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The two billion pound question: Is there an opportunity to move from meeting to managing demand?

It is a year since the 2017 Spring Budget, when Chancellor Philip Hammond announced an additional £2 billion of funding for social care for English councils. With £1 billion of the funding almost spent, and another £1 billion to be invested by March 2020, this is a timely moment to assess what has been achieved so far and to reflect on how the rest of the funding could best be used. The two billion pound question is therefore this – will the extra money promote a much-needed step-change at the health and care interface, enabling both systems to work better together in the interests of users, or will it have been just a temporary funding fix that ultimately changed very little? The report argues that, whilst the funding has helped to meet demand within the system through reduced delayed transfers of care, sustainable change is only possible if more of the £2 billion is used to manage demand, not just meet it.

21st March 2018

Health and care explained: how the system works and how it is changing

This event was designed for anyone working in the NHS, public, private, academic and third sector who would like to gain a greater understanding of how the health and care system currently works and how it is changing.

16th March 2018

Models of practice

Ofsted has published a blog about models of practice in children’s social care by its National Director, Social Care, Eleanor Schooling. The blog emphasises that Ofsted has no preferred model of practice, sets out the risks and benefits involved in implementing a model of practice and outlines the key elements of successful implementation.

13th March 2018

Learning from serious case reviews: infants

The NSPCC has published a briefing summarising the learning from serious case review reports published during 2017, where children aged two or under were the subject of the review. Key issues identified include: vulnerable parents may need extra support to care for their baby and keep them safe; premature babies may be more vulnerable to abuse and neglect; professional optimism may lead to risks being underestimated.

12th March 2018

BASW England Student Conference 2018

Delegates are invited to prepare a poster presentation based on one of the course themes. The best 12 poster presentations will be selected and displayed at the conference and their creators will have opportunity to share their presentations with other delegates. Please email submissions to: by 16/3/18.

28th February 2018

Making sense of integrated care systems, integrated care partnerships and accountable care organisations in the NHS in England

NHS England has recently changed the name of accountable care systems to integrated care systems, which describes more accurately the work being done in the 10 areas of England operating in this way. The King's Fund updated long read looks at work under way in these systems and at NHS England’s proposals for an accountable care organisation contract.

22nd February 2018

Reducing parental conflict hub (Early Intervention Foundation)

This hub is for local leaders, commissioners, practitioners and researchers who are looking to reduce the impact of parental conflict on children. It provides a central repository of key 'what works' evidence and tools, including why parental conflict matters for children's outcomes, and guidance on how to take action. The hub will continue to grow as new evidence and tools are created.

13th February 2018

Child sexual exploitation - evidence briefings (University of Bedfordshire)

The University of Bedfordshire has published a series of briefing papers summarising findings from the Alexi project, a three-year evaluation of the ‘hub and spoke’ model of child sexual exploitation (CSE) service development in England. The four briefings are: • The role of the voluntary sector in protecting children from sexual exploitation • Voluntary and statutory sector partnerships in local responses to child sexual exploitation • The Children and Social Work Act: the role of voluntary sector CSE services in new safeguarding arrangements • The challenge of outcomes measurement in CSE services.

13th February 2018

How can we improve support for young carers? (Healthwatch)

Young carers have a lot of added responsibilities compared to other people their age. To find out what young carers need, in the last year two local Healthwatch in Leicester and North Somerset have run events and forums to listen to their experiences. Their work identified four areas where young carers said they could be better supported.

13th February 2018

Impact of world events on children (Mental Health Foundation)

The Mental Health Foundation has released findings from a YouGov survey about the impact of world events on children. This follows its publication of a guide to help parents talk to their children about worrying events. Survey findings include: 39% of parents were concerned that their children were becoming more anxious about world and national events, 24% had noticed their children seeking reassurance, and 13% reported that their children had asked to avoid activities such as using public transport or going to busy public places following worrying events.

13th February 2018

New survey shows half of all schoolchildren feel sad or anxious every week

Barnardo’s has released figures from a YouGov survey of 12 to 16 year-olds in England. Findings include: 48% of 12 year olds surveyed reported feeling sad or anxious at least once a week; by the age of 16, 70% reported feeling sad or anxious at least once a week with 22% having negative feelings as much as once a day.

13th February 2018

NSPCC survey: children’s disclosures of abuse

The NSPCC is developing Professionals breaking the silence, a practical resource to support professionals working with children to confidently deal with disclosures of abuse and improve children’s experiences of the disclosure process. To help develop the resource the NSPCC would like to hear from professionals who work directly and indirectly with children and young people about their experiences of listening to children and receiving disclosures of abuse and neglect. The NSPCC are keen to have the views of a range of professionals including: police officers, sports coaches, teachers, school counsellors, school nurses or anyone else who works in a school, social workers, GPs, health visitors, foster carers, adoptive parents or anyone involved with children through the family court system. The survey closes on 25 March 2018.

13th February 2018

Female genital mutilation

To mark International day of zero tolerance for female genital mutilation (FGM) on 6 February, the Guardian published two videos to explain what FGM is and its consequences.

13th February 2018

Social Media, Social Capital and Adolescents Living in State Care: A Multi-Perspective and Multi-Method Qualitative Study

Young people in care benefit from the psychological, emotional and social support gained via social media networks – according to new research from the University of East Anglia’s Centre for Research on the Child and Family (CRCF). Until now, the automatic assumption has been that platforms such as Facebook, Instagram and WhatsApp only pose a risk for this vulnerable group. But social media can help young people living in state care maintain healthy and appropriate birth family relationships and friendships, make new connections and ease transitions between placements and into adult independence. The research is published today in the British Journal of Social Work, ahead of Safer Internet Day 2018 Tuesday, February 6, 2018. Researchers investigated how young people living in state care can benefit from social media use.

5th February 2018

How have public attitudes to the NHS changed over the past three decades?

If you want to know whether the British public has changed its views about health care over the past three decades, then there is no better place to look than the British Social Attitudes (BSA) survey. Every year since 1983 the BSA survey, conducted by NatCen Social Research, has been asking members of the British public for their views on what it’s like to live in Britain and what they think about how Britain is run. The results give a snapshot of attitudes from a representative sample of more than 3,000 adults in Britain selected at random each year.1 The survey also provides valuable long-term trend data because some of the questions are asked every year.

5th February 2018

The Named Social Worker Update

The Department The Department of Health initiated the Named Social Worker programme to build an understanding of how having a named social worker can contribute to the quality of life, for individuals with learning disabilities, autism or mental health needs. It aims to put people and their families in control of decisions about their future, supporting them to live with dignity and independence. It is about trying something different, piloting new ideas and generating early and indicative evidence as to their impact. What's been happening on the programme? The six pilot sites have been busy implementing their approaches to Named Social Work and in the last few months lots has been happening...

5th February 2018

Medicines management for people receiving social care in the community

Comments are currently being sought on this draft quality standard which covers the support available for medicines management for people receiving social care in the community. The consultation closes on 23 February 2018.

5th February 2018

Your chance to share your thoughts on the Mental Health Act

The Independent Review of the MHA: surveys are now live, with a closing date of 28 February. The review is seeking responses from both people who use services and carers.

5th February 2018

European Union (Withdrawal) Bill

The Brexit and Children coalition have published two Parliamentary briefings ahead of the second reading of the European Union (Withdrawal) Bill in the House of Lords on 31 January 2018. The briefings cover: the protection and promotion of children’s rights; and ensuring cross-border mechanisms are in place to safeguard children.

5th February 2018

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