Wellbeing counsellor gives advice to children and parents on their mental health in September return, saying: “It would be strange to NOT feel anxious or concerned”

A wellbeing counsellor has given advice to parents and families about children’s mental health as they approach a return to school in September. The Child and Adolescent Mental Health Service’s (CAMHS) interim report, released in July, found “serious concerns” about the impact lockdown has had on the mental health and wellbeing of pupils and school […]

NatWest introduces bespoke banking service for vulnerable customers

NatWest is launching a new service which will allow customers to request how they want to be served. The “Banking My Way” service helps customers who need additional support by enabling them to request bespoke assistance to make banking easier. Customers can make specific requests which could include requesting a quiet space when they visit […]

Why education needs to throw off the shackles of data

One of the most egregious misjudgements arising from political responses to the pandemic has been what happened to annual school examinations. A system whose only goal is the education of individual children forgot its entire purpose. That the SNP were the first to acknowledge this mistake is hardly to their credit, but it signals something […]


Restorative Justice for All, a charity helping young people in Southwark, says demand for its support services increased by 400% during the pandemic. The charity is one of many in the borough given an emergency grant of £500 by Tesco and to receive donated food for its work supporting those struggling with food insecurity. has […]

LEGAL VIEW: Safeguarding referrals – to notify or not to notify the CQC?

Maddi Gaunt, solicitor at Ridouts, looks at when care home providers should make a statutory notification to the CQC. All providers will (we hope) be familiar with safeguarding referrals. These need to be made to the relevant safeguarding authority when certain incidents, events, or near misses arise in the provision of care services. Many events […]

The Prison Within: inside a moving documentary about restorative justice

Troy Williams had his guard up when Katherin Hervey visited San Quentin state prison, where he was serving a life sentence for kidnapping and robbery. The director was there to record inmates for what would become the restorative justice documentary The Prison Within. Williams was the resident film-maker in San Quentin. He’s also the founder […]

NHS to receive access to £588m funding to cover adult social care

From September 1, the NHS will be able to access a £588m fund to help cover adult social care provisions or the immediate costs of care in a patient’s home for those requiring additional follow-on care after being discharged from hospital – including older people and those with disabilities. The health service will be able […]