SCIE news and events - 351 to 360

  • Improving protection for people with learning disabilities 08 August 2012Open

    The report into the abuse of people with learning disabilities at Winterbourne View, published on 7 August, catalogues a series of serious failings both by the hospital and agencies involved in safeguarding adults.

    The serious case review into the Winterbourne View case highlighted failures throughout the safeguarding system, and commissioners, regulators and providers of services all have something to learn from the review’s conclusions. SCIE’s work on safeguarding can help to keep people with challenging behaviour and learning disabilities safe.

    Patricia Kearney, SCIE’s Interim Director of Adult Services

  • Forced marriages and learning disability 02 August 2012Open

    SCIE has responded to recent press coverage about the issue of forced marriages and people with learning disabilities. SCIE has developed guidance to help local authorities, health, education, police and probation services work together to safeguarding adults more effectively. The guidance includes reference to forced marriages.

    We now have pan-London policies and procedures that all 33 London local authorities have signed up to. Those explicitly look at the issue of forced marriage for people that lack the capacity to consent to marriage. And we've recently released pan-West Midlands policy and procedures which cover a further 12 local authorities.

    Hugh Constant, Practice Development Manager at SCIE

  • Defining excellence - new to Social Care TV 24 July 2012Open

    Four new films are launched today on Social Care TV which highlight excellence in social care. They have been produced by SCIE and focus on the key features that help to define excellence. In the films, experts, including people who use services and researchers, discuss examples of excellence shown on Social Care TV. They watch a number of Social Care TV films and comment on where excellence is achieved.

    That’s what excellence is about; sustaining practice, not just providing something innovative as a "one off"

    Dorothy Runnicles, a service user and community activist, on Social Care TV

  • SCIE project wins technology award 13 July 2012Open

    Get Connected, which has so far placed computer technology in 1242 adult care providers, has won the Working Together prize at the Technology4Good Awards. Entry was open to organisations from any sector who could show how good communication and collaboration has delivered a positive impact on people’s lives, through technology.

    We hope this win will help to pave the way for us to provide and sustain these improved levels of access to technology in every adult social care service, so that everyone uses it as a matter of routine

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

  • Technology success for SCIE scheme 05 July 2012Open

    Seventy-five thousand service users and over 80,000 carers and staff in adult social care now have better access to digital technology. This is thanks to the Get Connected investment project, which has had significantly positive outcomes for all involved. The £12 million initiative has improved access and use of digital technology in adult social care; it was funded by the Department of Health and managed by SCIE.

    It would be great if these improved levels of access to technology could be offered and sustained in every adult social care service, so that everyone uses it as a matter of routine

    SCIE's Chief Executive, Andrea Sutcliffe

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