Last year, the Labour Party invited Sir John Oldham to form the Independent Commission on Whole-Person Care, which was asked to make recommendations about how health and care services in England could be integrated within existing resources and without another reorganisation. So what is the direction set in his report? CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy looks at the implications
In a second guest blog as part of the Department of Health's week of action on health protection, Professional Officer for Community Nursing Wendy Nicholson considers the importance of building resilience in children, young people and families.
In a guest blog from the Department of Health, Professional Officer for Community Nursing Wendy Nicholson looks at AMR in the context of children and younger people.
Last week’s report from the NSPCC, on the under-reporting of crimes alleged to have been committed by Jimmy Savile, illustrated some key issues that stand outside of the particular circumstances of his case. Here, CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy considers the wider safeguarding implications.
There is a long and proud tradition of specialist organisations that have championed the interests of care leavers, and there have been some improvements in the support arrangements available for them. But they remain an often neglected and highly vulnerable group. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy considers whether reports from right-of-centre – and influential – think tank, the Centre for Social Justice, will succeed in pushing care leavers higher up the policy agenda.
Sir Martin Narey’s recent report for the Education Secretary put forward radical proposals for the reform of the education of children’s social workers and suggested there is too much variability in the quality of social work education. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy asks just where is social work in England heading?
There has been a concerted effort via the lobbying of a 700-strong group of nurses, doctors and other health professionals to call for a ban on smoking in cars. JFHC and JSPHN editor Penny Hosie adds her voice to the calls.
It’s been a couple of weeks since the Serious Case Review was published on the circumstances leading to the terrible deaths of the Philpott children in a fire in Derby. Here, CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy considers the real questions behind the headlines.
Both CQC in England and NHS Scotland have recently reported on women’s experience of maternity care. The reports provide an interesting insight into maternity services, and CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy considers some of the differences that come with the systems north and south of the border.
Over the last few days the news has been dominated by the sad story of Mikaeel Kular. However, as the media focused on the unfolding case in Edinburgh, CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy considers an important Serious Case Review was published in England focussing on the death of another young boy.
Two of the publications featured on our sister site CareKnowledge this week looked at the subject of integration. Here, CK editor Jim Kennedy reflects on where the integration agenda is going, North and South of the border, and on some of its less fully obvious – and possibly more problematic aspects – including its effect on children’s services.
Simon Blake, CEO of young people's charity Brook, gives his annual review of young people, sex, sexuality and sexual health.
Earlier this week, Carol Long from the NSPCC argued that critics of Serious Case Reviews are missing the point and that they are a valuable learning tool. In response, CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy asks if we understand enough about the real barriers to learning and practice development in safeguarding…
As we approach the end of 2013, JFHC and JSPHN editor Penny Hosie's thoughts turn to rites of passage.
This week, the Children’s Commissioner published her final report on her Inquiry into child sexual exploitation in gangs and groups. The report generated a good deal of media interest, but I thought the press focus missed a number of important issues that need much more extensive debate, says CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy
The last few days have seen a flurry of activity and media comment on the dangers that the internet and the use of mobile technology pose for children and young people. Here Jim Kennedy discusses some of the wider and perhaps under-recognised implications of these developments.
This has been a week full of important developments in the children’s services world. Some have pointed the way forward, some have been ominous, and one has again thrown light on the tragic lives, and deaths, that some children lead and suffer. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy gives his view on the key issues:
This week saw the publication of the latest figures on children in need and children subject to child protection plans in England. These are important statistics. They provide an indication of the way children’s services’ workload is developing, and raise key questions about what is going on, across the system.
Minding the Baby is an early intervention programme developed by Yale University, which the NSPCC is running in Glasgow, Sheffield and York. Here, Michelle Phillips, NSPCC nurse practitioner for the York branch, looks at how it aims to enhance the mother’s relationship with her child to help her develop better awareness of her baby’s physical and mental states.