Social Services

What it is Like to Be Female and Homeless

Stella Kasdagli | Posted 20.02.2015 | UK Lifestyle
Stella Kasdagli

"Homelessness has traditionally been seen as a male problem in the UK - and it has been treated as a male issue by policymakers. This work aims to show how widespread and damaging female homelessness has become."

Needed - A Good Child Protection System

Meg Munn | Posted 27.09.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

The spotlight on the activities of the likes of Jimmy Savile and Rolf Harris, and current concerns about possible cover ups of establishment figures, must not distract us from our responsibility to ensure that today's child protection services function well.

Empowering Social Workers With Mindfulness and Co-production

Anna Betz | Posted 15.07.2014 | UK
Anna Betz

"Between stimulus and response there is a space. In that space is our power to choose our response. In our response lies our growth and our freedom....

The Parent's Drug Cure Is Killing Their Children

Meg Munn | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Politics
Meg Munn

At the moment the number of children who die or suffer serious harm as a result of taking adult's prescribed medication is thankfully small. But the likelihood of a child dying if they do take these drugs is very high.

Boris Johnson Has Lost The Plot

Sharmeen Ziauddin | Posted 03.05.2014 | UK Politics
Sharmeen Ziauddin

Whilst Boris may have appeased some of the electorate by attacking members of the Muslim community, he's definitely lost me as a voter and possibly thousands of others. Social services have enough on their plate without making them work out which brown person is a religious Muslim parent and which is a radicalised Muslim parent.

74 Children Taken Into Care For Being Too Fat

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 28.02.2014 | UK

More than 70 children have been taken into care in the last five years because they are morbidly obese, it has been reported. Figures revealed that...

'Give Me A Second Chance,' Pleads Italian Mother Alessandra Pacchieri

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

An Italian woman, now named as Alessandra Pacchieri, who had her baby removed after she suffered a mental breakdown on a trip to the UK, has said she ...

'Forced Caesarean' Woman 'Begged' To Keep Baby

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

Court documents have shed vital new light on the tragic case of an Italian mother who was sedated, given a c-section and had her baby forcibly removed...

'Forced Birth' Mother Could Not Care For Child, Social Services Say

The Huffington Post UK | Jessica Elgot | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

The Italian mother at the centre of an care scandal involving the removal of her newborn baby by Essex social services was far too unwell to care for ...

MP Vows Help For Italian 'Forced Birth' Woman

PA/ The Huffington Post UK | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK

An MP has contacted the Italian embassy over the case of a pregnant woman whose baby was reportedly forcibly removed by caesarean section in Britain b...

'The Time Has Come'

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 04.11.2013 | UK

Failing to report allegations of child sexual abuse should be made a criminal offence in Britain, the former director of public prosecutions has said....

Does the Bible Have a Role to Play in Social Care - In China?

Ben Whitnall | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK
Ben Whitnall

At the conference on the role of Christianity in China, which was sponsored by Bible Society, a government official called on the Church to take care of China's growing number of elderly people. 'It is a big challenge for the authorities and for the Church,' said government spokesman Wang Xinhua.

Fifteen Minute Care Sessions Are an Insult, Why Our Elderly Deserve Better

Hannah Gal | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Lifestyle
Hannah Gal

Just as it is cruel to deprive the elderly of food or medication, it is cruel to accept the current state of social isolation. We could ask why these lonely people's families are not more involved or go down the Chinese government route of 'forcing' people to visit their elderly parents but the reality is that people are naturally occupied with making a living and raising their own young.  

Jessica Elgot

50,000 Back 'Daniel Pelka Law' | Jessica Elgot | Posted 15.09.2013 | UK

The violent death of four-year-old Daniel Pelka means teachers and carers who spot bruising and extreme hunger in children should be obligated by law ...

Mother And Care-Order Son Missing

PA | Posted 22.08.2013 | UK

Police are hunting for a woman and her young son who went missing after social services attempted to take the toddler into care. Michelle Kelly and...

Helping our Health and Wellbeing

Tom Rokins | Posted 13.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Tom Rokins

We have all heard the stories of the system being abused and taken for granted - a trip to the hospital for a headache or cold and an ambulance called for a minor ailment. However, I do often ask myself, has this amazing free service made us lazy regarding our personal healthcare? Are we too quick to rush to our GP instead of helping ourselves look after our own health and wellbeing?

UK Adoption Reform: The Dangers of Repeating Australia's Shame

Cathy Ashley | Posted 25.05.2013 | UK Politics
Cathy Ashley

The UK government is pushing ahead full steam with Clause 1 of the Children and Families Bill. If implemented it could result in some children being placed with potential adopters despite there having been no court proceedings, no court decision that the child should be permanently removed from their parents and no legal advice given to the parents.

Baby 'Taken From Mother' Over Boyfriend's Neo-Nazi Links

Coventry Telegraph | Posted 23.02.2013 | UK

"A mum had her baby taken off her just an hour after giving birth – because of her violent boyfriend’s links to a neo-Nazi group. The newborn b...

Early Intervention: Common Sense, So Why Not Common Practice?

Dan Corry | Posted 27.01.2013 | UK Politics
Dan Corry

The message from the Early Action Task Force is loud and clear: to really make expenditure sustainable, as well as create a better society, switching more spend to early action is key.

Confidential Documents On Murdered Victoria Climbie Found Abandoned

PA | Posted 03.10.2012 | UK

An "urgent investigation" has been launched after dozens of confidential social services files, including notes on the Victoria Climbie case, were fou...

The Tories Must Not Dither Over Immigration

David Cowan | Posted 10.11.2012 | UK Politics
David Cowan

The immigration debate is often reduced to a mundane battle of statistics. Though just focusing on the economic aspect of immigration does not do nearly enough justice to the scale of the problem.

Homeless and in Rags...The Perils of Mental Illness in Africa

Dan Griffin | Posted 26.09.2012 | UK
Dan Griffin

There is something universally human about a smile--a friendly reminder between people of different races, cultures, ethnicities that we share something in common, some fundamental humanness.


Helen Gaskell | Posted 24.08.2012 | UK Politics
Helen Gaskell

Hollywood and television commercials present countless images of old age as a time when contented, silver-haired individuals kick back after a life of work and raising families. The reality, however, is often very different and why, in truth, many people are a little scared of growing old.

Giving Social Services Control Over Specialist Supported Accommodation Budgets

Phil Shanks | Posted 15.08.2012 | UK Politics
Phil Shanks

Social Services have the most to gain from the proper operation of the top up since it allows them to achieve savings against more costly care solutions. One respondent actually cited this as an unhealthy conflict of interests. However, the overall saving is to the public purse and therefore no conflict can be allowed to exist.

Thousands Of Children Wrongly Identified As SEN

PA | Posted 14.07.2012 | UK Universities & Education

The numbers of youngsters considered to have Special Educational Needs is likely to be cut after tighter rules will be introduced on which children ar...