DfE to review children’s services’ approach to radicalisation : Community Care

The Department for Education (DfE) is to commission a review of the ways in which children’s services are responding to radicalisation and extremism among young people. Tender documents published this month seek applicants to conduct research within 10 English local authorities, updating on a 2016 safeguarding and radicalisation evaluation, which found divergent views around the extent […]

Source: DfE to review children’s services’ approach to radicalisation : Community Care


Are we all demanding too much from Social Workers, whose, workloads are already extremely excessive, with other safeguarding issues, not to mention issues relating to disabilities, families and many other areas, including funding.

Social work has always been a demanding area and the austerity cuts over the last 10 years of austerity cuts have not made this any easier, in fact, it as made it much harder.

Many social workers are crumbling under the various many pressures and many are leaving, expressing they will not work for local authorities again.

All this and other issues are causing major issues for the remaining social workers and will lead to mistakes being made, where the blame will mainly rest with the respective social workers, who in many instances are not being supported by their local authority management structures.

This, of course is happening within children services, but there are also many issues with transitions and then adult services where there are many failings and not only will the services suffer, but more importantly the persons and families who rely on these services.

This Government is currently throwing money in many directions and have done so to social services, but not in anywhere near sufficiently. Not even sufficiently to reverse the 10 years of austerity cuts, let alone the current pressures.

Social Care is indeed in crisis and is urgently in need of not only funding, but much more including an understanding of all the related problems.

I do fear that social care will cease to exist in any reliable form and this will create more pressures on those working in social care, families in need of social care, but also the health services, who may also have to deal with a second wave of COVID-19.

Not a very rosy picture and the time to deal with it are shortening hour by hour.

I created a petition, Solve the crisis in Social Care, https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/solve-the-crisis-in-social-care,which was with regards to social care delivery within the community.

More information, https://www.dropbox.com/s/9nurve8oev2rfrv/Solve%20the%20crisis%20in%20Social%20Care%209.docx?dl=0

I appreciate that this petition only covers a certain area of the problems and certainly not the issues raised in this article, but by supporting the petition it is a start and will bring pressure on the Government to do something, for currently they are doing nothing.

Social Care needs YOU

#care #socialcare #crisis

Muslim women observe Ramadan under lockdown – and some say being stuck at home for the holiday is nothing new : The Conversation

A survey of Muslim women finds many are frustrated by having a Islamic holy month in quarantine. But others say a ‘remote Ramadan’ is nothing new because child care duties often keep them home anyway.

Source: Muslim women observe Ramadan under lockdown – and some say being stuck at home for the holiday is nothing new : The Conversation

Trump hits serious headwinds in polls on COVID-19 reopening | TheHill

President Trump is running against the polls with his calls for state and local governments to reopen their economies in an effort to stem the damage from what is likely to be the worst economic

Source: Trump hits serious headwinds in polls on COVID-19 reopening | TheHill

DWP using research data to snoop on claimants : Universal Credit Sufferer 

EXCLUSIVE – The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) is using data collected by a not-for-profit social research organisation to compare to its own records so as to snoop on benefit claimants. Claimants have raised fears that they will be targeted for giving poor responses to the survey. The DWP themselves refused to answer any questions about its partnership with the company.

NatCen Social Research is an independent not-for-profit social research organisation that undertakes research for a range of government bodies including the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP).

The organisation is contracted to deliver the Family Resources Survey (FRS) on behalf of DWP and Office for National Statistics (ONS).

According to the government website, the Family Resources Survey (FRS) is;

“An annual report that provides facts and figures about the incomes and living circumstances of households and families in the UK.”

The Family Resources Survey (FRS) is a continuous household survey published annually provide statistics on a household and individuals;

  • Savings & Income from all sources
  • Housing status
  • Any caring needs and responsibilities
  • Disabilities
  • Pension participation

I became aware of NatCen Research after being contacted by several people who claimed they’d been harassed by the company’s researchers. They also raised fears that the DWP would be using their responses to snoop on them.


Source: DWP using research data to snoop on claimants
Universal Credit Sufferer

New EU election poll underlines: Labour must drop referendum talk | The SKWAWKBOX

The latest YouGov polling gives a clear indication to Labour of the impact of the continued attempts by centrist MPs, MEPs and candidates to push a new referendum in spite of the NEC’s decision this week to reject any commitment to a public vote in the party’s European election manifesto.

YouGov polling usually understates Labour support, but the headline figures show the new Brexit party leading strongly:

  • Brexit Party 30%
  • Labour 21%
  • Tory 13%
  • Fib Dems 10%
  • Greens 9%
  • Change UK 9%
  • UKIP 4%

Anti-Brexit and pro-referendum campaigners are already attempting to spin away the significance of the results, claiming that the Brexit party’s strong showing is a result of a cannibalised Tory vote. However, the detailed results do not bear that out.

According to YouGov’s data, the Brexit party:


Source: New EU election poll underlines: Labour must drop referendum talk | The SKWAWKBOX

Social workers: take our survey on the effectiveness of their employer’s case management systems : Community Care

Computer systems and outdated technology are a frequent source of aggravation for social workers when discussing obstacles to doing the job properly.

Indeed, in one extreme example recently reported by Community Care, one council went live with electronic case management system Liquidlogic on 1 February 2019, replacing the Social Services Information Database which had been in operation within the local authority since 1995.

Meanwhile, more generally, academic research published last year cited admin work pressures as a factor influencing burnout particularly among children’s social workers, many of whom find themselves unable to spend as much time as they need to work with children and families.

How do organisational systems affect social workers?

With this in mind, Community Care is looking for children’s and adults’ social workers’ viewson their employer’s computer systems, the technology they are provided with to do their jobs, and whether seemingly simple things like claiming expenses can get in the way of their day-to-day working.

Social workers: take our survey on computer systems and technology now

We want to know your experiences with case management systems, technology for remote or mobile working and operational systems you deal with such as those for claiming expenses. All responses will be completely anonymous and the survey will take no longer than five minutes to complete. Community Care will share the findings in a forthcoming report soon.

Please fill out our survey here.


Source: Social workers: take our survey on the effectiveness of their employer’s case management systems : Community Care

Strip DWP of responsibility for ill and disabled people

A DWP spokesperson said: “This survey of random members of the public, many of whom may never have claimed benefits or interacted with DWP, compares poorly with our most recent survey of actual claimants, which found that 80% of disabled people were satisfied with DWP’s services.”

So is it FAKE News from the media, or FAKE News from the DWP, somewhere reporting is not correct.

Is it one or the other or perhaps both?