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I would know if another prisoner wanted to give me a kicking - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
As report reveals poor safety in a third of UK adult male prisons, ex-inmates reveal impact of lack of support in bullying culture

Each night, shortly after the guards locked Phil Rowland in his cell, the bullying would begin. Inmates would shout to each other through their windows, trying to set up fights between different prisoners and warning others not to come out in the morning.

I would know straight away if someone wanted to give me a kicking the next day, that is just how it was, said the 17-year-old who spent two months in a young offenders institute before being released in August.

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Better integration is the best way to quell immigration fears | Alice Sachrajda - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Communities worried about immigration will be better served by inclusive local integration efforts, not political hard talk

As Ukip continues to bask in its increasing support across the UK, Conservative and Labour politicians are busy seeking ways to counter the Ukip surge. The main focus is immigration: the Labour leader, Ed Miliband, has promised tougher rules on benefits for new migrants, while Cameron announced last week one last go at curbing immigration from the EU.

But when people express concerns about immigration, it tends to be the immediate impact on their daily lives that they are concerned about. One woman we met as part of our research was upset by the behaviour of the eastern Europeans who had moved in next door. She described crying late at night because of the noise and disruption in the overcrowded house next door and said: Its too much to expect the street to cope with what has been going on. Lowering immigration to an arbitrary number at some point in the future will do nothing to alleviate her immediate concerns her frustration is with the effect she is experiencing now, in her street.

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Drive to help blind people get on the road to freedom | Radhika Holmström - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Training scheme teaches taxi drivers and other firms how to respond to needs of visually impaired customers

If I get into a taxi, I can tell if the driver has been on one of the courses, says Dennis Callaghan, 96, from Walton in Liverpool. They immediately want to help, from the minute they see my two white sticks. They ask me if I need assistance, and when we get to the destination, theyll usually get out to help me. Its the difference in tone. Theyre definitely more confident about taking a blind passenger.

For blind and partially sighted people, especially the considerable number who find public transport unfeasible, a decent taxi service is often crucial for their freedom and control over their daily lives. It may seem obvious, but for visually impaired people, getting a taxi is actually quite complicated and often nerve-wracking, explains Diane Lister, 57, who is registered blind.

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Hardwick report looks at whole prison experience for clues to suicide spike - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Report by chief inspector draws out details of life in adult male prisons that he said contributed to prisoners vulnerability

Rise in prison suicides blamed on staff shortages

The human impact of the highest level of suicides in prisons for 10 years was described by the chief inspector as a terrible toll.

Every suicide affected the families of those who have died, the other prisoners, and the staff, said Nick Hardwick in his annual report, published on Tuesday.

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Politicians need to start talking about homeless people | Jon Sparkes - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Affordable housing is crucial, but we have to make sure that homeless people can benefit from it

Theres a lot more to housing than just bricks and mortar. True, we are desperately short of affordable homes, and renting and ownership are likely to be leading election issues. But something incredibly important is missing here. We hear a lot about homes, and rightly so, yet we hear next to nothing about homelessness, about the people forced to sleep on the streets, in hostels and squats or on the sofas of friends and family. For these people, house building alone can never be enough and home ownership is a distant dream.

Its easy for homeless people to feel invisible and ignored. And in the pre-election housing debate, the situation is little different. The Lyons housing review reveals the latest thinking from the Labour party, and while its commitments on housebuilding are welcome, it is disappointingly quiet about homelessness.

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Poverty and class: the latest themes to enter the US banned-books debate | Mary OHara - Tue, 21 Oct 2014

Sex and religion have long vexed self-appointed guardians of US school and library reading habits, but now objectors are trying to add social inequality to their list of unacceptable topics

Late last month, for the 32nd year in a row, Banned Books Week was marked across the US. Spearheaded by the American Library Associations (ALA) Office for Intellectual Freedom, the annual salute to the freedom to read has become a fixture. It aims to counterbalance perennial challenges to the content of books and efforts to get them banned, usually from schools and libraries.

The ALA collects information on which books are objected to and reports on prominent recurring themes that tend to generate moral or ideological indignation. Subjects such as religion, race, gender, sexuality and allegations of sexually explicit content or offensive language frequently top the list.

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How to save the NHS in just 50 pages | Denis Campbell - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
The Five Year Forward Review is the NHSs own answer to whether it can survive as a unique system of healthcare

Simon Stevenss arrival as NHS Englands new boss on 1April was greeted with great warmth and relief across the service. In some quarters he was regarded almost as a messiah the man who had come back into the fold, after 10 years in US private healthcare, to rescue the NHS from its crisis of unsustainability. He saved us once before, in 2000, with the NHS Plans extra billions and extra staff, so hes the one to do something similar again, they thought.

Stevens deliberately did not administer any immediate quick fixes or announce headline-grabbing initiatives. He told the health select committee in April he would set out his thoughts about how to meet the challenges facing the service ageing, integration with social care, modernisation of primary care, lifestyle-related illnesses, and much more within six months.

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Is this a good time to dilute care home rules? | David Brindle - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
New laws aim to relax rules for care homes at a time when a report reveals 100 allegations of abuse to residents every day

When inspectors arrived at the 82-bed specialist dementia care home in Peterborough, and ventured beyond the immaculate reception area, they first smelled the urine and then found residents still in bed at 10.30am, some lying in wet sheets, with staff ignoring their pleas for help. It was judged appalling.

