Social care is a prisoner of its history

David Brindle is a care sector commentator and former public services editor of the Guardian. His opinion for Social Care Today, 19 July 2021…. Social care is in many ways a prisoner of its history. Serial failure by governments of the past 25 years to put it on a sustainable footing is ascribed usually to politicalContinue reading “Social care is a prisoner of its history”

What is truth? An inquiry about truth and lying in dementia care

This is the report of the major Inquiry about Truth and Lying in Dementia Care, commissioned and funded by the Joseph Rowntree Foundation. There are around 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK and the ageing population suggests this figure will rise significantly. Around half of these people may be living with different realities. CarersContinue reading “What is truth? An inquiry about truth and lying in dementia care”

The environments of residential living for children and young people under the age of 18.

1st August 2021 By Ewan Anderson and Norman Cooke. The core and focus of any setting is the human environment in which children and staff interact. Within this can be distinguished the personal space of children and staff, communal space and service space. The human environment is enclosed within the physical environment which may compriseContinue reading “The environments of residential living for children and young people under the age of 18.”

The role and task of Residential Child Care – there is no such thing as a ‘children’s home’ only children’s homes

21st July 2021, Jonathan Stanley, Residential Forum member, Blog for NCERCC This is raised as an area for focus in the Case for Change. What is immediately apparent is that there is a diversity of needs, and so a diversity of response. There is no such thing as a children’s home, as a singular typology,Continue reading “The role and task of Residential Child Care – there is no such thing as a ‘children’s home’ only children’s homes”

Virtual Care Home

The Virtual Care Home is an online resource that demonstrates dementia-friendly design in care home settings or people’s own homes. Click below to view a larger version with information points on key features: Bedroom Bedroom door Dining room Ensuite bathroom Flat door Kitchen Lounge Dementia Services Development Centre Source: Virtual Care Home | Dementia ServicesContinue reading “Virtual Care Home”

Is it time for all policy to consider the needs of care leavers?

Posted on July 20, 2021 by Christine Garrington Every policy should take into account the needs of care-leavers, participants at the launch of a major new research report on outcomes from a childhood in care were told. The Nuffield Foundation funded study, which pushes forward the boundaries of knowledge by looking at what happens inContinue reading “Is it time for all policy to consider the needs of care leavers?”

Long Term Segregation

The Oversight Panel’s interim conclusions This document summarises the interim conclusions of the Oversight Panel. It outlines the headline findings from a thematic review of 26 independently chaired Care (Education) and Treatment Reviews (IC(E)TRs), from discussions with IC(E)TR independent chairs, and Panel meetings. These have been grouped in to 6 ‘improvement areas’. Against each ofContinue reading “Long Term Segregation”

Care homes of the future could see technology take a leading role in the delivery of care

The report, ‘Silver Chic: The future of retirement housing and care’ contains two computer generated images that depict how care homes could look in fifty years time. (Now 44 years as the report was published in 2015) The designs are complete with ambient monitoring walls, rotating gardens and virtual pets for residents, and are completeContinue reading “Care homes of the future could see technology take a leading role in the delivery of care”

Criminalisation rate for children in residential care reduces

The Howard League is undertaking a programme of work to end the criminalisation of children living in residential care. The latest Department for Education data shows that the numbers of children looked after continuously for at least 12 months has increased from 4,050 in year ending 31 March 2015 to 5,210 in year ending 31Continue reading “Criminalisation rate for children in residential care reduces”

Arts in care homes

This resource offers care teams, including activity providers, many practical ideas on how to get started…. SCIE Source: Arts in care homes – SCIE