Tue.Nov 28, 2023

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Councils breaching guidance by not taking homeless teenagers into care, suggests Children’s Commissioner

Community Care

Councils appear to be breaching statutory guidance by not taking homeless 16- and 17-year-olds into care when they should, the Children’s Commissioner for England has concluded. Just 40% of young people presenting to English councils as homeless in 2022-23 – excluding unaccompanied asylum seekers – were accommodated, Of these, 39% were taken into care under section 20 of the Children Act 1989, with the rest accommodated under section 17 or homelessness legislation, according to

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NCCPR news and commentary round-up, weeks ending Nov. 28, 2023

NCCPR Child Welfare Blog

● Through the story of a mother whose children were torn from her after she did the right thing -- fleeing an abusive partner and going, with her children to a shelter -- and through the work of a former family police caseworker turned whistleblower, WBTV in Charlotte, NC and the online magazine The Assembly tell the story of how family policing really works.


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December Difficulties: Common Christmas Concerns To Mental Health

MQ Mental Health

Dark nights, bright lights, and Christmas adverts on the telly, the festive season has begun. Amidst the wishes of peace and good will there are many challenges to our mental health. It’s not uncommon for mental illnesses to be exacerbated at this time of year. In fact, a study in 2021-22 found that anxiety and depression rose sharply over December in 2021, and life satisfaction dropped between November and December that year reaching the lowest levels since March during lockdowns.

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The Intersection of Psychedelics and Mental Health Treatment

Social Work Blog

By Sue Coyle The use of psychedelics for healing is not new. There is evidence that ancient civilizations throughout the world used psychedelics for a variety of reasons for a very long time, extending well into the modern era. In fact, in the 1950s and first half of the 1960s, psychiatrists, researchers and other professionals were both studying and prescribing psychedelics to help patients struggling with their mental health.

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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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NCASC 2023: back to Bournemouth for big conversations

Social Care

The National Children and Adults Services Conference (#NCASC23) returns to the Jurassic Coast and the Bournemouth International Conference Centre (BIC) this week (29 November – 1 December). One of the biggest conferences in the social care calendar, it is a coming together of care sector partners, policy makers and organisations with responsibilities for children and adult services in the statutory, voluntary and private sectors.

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How Children Learn to Regulate Their Emotions

Social Work Blog

“Emotional intelligence is a term used to describe a person’s ability to understand, interpret, express and manage their own emotions, and to navigate interpersonal relationships with awareness, empathy and an appreciation for the emotional experiences of others,” says NASW-New York City member Michelle Felder , LCSW, who is quoted in an article on Care.com.

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