SCIE news and events - 131 to 140
Adult safeguarding for housing staff 24 April 2014Open
Housing staff have a vital role to play in safeguarding adults from abuse, neglect and harm, working alongside their colleagues in social care, health and the police. They are well placed to identify people at risk of abuse and it is important that they work in partnership to coordinate responses and know when to share information. A new guide, produced by SCIE, improves communication and joint working between housing staff and their safeguarding partners, particularly local authority social care staff with safeguarding responsibilities. SCIE has also produced a promotional film to raise awareness of the Guide.
Investing in adult social work: SCIE response 08 April 2014Open
The College of Social Work has today launched several key documents outlining the case for investing in adult social work. Here’s SCIE’s response
SCIE welcomes the College demonstrating its role as speaking for the social work profession by commissioning material to support its business case for adult social work. The documents published today are a mixture of research, including international material, and expert opinion. They provide a timely contribution to Care Bill implementation. This initiative encourages informed discussion about the contribution and best use of social work in achieving the aims of the Care Act 2015.SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter
Whistleblowing: call for practice 01 April 2014Open
Send us your examples of good organisational practice on whistleblowing. We wish to hear about what is in place to support improvements in practice, how organisations have managed to avoid the need to whistle blow by its actions, and what a listening organisation might look like in reality. We hope to use the examples in a future Social Care TV film. Closing date: 11 April 2014
Social Care TV: Improved, renewed and updated 27 March 2014Open
Everyone involved in social care will want to know about Social Care TV, which, it’s announced today, is being updated to fully support social care workers’ learning and development. Launched in 2009, Social Care TV is the online channel created to show the work and lives of people involved in social care. Many of the 120 films in the catalogue have now been reviewed and updated, to focus more on learning and development. They include learning points, written in plain English, as part of staff members’ continued professional development, so that they can keep on improving the lives of people who use services. Films can be watched on computers but also on hand-held devices via You Tube.
Assessed and Supported Year in Employment 27 March 2014Open
Social workers’ jobs are complex. They need to develop skills, knowledge and professional competence. During their first year in practice Social workers will face many challenges, but will achieve just as many rewards. This is known as the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE). A new film, launched today on Social Care TV, shows how effective a good ASYE can be for social workers and their employers. The film was made in collaboration with Skills for Care and The College of Social Work. Social Care TV, bring the topics alive through the stories of people who use services, their families, friends, and staff who support them.
Children and Families Act 2014 gains royal assent 14 March 2014Open
The Children and Families Act 2014 gained royal assent on13 March 2014.
SCIE is particularly pleased that the Act will give children in care the legal right to stay with their foster families until they turn 21, not 18 as is the current situation. We also welcome making young carers’ and parent carers’ rights to support from councils much clearer.Tony Hunter, Chief Executive, SCIE
House of Lords: Mental capacity 13 March 2014Open
A report today publishes the findings of a House of Lords Committee, which convened to consider and report on the Mental Capacity Act 2005. Here's SCIE's response
The House of Lords Select Committee report on the Mental Capacity Act and Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards provides an insightful analysis of this complex area. SCIE agrees that embedding the principles of the Act, and ensuring that people are not deprived unnecessarily of their liberty is at the heart of a personalised care system which treats people with dignity and respect.SCIE's Chief Executive Tony Hunter
Digital working, learning and sharing 06 March 2014Open
SCIE, the Department of Health, Skills for Care, the National Skills Academy for Social Care and The College of Social Work have developed a workforce strategy to support the use of digital technology within adult social care. The strategy sets out the principles for implementing digital working, learning and information sharing.
Digital technology offers social care staff a real opportunity to learn, share and work together. We know that our elearning resources and online Social Care TV films are consistently popular amongst care workers and trainers. Digital works. So we are delighted to sign up to this new workforce development strategy.”Stephen Goulder, SCIE’s Director of Corporate Services, speaking at today's launch
- Digital working, learning and information sharing: A workforce development strategy for adult social care
Mental health crisis care: SCIE response 18 February 2014Open
Public services should work together to respond to people who are in mental health crisis. That's the conclusion of a joint statement, signed by many organisations that provide public services, from police and ambulance services to social care and health.
This concordat is an important step in improving services for people with mental health problems. In particular, SCIE welcomes the inclusion of prevention and recovery in the agreement. The evidence from the sector shows us that joint working is essential to the delivery of effective support to people of all ages with mental health problems. GPs, A&E, care services, and employment and leisure services all have an important role to play in preventing, identifying and supporting the many people who are affected by mental health problems at some stage of their lives. SCIE will continue to prioritise this issue. For example, we are developing, as part of our support for the integration agenda, guidance on the use of combined personal health and personal care budgets, to support people with mental health problems.SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter
Social work education review 13 February 2014Open
SCIE welcomes Sir Martin Narey's review of social work education.
Social workers need to be well prepared for a challenging career. Martin Narey’s report on social work education is a very useful analysis of the current system. SCIE welcomes the emphasis on providing greater clarity about the skills and knowledge that all new social workers must have. We also agree that we need to maintain a generic profession, but with flexibility to specialise- for example - in children’s services during training. We also encourage all universities to improve how they involve people who use services in the development and delivery of training, and to take full advantage of the reliable training materials currently available, including SCIE resources.Tony Hunter, Chief Executive, SCIE
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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