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Managing through COVID-19: the experiences of children’s social care in 15 English local authorities
5 July 2020 

Mary Baginsky and Jill Manthorpe examined the arrangements that have been introduced in 15 English local authorities, the challenges that they were facing, as well as those that may come with the lifting of the lockdown. The resulting report contains reflections on what has been learnt for the future and explores the possible legacy of these experiences. The ESRC Impact Acceleration Account at King’s College funded this work through the Slingshot initiative designed to allow a rapid response to events. 

Helping adult day centres to 'unlock lockdown'
3 July 2020

Our team working in collaboration with NIHR ARC South London have today published a guide to the re-opening of adult day centres. Since day centres are not a regulated service, they tend to be invisible in terms of guidance provided. This document aims to support manager or voluntary co-ordinators and staff generally, into the ‘new normal’ after the lockdown.

Safeguarding and homelessness – new in The Journal of Adult Protection
2 July 2020

Stephen Martineau and Jill Manthorpe analysed 19 Safeguarding Adults Reviews where homelessness was a factor and report on the most common shortcomings in joint working revealed by the reviews. These include a failure to recognize care needs and difficulties in assessing self-neglect among this population. The post-print is freely available. See also: our earlier report; project page; and a new project on self-neglect among people who are homeless.

Open letter to BMJ – prevention and treatment of gambling harms
2 July 2020

Caroline Norrie and Stephanie Bramley are among the signatories to an open letter to the BMJ calling for independent funding for the prevention and treatment of gambling harms. Caroline and Stephanie have been involved in a number of studies on the topic of gambling. Any media requests related to the letter can be directed to Heather Wardle: tel: +44 (0)7745 458 519;

Fair Care Work
1 July 2020

In partnership with King's Business School, HSCWRU held a workshop today to discuss a post-COVID employment relations agenda for workers in health and social care and based on what the authors of a new paper call Fair Care Work. The paper is lead-authored by Deputy Director of HSCWRU, Prof Ian Kessler. The workshop was attended by 37 participants drawn from a range of organisations in health and social care: the trade unions and professional associations, the Department of Health and Social Care, employer bodies and researchers from King’s and other universities. The slides presented at the workshop are available. The workshop touched on four substantive themes: migrant workers in health and social care; pay determinations; learning and development; and outsourcing, with a view to developing a new approach to employment relations in the sector, based on four principles. These are integration, parity, compliance and voice. Following the presentations, there was a lively and inclusive discussion, led by four practitioner discussants, which suggested considerable enthusiasm for taking forward this agenda. The authors of the new paper introduce it on the Unit blog.









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