Ten new children’s homes could be opened in Somerset by 2026

Somerset County Council wants to prevent further sharp rises in the cost of residential placements Ten new children’s homes could be opened across Somerset by 2026 to provide better support for the county’s most vulnerable children. Somerset County Council’s children’s services team has seen the cost of residential placement for children in its care rise […]

Is the DfE deliberately ignoring pupils with SEND?

The experiences of pupils with special educational needs and disability are consistently overlooked – there’s no greater disadvantage than being ignored, says Christopher Rossiter The latest research from Ofsted on the experience of young people with special educational needs and disability (SEND) and their families through the pandemic has a familiar air. Children and families have once […]

GUEST COLUMN: Everything you need to know about the registration process

Abi Spence, a Registration and Inspection specialist for Quality Compliance Systems (QCS), offers guidance for new provides on the registration process. For new providers seeking to open a service, registration is a mandatory first step. Providers cannot open without it. But often it is not an easy hurdle to negotiate. It can be a long […]

Tommy Hilfiger: Fashion can’t ignore people with disabilities any more

His children Kathleen and Sebastian were diagnosed as being on the autistic spectrum when they were young children. As Kathleen is now in her 20s, Hilfiger has witnessed her needs and seen how they’ve evolved from childhood into adult life. “Having first hand experience with children with special needs, my wife [Dee] and I realised […]

Council invests £5.9m in providing Real Living Wage for carers

Wirral Council has provided £5.9m in funding to ensure carers receive the Real Living Wage (RLW). The decision comes after the council introduced an opportunity to incentivise care providers to pay the RLW last year through the use of national funding. Cllr Yvonne Nolan, Chair of Wirral Council’s Adult Social Care and Public Health Committee, […]

Pepper the robot joins school to support children with autism

Pepper, the friendly humanoid robot from SoftBank Robotics, is lending a helping hand to pupils at a special needs school in Somerset, as part of a project led by researchers at the University of the West of England (UWE Bristol). Currently based at The Mendip School near Shepton Mallet, the approachable-looking robot is supporting pupils […]

A Step Forward In The Provision Of Education To Pupils With Down’s Syndrome

All efforts to raise awareness and strengthen the rights and entitlements of children and young people with Down’s syndrome, who often experience marginalisation, and whose parents have to fight the system to get their children’s needs met, should be wholeheartedly welcomed. The proposals contained in The Down’s Syndrome Bill, promoted by former cabinet member Liam […]

Is A Vegan Diet Healthy? What You Need To Know

The health benefits of a vegan diet are wide-ranging but planning appropriately is essential to avoid nutrient deficiencies. Experts advise that a vegan diet can be nutritionally adequate and help to prevent chronic diseases. However, someone must plan a vegan diet appropriately to gain the health benefits and avoid nutrient deficiencies. The percentage of vegans […]

45% of Nursing Home Staff Still Unvaccinated Against COVID-19

Data shows challenge of keeping the coronavirus out of facilities. In the nation’s nursing homes, an average of only 55 percent of workers are fully vaccinated against COVID-19, according to new federal data, even though these long-term care facilities have witnessed massive carnage from the pandemic, including almost 135,000 COVID-19 deaths among residents and staff. Vaccination rates […]

Jeremy Hunt: Now or never to fix social care

Boris Johnson promised to reform the sector upon his election to Downing Street in 2019. The UK is facing a “now or never” moment to fix the social care system, former health secretary Jeremy Hunt has warned. There has been frustration at the sector’s lack of reforms, which were promised almost two years ago by Boris Johnson on […]