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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
Care Bill: House of Lords evidence from SCIE 05 February 2014Open
SCIE's written evidence to the House of Lords, concerning the Care Bill, has been published. Issues covered include commissioning and prevention, integration, and participation and co-production.
SCIE supports the Care Bill and its aim to establish a coherent and comprehensive piece of legislation that has the wellbeing of individuals at its heart.Written evidence submitted by Social Care Institute for Excellence
Dignity Action Day 31 January 2014Open
1 February is Dignity Action Day. Twitter hashtag #dad2014
Everyone has the right to be treated with dignity and respect, including people who use care services. Dignity Action Day on 1 February is an opportunity for care and health staff to demonstrate and celebrate how they are supporting people’s dignity. As a member of the national Dignity Council, SCIE is delighted to support the day by sharing our knowledge about good practice through Twitter, Facebook and our website. We are sharing top tips on how to uphold people’s right to dignity such as: don’t assume you know what people want; always ask and train your staff so that they can communicate clearly.SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter
A and E figures: SCIE response 29 January 2014Open
Figures from the Health and Social Care Information Centre show that the number of older people going to casualty has increased in recent years.
These figures show a worrying increase in older people’s admission to A and E; it’s an urgent issue for policy-makers and care staff. It’s easy for people to respond to the report by laying the fault, separately at the door of GPs, social care staff and other services in the community. Our evidence shows that more effective joint working between community-based health and care services can reduce all types of unnecessary hospital admissions, not just those to A and E.SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter
Palliative or "End of life" care? Video and survey 24 January 2014Open
Recently, as part of a film project, we posed the question to the general public: "What do you think and feel when you hear the terms 'palliative' and 'End of life' care?" Responses will be fed into our new project on terms used by professionals. We're also running a survey that you can take part in. It asks what you think and feel when you hear the terms 'palliative' and 'end of life' care.
Autism quality standard - SCIE response 21 January 2014Open
Autism is a lifelong condition affecting than half a million people in the UK. Of these 80,000 are thought to be children of school age. A new quality standard, from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence, contains eight measurable statements, which together can improve the quality and consistency of care for people with the condition.
People with autism should expect to access good quality care and support from health and social care services, when needing it, in order to live a good life.SCIE's Chief Executive, Tony Hunter
Steve Palmer, Press Manager, Social Care Institute for Excellence.
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