHMM), held on 24-25 May 2024, spotlighted the pressing global challenges faced by the health and social services workforce.

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Stephen Kinnock appointed minister for social care

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Stephen Kinnock has been appointed as the minister with responsibility for adult social care in the new government. The Labour MP for Aberavon in Wales becomes minister of state for care in the Department of Health and Social Care. His appointment comes despite him never having held the portfolio as a shadow minister, in which capacity he had oversight over the Asia and Pacific region, the

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How to Manage Nausea and Vomiting in Patients with Serious Illness

CAPC

A palliative care clinician explains the ins and outs of nausea and vomiting in people living with serious illness, including causes, treatment, and patient-education.

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Youth Sports Benefits Mental Health in Adulthood Says Study

MQ Mental Health

A new study from Ohio State University reveals that adults who consistently played organized sports during their childhood have fewer symptoms of anxiety and depression than those who either never played or dropped out. Notably, those who dropped out of sports had poorer mental health than those who never participated at all. The research, published in the Sociology of Sport Journal, analyzed data from 3,931 adults nationwide, focusing on their childhood sports participation and current mental h

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The Guardian view on hospices: these special places can’t afford to be hidden | Editorial

The Guardian

Palliative care charities are facing a funding crisis – they should be included in Lord Darzi’s review of the NHS Close to 600,000 people die in the UK annually – a figure that was higher during the pandemic, but has since fallen back. More than half are at home or in a care home; most of the rest are in hospital. But for about 28,000 people who need specialist end-of-life care (nearly 5% of all deaths), a hospice is where they receive it.

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Daily Herald, July 17, 2024

Shelter, Inc

Housing for girls and young women who are victims of commercial sexual exploitation and domestic trafficking is expected to open next year in Palatine. Read the Daily Herald article here. The post Daily Herald, July 17, 2024 first appeared on Shelter, Inc.

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Fostering Families: a relationship-based alternative to separating them

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. By Zoe Ash and Toni Mayo Many statutory social workers find themselves in an uncomfortable dilemma when carrying out their duties. Contrary to the values that lead most into their profession, we can find ourselves in the profoundly uncomfortable position of causing unequivocal psychological harm when separating children from their parents.

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American Heart Association's Releases Scientific Statement about Palliative Care

CAPC

The American Heart Association states that palliative care is beneficial for people living with cardiovascular disease in managing symptoms and improving their quality of life.

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Perimenopausal Women Have an Increased Risk of Depression

MQ Mental Health

A new study by UCL, published in the Journal of Affective Disorders, found that women are 40% more likely to experience depression during perimenopause than those not experiencing menopausal symptoms. A meta-analysis of seven studies involving 9,141 women from around the world showed perimenopausal women had a significantly higher risk of depressive symptoms compared to premenopausal women.

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Fifth of UK hospices cutting services amid funding crisis, finds report

The Guardian

Sector says ‘too many people dying in avoidable pain’, with soaring numbers being pushed back into the NHS One in five hospices in the UK are cutting services amid the worst funding crisis in two decades, a report has warned, with soaring numbers of patients being pushed back into the NHS. Research by Hospice UK found “small and wildly varying” state funding had failed to keep pace with growing demand and rising running costs.

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Social Work Recognised at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting 2024

International Federation of Social Workers

Social Work will be present and active at the upcoming Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) 2024, to be held in Samoa this October.

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Postgraduate apprenticeships provide new route into social work

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. A new route has opened up to become a social worker in England with the launch of postgraduate apprenticeships. Three master’s apprenticeship courses have been approved by Social Work England with a further three seeking validation to start taking students.

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Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation Announces GUIDE Model Participants

CAPC

The Center for Medicare and Medicaid Innovation (CMMI) has released the names of 390 organizations that will provide holistic, person-centered care to Medicare beneficiaries with dementia.

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Ask Nicole: Do We Need a MOU for Our Partnership?

Nicole Clark Consulting

Have a question you’d like to be featured? Let me know. As your organization builds partnerships with other organizations, engaging the right partners is crucial to facilitating a process that’s mutually beneficial. The success of these partnerships hinges not just on the shared vision but also on the clarity and structures. One of the most effective ways [.

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Migrant nurse wins legal boost in unfair dismissal claim against UK firm

The Guardian

Exclusive: ‘Vital’ recognition of migrant care worker’s plight may pave way for more cases, says union leader A migrant nurse could be eligible for a significant payout from a British healthcare company after an employment judge ruled he was likely to win his case for unfair dismissal, in a judgment that could pave the way for dozens of other such cases.

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Call to Action: Psychological Interventions for Persons with Sensory Impairments

Society of Clinical Psychology

Persons with hearing or vision impairments (HI/VI) are at increased risk for mental health problems. Several studies have examined the efficacy of psychological interventions on the mental health of both populations. However, evidence-based research on psychological interventions for these populations is still in its early stages. For these reasons, we conducted a literature review and the first meta-analysis of psychological interventions for persons with either HI or VI.

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Agency social worker numbers coming down in children’s services, says ADCS president

Community Care

Note: There is a poll embedded within this post, please visit the site to participate in this post's poll. Agency social workers numbers are coming down in children’s services in England following significant increases in their use by councils in recent years, a sector leader has said. Association of Directors of Children’s Services president Andy Smith told Community Care he believed the trend was the result of the planned introduction of rules later this year to curb councils’