That was in May. Within a month, the Barchester Healthcare home had been turned round, thanks to the manager being replaced and a series of other urgent actions ordered by the Care Quality Commission (CQC) inspectorate. The verdict of inspectors in June was almost glowing. But the case is set out in the commissions new State of Care report as a reminder of the exceptions that do exist to the many examples of excellent care it comes across.

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Exclusive: Deputy prime minister puts faith in winter funding - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Nick Clegg is pushing for next year’s NHS budget to be topped up with enough winter pressures funding to leave the service in a ‘healthy state’ for the next government

Stevens plans 'much faster progress' to CCG target funding - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
The NHS England chief executive has said he wants to make “much faster progress” to clinical commissioning groups receiving their target funding allocations.

NHS five year forward view - full coverage on hsj.co.uk - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
The NHS five year forward view – instigated by the NHS England chief executive to set out the prospects for the service in the run-up to the general election - will be published on Thursday.

DH sets new bailout conditions for foundation trusts - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Foundation trusts could be ordered to sell surplus land or reduce the pay of senior managers as a condition of securing additional funding from the Department of Health

Health Education England launches student assessment tool - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Universities offering healthcare courses will be required to assess the values of every potential student in face to face interviews after a Health Education England study found almost one in three were not doing so.

Care UK surgery growth 'slower' than expected - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
A prominent private provider of elective surgery to the NHS has seen a ‘slower’ than expected growth in demand for its services, despite the government’s £250m drive to clear waiting lists.

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Children living with parental alcohol abuse are being missed by system, report finds - Mon, 20 Oct 2014

A children's commissioner report has found children living with parental alcohol misuse are falling through the cracks

‘I’ll never forget the social worker who stuck with me when I was at my lowest’ - Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Ian Callaghan is using 25 years' experience of using mental health services to improve care. The kindness of staff, he says, is key.

Bed shortages and poor ward environments blighting mental health services, finds CQC - Thu, 16 Oct 2014

Feedback from first wave of mental health inspections identifies poor care that 'would not be acceptable' in physical health services

Social work on an eating disorders unit: ‘It was so powerful to see the girl leave hospital and start dreaming again’ - Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Community Care spends the day with a social worker in a specialist eating disorders team

How specialist social workers are supporting deaf children with mental health issues - Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Community Care spends the day with a social worker from the NHS's national deaf CAMHS service

‘The balance between risks and rights is key to forensic social work’ - Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Community Care gets an insight into social workers' role in one of the most stigmatised areas of mental health care

Mental health social work with deaf adults: ‘I’ve learnt so much working in this service’ - Wed, 15 Oct 2014

Community Care hears about life as a social worker in one of England's specialist mental health services for deaf adults

On world mental health day – five insights into social work’s role in the sector - Fri, 10 Oct 2014

Some of our most popular articles from the past year on social work in mental health

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Lawyers urge peers to change judicial review bill to protect charities - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
An amendment to the Criminal Justice and Courts Bill would mean that organisations intervening would not automatically have to pay other parties' costs

Charity Tax Group calls for early review of Gift Aid Small Donations Scheme - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
In its submission before the Autumn Statement, the CTG also asks the government to avoid 'poorly targeted' measures against the abuse of charity tax reliefs

Drug and alcohol charity KCA to become a subsidiary of Addaction - Tue, 21 Oct 2014
Addaction says no redundancies have been identified at present but there will be a consultation exercise over the next few months

Personal animosity among fatal flaws in charity governance, new guide says - Mon, 20 Oct 2014
A Chair's Compass - A Guide for Chairs of Charities and Non-profit Organisations is published today by Association of Chairs

Stand Up to Cancer TV fundraiser nets £14.5m for Cancer Research UK - Mon, 20 Oct 2014
Channel 4 broadcast seven hours of programmes on Friday night, hosted by Alan Carr, Davina McCall and Dr Christian Jessen

Charities should target major donors in their 50s, legacy consultant Richard Radcliffe says - Mon, 20 Oct 2014
He tells delegates at the International Fundraising Congress that most charities ask people in their late 60s for gifts, but wealthier people tend to make their wills a decade earlier

Use celebrities even if their lifestyles don't fit, says Greenpeace's Kumi Naidoo - Mon, 20 Oct 2014
The organisation's international executive director tells the International Fundraising Congress that they bring awareness and move issues higher up the political agenda

BeatBullying calls in administrators because of 'acute' financial difficulties - Mon, 20 Oct 2014
The anti-bullying charity's website urges people to go to Samaritans or ChildLine instead, and the Crystal Palace offices are closed

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Three-quarters of doctors' health affected by GMC investigation - Mon, 20 Oct 2014

28% of doctors considered leaving the profession following investigation

44% of GP practices say CCGs don't act on their views - Mon, 20 Oct 2014

NHS England says there has been a ‘general decline’ in relationship between CCGs and GPs

Migrants afraid to see GP amid immigration status fears - Mon, 20 Oct 2014

Think-tanks calls for special treatment centres staffed by GPs and legal advisers.

Commissioning leaders call for general practice to receive 10% of NHS funding - Fri, 17 Oct 2014

NHS Alliance says primary care only receives 7.5% currently

Practices face £1 million clawback of payments in latest round of chaos - Fri, 17 Oct 2014

Exclusive GPs in Cambridgeshire having an average of £14,000 per practice clawed back

Practices cut off from electronic prescribing service by IT glitch - Fri, 17 Oct 2014

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