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When Governments Practice Foresight

Social Work Futures

What does it look like when an entire government or a large government agency commits to a futures lens? Africa Foresight Academy (both private sector and government mentioned). Foresight, insight and oversight: Enhancing long-term governance (2019).

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Government scraps NAAS social work accreditation scheme

Community Care

We also know that retaining enough experienced social workers is a big challenge and ADCS urges the government to use this opportunity to develop a national recruitment and retention strategy to encourage more people into the profession, and crucially to want to stay.

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Care review lead: government must go further and faster in response

Community Care

Government as a whole therefore needs to prioritise legislative time and investment for these children.”

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Government ends interventions at improved councils

Community Care

The government has ended statutory interventions in two council children’s services, while removing a commissioner appointed to direct improvements at a third.

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Government to create register of children not in school

Community Care

The government will create a register of children who are not in school following longstanding safeguarding concerns around home education.

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Pre-mobile infant bruising should not automatically prompt section 47s, say government advisers

Community Care

Councils should stop automatically triggering child protection enquiries under section 47 of the Children Act 1989 in response to bruising in pre-mobile infants, government advisers have said.

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How the government plans to implement the Liberty Protection Safeguards

Community Care

The government has decided to produce one overarching code to ensure the principles of the MCA are embedded in the LPS from its introduction. By Tim Spencer-Lane, legal editor, CC Inform.

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Cap on care costs: government reportedly planning delay of a year

Community Care

Council leaders have welcomed reports that the government will delay implementing its cap on care costs for a year, but warned that the funding allocated to the reform should be retained by authorities. Theresa May’s government then scrapped them altogether in 2017.

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Delay cap on care costs, council heads urge government

Community Care

The government must delay the implementation of its social care reforms to avoid making services worse, council heads have warned.

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Government examining how councils can take more social work students

Community Care

The government is examining how councils can place more social work students to meet its ambitions to increase numbers coming into the profession. It added: “The government plans to invest in new and existing training routes for people who want to become social workers.

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Welsh Government consulting on eliminating profit-making provision for children in care

Community Care

The Welsh Government has opened a consultation on plans to eliminate profit-making residential and fostering provision for children in care. The Welsh Government’s consultation runs until midnight on 7 November 2022.

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Social care funding rise ‘should deliver tangible service improvements’, says government

Community Care

An increase in adult social care funding next year should deliver “tangible improvements” to services, the government told councils today. ‘Government has listened’ Michael Gove (credit: HM Government).

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Combine social work with scientific methods to boost reliability of age checks, experts advise government

Community Care

That was the verdict from government advisers, in a report last week advising ministers on how to introduce their controversial plans, opposed by campaigners, to introduce of scientific methods where there are doubts over claimants’ age.

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Government boosts nursing home payments as vacancies continue to mount

Community Care

The government has increased weekly payments for care home residents with nursing needs by 11.5% as vacancies for nurses working in social care continue to mount.

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Government Covid funding for adult social care ends

Community Care

‘Adding further pressures to underfunded sector’ A Local Government Association spokesperson said: “The loss of funding streams for social care puts councils and providers onto an even more unstable footing and highlights how volatile the financial situation is within social care.

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Twenty per cent rise in children’s social workers quitting sector last year, suggest government figures

Community Care

The number of council child and family social workers in England quitting children’s services altogether rose by 22% last year, suggest government figures. Sharp rise in children’s social workers leaving council roles, government figures show. By Charlotte Goddard and Mithran Samuel.

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CQC urges government to fund better pay for care staff to tackle ‘gridlocked’ system

Community Care

The government must fund better pay and training for adult social care staff to tackle a deepening workforce crisis that is undermining the quality of services.

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‘Unsustainable’ reliance on agency care staff needs urgent government action, warns provider body

Community Care

Social care’s “increasingly unsustainable reliance” on agency staff needs urgent government intervention, a provider body has warned. Government seeks overseas care staff to fill mounting shortages.

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Peers overturn government cap on care costs change for second time

Community Care

The House of Lords has rejected – for a second time – a government change to the cap on care costs that would reduce its benefit to less wealthy people. “The government talk about levelling up for disabled people, but really they are doing the opposite.

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Social care secretary back in post as government mulls delay to cap on care costs

Community Care

Adult social care has a new cabinet minister as the government mulls delaying its proposed funding reforms, including the cap on care costs. By Mithran Samuel and Anastasia Koutsounia.

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Cap on care costs: government change reducing benefit for less wealthy becomes law

Community Care

A government change reducing the cap on care costs’ benefit to less wealthy people has become law, following a parliamentary battle. The government says its change will save £900m a year.

