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7 hours ago
No one’s watching over what councils do or spend, because scrutiny bodies were abolished on Pickles’s watchBehold the hand of Eric Pickles. The former Tory communities secretary may have left parliament last year but his legacy lives on, in Northamptonshire, where the bankrupt council is struggl[...]
Gerontology
7 hours ago
Growing distaste over privatised, outsourced public services gives charities a chance to step in and prove their valueOver the past 25 years charities have had to become more business-like. They now earn more than half their income and raise less than half through donations. Twenty five years ago it[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
14 hours ago
New rules in England and Wales advise punishing emotional or psychological abusePerpetrators of domestic abuse are more likely to be sent to prison – even if they inflict emotional or psychological rather than physical harm alone – under new guidelines being published by the Sentencing Council. [...]
Mental HealthCriminal Justice
15 hours ago
A groundbreaking new study shows antidepressants are effective – we should get on with taking and prescribing themIt’s official: antidepressants work.They are not a multibillion-dollar conspiracy dreamed up by Big Pharma Bond villains. They are not a snake oil distilled in secret laboratories, d[...]
Health
19 hours ago
Dr Valerie Murphy was responsible for Connor Sparrowhawk’s care when the 18-year-old drowned in a bath at NHS care unit in 2013A senior psychiatrist has been suspended for 12 months following the death of a vulnerable teenager who suffered an epileptic fit and drowned in a bath at an NHS care unit[...]
Health and CareGerontologyMental HealthGovernment Policy
21 hours ago
Shortage of almost 100,000 staff is affecting performance, says NHS ImprovementOne in 11 posts in NHS England are currently unfilled, equivalent to almost 100,000 vacancies, official figures show. The number of vacancies was published for the first time in NHS Improvement’s quarterly performance r[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
23 hours ago
Prime minister defies calls to scrap UK commitment to spend 0.7% of national income on aidThe UK’s aid budget will not be cut as a result of the sexual exploitation scandal affecting the sector, the prime minister has confirmed in a push back against the right wing of her party.There have been cal[...]
Charities
23 hours ago
Health secretary admits official failings over a number of medical treatment issuesJeremy Hunt, the health and social care secretary, has launched a nine-month review into how the NHS addresses concerns about medical treatments, including vaginal mesh devices.Speaking in the Commons, he admitted the[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
The Terrence Higgins Trust initiative aims to combat loneliness and encourage discussion through a shared love of filmInside the Regent Street cinema in Marylebone, London, a group of men and women are in high spirits singing along to a dancing Doris Day. It is a gloomy Wednesday in February but the[...]
HealthWomens Issues
1 day ago
Report showing NHS facing £900m deficit delayed after health department intervenedThe NHS’s financial regulator has delayed publishing new information about the health service’s serious shortages of both money and staff after lobbying by the government, the Guardian can reveal.The figures show [...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Half a million people in the UK suffer from work-related stress, and psychological breakdown can creep up without warning. But what, exactly, is this ‘state of vital exhaustion’, and how can you come back from it?In a bedroom in North Yorkshire at 2am, Sara Cox lay next to her sleeping husband i[...]
HealthMental Health
1 day ago
Academics call for investigation into effects of NHS underfunding and austerity politicsThe Department of Health and Social Care has been accused of ignoring repeated warnings about stagnating life expectancy, from academics who are demanding an urgent inquiry into whether austerity policies could b[...]
HealthHealth and CareGovernment Policy
1 day ago
Social Bite working with housing groups and councils to offer homeless ‘wraparound’ supportAt least 600 of Scotland’s most vulnerable rough sleepers are to be provided with homes and the continuing support they need to sustain their tenancies, in the largest commitment of its kind in the UK.Th[...]
HousingPoverty
1 day ago
Questions also raised for moderate drinkers of alcohol about their social habitHeavy drinkers are putting themselves at risk of dementia, according to the largest study of its kind ever conducted.Research published in the Lancet Public Health journal provides powerful evidence that people who drink [...]
HealthHealth and Care
1 day ago
Response to claims about former chief executive Justin Forsyth was inadequate, charity admitsSave the Children has apologised to female employees who complained of inappropriate behaviour by the charity’s former chief executive, admitting their claims were not properly dealt with at the time.In a [...]
CharitiesChildren and ParentingCharities and VolunteerismWomens Issues
1 day ago
Osvaldas Pagirys, 18, was arrested for stealing sweets, and found hanging unconscious three months laterThe death of a distressed Lithuanian teenager in the segregation unit of Wandsworth prison after he was arrested has been condemned as “appalling and tragic” by the prisons and probation ombud[...]
Criminal Justice
1 day ago
I’ve seen for myself how agencies operate, and the toxic and exploitative relationships that can so easily developA century ago doctors began to take notice of a disturbing condition affecting white men in “the tropics”. These men, hard at work with empire-building and civilising natives, were[...]
CharitiesHealth and Care
1 day ago
MPs tell boss Mark Goldring that charity treated vulnerable women in Haiti ‘like trinkets’Oxfam has lost 7,000 regular donors since it was revealed that staff sexually exploited victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010, its chief executive has told a committee of MPs, which accused the charity of[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismWomens Issues
1 day ago
Hospitality in spotlight over landmark Paddington-based project of Irvine SellarIn April 2015 Irvine Sellar, developer of the Shard skyscraper at London Bridge, invited Robert Davis, chair of Westminster city council’s planning committee, for dinner at one of his building’s high-end restaurants [...]
Health and Care
1 day ago
Robert Davis’s decision comes after Guardian reveals he was entertained more than 500 times in three yearsRobert Davis, deputy leader of Westminster city council, has referred himself to the authority’s monitoring officer following the Guardian’s revelations that he was entertained more than 5[...]
1 day ago
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Davis’s Brexit speech and Oxfam giving evidence to MPs about the Haiti sex scandalOxfam’s evidence about Haiti sex scandal - SummaryLunchtime summaryAfternoon summary 5.31pm GMT They did not provide a full rep[...]
CharitiesCharities
2 days ago
Rolling coverage of the day’s political developments as they happen, including David Davis’s Brexit speech and Oxfam giving evidence to MPs about the Haiti sex scandalOxfam’s evidence about Haiti sex scandal - Summary 12.53pm GMT While Oxfam was giving evidence to the Commons international dev[...]
CharitiesCharities and VolunteerismCriminal JusticeWomens Issues
2 days ago
Mark Goldring admits 7,000 people have cancelled donations to the charity since scandal brokeMark Goldring, the head of Oxfam, has apologised to MPs for the actions of staff who sexually exploited female victims of the Haiti earthquake in 2010. He acknowledged that the charity’s actions had damage[...]
CharitiesCharities and Volunteerism
2 days ago
This year’s World Mayor prize is only for women, highlighting yet again the deep inequality in UK local governmentRos Jones, Kate Allsop, Norma Redfearn and Dorothy Thornhill may not be names you immediately recognise. But they should be – because they are the UK’s only potential candidates fo[...]
WomenHealth and CareWomens Issues
2 days ago
Collapse of services for young families under Conservatives laid bare in Commons answerCash-strapped local councils in England have closed more than 500 children’s centres since 2010, government figures have shown.
Critics say the figures, revealed in response to a written parliamentary questio[...]
ChildrenPovertySoc
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5 days ago
Dear NASW Member, The National Association of Social Workers – Florida Chapter (NASW-FL) offers its heartfelt condolences to the students, staff and families of Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. We share your loss and grief at the senseless tragedy. The outpouring of commu[...]
 

