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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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Top 5 breakthroughs in mental health research

MQ Mental Health

This #ResearchAppreciationDay we are celebrating five recent breakthroughs in mental health research. Some of the members of the IDEA team 1. We are learning more about the role of inflammation in depression Researchers on the IDEA Flame project are working to understand the biological mechanisms behind depression. They have found that adolescent boys and girls with depression have different inflammation markers in their blood.

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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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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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Who’s afraid of Paris Hilton?

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

It turns out, Paris Hilton knows more about "residential treatment facilities" than at least one self-proclaimed "child welfare scholar." (Photto by Peter Schäfermeier, via Wikimedia Commons) In a previous post , I noted the increasing desperation of Richard Barth. The former Dean of the University of Maryland School of Social Work and self-proclaimed “child welfare scholar” seeks to run from the fact that the system he’s done so much to build and maintain – the family policing system – has fail

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Lib Dems to push for cross-party talks on tackling social care

The Guardian

Exclusive: party to use biggest-ever cohort of MPs to get ‘essential decisions’ made on issue that ‘cut-through’ General election 2024: live news The Liberal Democrats plan to use their best-ever contingent of 71 MPs to push Keir Starmer to begin cross-party talks on a new plan for social care, saying the issue was raised repeatedly by voters during their election campaign.

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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How children are missing out on family care because councils fail to consider overseas placements

Community Care

By Sorcha Morgan, head of service, CFAB Recently, I closed Baby Leo’s case. His mother had been unable to care for him due to her substance misuse and consideration was given to him being cared for by his maternal grandmother in Italy, who had been identified as a potential carer earlier in proceedings. The local authority had initially sought an assessment through the Central Authority for the Hague Convention 1996 (see box) but the standard of reporting and analysis was too brief and so the lo

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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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‘Nihil de Nobis, Sine Nobis’: Patient Involvement in Research Is Key

MQ Mental Health

For Research Appreciation Day, Dr Chukwuemeka Nwuba, a speciality doctor in eating disorders, explains why patient participation is integral in research. Working collaboratively in the healthcare space is absolutely essential; there is no single service, hospital, or clinician that can operate independently of wider systems and organisations. And by far the most important people that should be at the centre of such collaboration—and of pretty much every decision both strategic and operational—a

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Try This: Narrow Your Partnership Focus

Nicole Clark Consulting

Try this activity and let me know how it goes for you. Inviting organizations to join a partnership requires strategizing on who to invite, articulating the partnership’s value add, each partner knowing their role, and being open to shifts in how partners participate over time. While a partnership works in service of addressing an emerging [.] The post Try This: Narrow Your Partnership Focus appeared first on Nicole Clark Consulting.

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Study Addresses Palliative Care Underutilization in Nursing Homes

CAPC

A recent study highlights the need to implement standardized referral criteria for equitable access to palliative care for nursing home residents.

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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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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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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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Try This: Narrow Your Partnership’s Focus

Nicole Clark Consulting

Try this activity and let me know how it goes for you. Inviting organizations to join a partnership requires strategizing on who to invite, articulating the partnership’s value add, each partner knowing their role, and being open to shifts in how partners participate over time. While a partnership works in service of addressing an emerging [.] The post Try This: Narrow Your Partnership’s Focus appeared first on Nicole Clark Consulting.

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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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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.