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Sharp rise in children’s social workers leaving council roles, government figures show

Community Care

Those who were managers rose to 21.7%, up from 19.9%, a trend described as “concerning” by Josh MacAlister who is leading the government-commissioned children’s social care review. Government examining how councils can take more social work students.

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Government age assessment changes would undermine social workers, campaigners warn

Community Care

Campaigners have accused the government of undermining practitioners’ knowledge and experience with its proposals to tighten age assessments for unaccompanied young people claiming asylum. Story updated 3 November 2021.

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Children adopted from care falls to lowest in 21 years, government figures show

Community Care

In its latest adoption strategy , published in July, the government said it wanted to cut waits for children with a placement order to less than 18 months, saying it was “unacceptable” that 1,000 children were waiting longer than this.

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Care cap pilot councils pause work after government announces two-year delay to reforms

Community Care

Councils piloting the cap on care costs have paused their work after the government announced a two-year delay to the policy. These had been due to start last month, but were paused when it was first rumoured that the government would delay the reforms.

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More social workers needed to deal with hundreds of thousands more assessments, government confirms

Community Care

Councils will need to recruit more adults’ social workers to deal with hundreds of thousands more assessments and reviews per year on the back of care funding reforms, the government has confirmed.

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Logan Mwangi review sparks government action on safeguarding but no children’s care inquiry

Community Care

Wales remains the only UK nation not to have commissioned a review of its children’s social care services, after the Welsh Government resisted calls to do so following the inquiry into Logan Mwangi’s murder.

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Government must fund £10.50 social care minimum wage, urge migration advisers

Community Care

The UK government must fully fund the introduction of a £10.50-an-hour minimum wage for adult social care care workers in England, its migration advisers have urged. Government to consider recommendations. “We

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Ordinary residence: section 117 approach remains unsettled despite government court win

Community Care

The way ordinary residence is determined for mental health aftercare remains unsettled, despite the government winning a court ruling relating to its radical new approach to the issue. Learn about the government’s new approach. High Court rules against government… .

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Cap on care costs ‘will do little for less well off’ following government change

Community Care

The government’s care funding reforms will do very little for those with longstanding needs and modest wealth, following changes that reduce their benefit for the less well-off.

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Care review ‘will address social work caseloads’, says Northern Ireland government

Community Care

Social work caseloads will be explicitly addressed in a government-commissioned independent review of children’s social care in Northern Ireland, launched last week. The UK government has said MacAlister cannot assume additional government funding to implement his recommendations.

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Government reinstates cap on care costs change that cuts benefit to less well-off

Community Care

The government has reinstated a change to the cap on care costs that will reduce its benefit to less wealthy people. ” The government also overturned a Lords vote to bring forward the implementation of the cap to April 2023, in order to maintain its planned October 2023 start date.

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English councils need £2.7bn more for children’s social care by 2025, LGA warns government

Community Care

English councils need £2.7bn more in funding for children social care by 2024-25, the Local Government Association (LGA) has warned, ahead of the government’s spending review this week.

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Government should be required to ensure enough secure placements, says Children’s Commissioner

Community Care

The government should be responsible for ensuring there are enough secure placements for looked-after children to address the current shortage, the Children’s Commissioner for England has said.

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Care cap: government change leaves less well-off at risk of ‘catastrophic’ bills, analysis finds

Community Care

People with less wealth and in poorer regions will have significantly reduced protection against “catastrophic” care costs due to a government change to the way the cap on care costs will work, an analysis has found.

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Devolved governments raise funding concerns about UK policy compelling councils to take asylum-seeking children

Community Care

The Scottish and Welsh governments are seeking an urgent meeting with the Home Office to raise concerns over its now-mandatory requirement for UK councils to take unaccompanied asylum-seeking children.

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Government introduces target on percentage of agency social workers in children’s workforce

Community Care

The government will assess the percentage of agency social workers in the children’s services workforce as a measurement of how successful its latest spending review has been. Cafcass asks government to fund agency social worker recruitment as staff reach ‘breaking point’.

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Government needs ‘compelling reasons’ not to remove children’s services from council

Community Care

Currently, children’s social care services are run outside of council control in 11 of the 152 English council areas, either because of voluntary decisions by councils or through government imposition.

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Ukraine refugee payments should not count for care charges, says government

Community Care

People who take Ukrainian refugees into their homes should not have the money they receive for doing so counted for the purposes of care charges, the government has said.

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‘Councils have been short-changed. We need more government money’

The Guardian

Local government Politics Society Rishi Sunak Michael Gove Tax and spending Council tax Social care Business UK newsAfter years of austerity followed by Covid, local authorities are millions short on budgets. What has happened to ‘levelling up?’