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2 weeks ago
The National Association of Social Workers (NASW) is a partner with the National Organization on Fetal Alcohol Syndrome (NOFAS) on a campaign to raise awareness of fetal alcohol spectrum disorders and reduce incidences of children being exposed to alcohol while in the womb. Please read this press r[...]
 
3 weeks ago
The revised NASW Code of Ethics went into effect January 1, 2018. These revisions reflect the most substantive changes to the Code since 1996. The 2017 revisions to the Code focus largely on the use of technology and the implications of technology for ethical practice. Nineteen sections of the Code [...]
 
4 weeks ago
Mel Wilson, LCSW, MBA, social justice and human rights manager at the National Association of Social Workers, attended the Women’s March of 2018 in Washington, D.C. He wrote about his experience: The Women’s March of 2018, drew hundreds of thousands of marchers to major cities nationwide such a[...]
 
4 weeks ago
Each year in the United States, nearly 400,000 students drop out of public high school. Among high school graduates, approximately one-third complete no postsecondary education or training. Of those who do, many are unprepared. Forty percent of four-year and 63 percent of two-year college students r[...]
 
5 weeks ago
By Alison Laurio, News contributor When J. David Hawkins was a probation officer in the 1980s, he thought, “Isn’t there something we should have done to prevent these kids from getting to this place?” Programs from that period like “Just Say No” and “Scared Straight” just didn’t work[...]
 
9 weeks ago
By Paul R. Pace, News staff Grameen Bank provides credit without collateral to those who are poor in rural Bangladesh. Aimed primarily at women, these microcredit loans of often no more than $100 are meant to help those who are poor launch small businesses. The bank says it has 8.92 million borrower[...]