In this section we feature guest blogs from sector thought-leaders in mental health, child health, family medicine and developing medical practice.
The internet, social networking and mobile phones
Hamzah Khan and Child Protection
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:
Latest children in need statistics for England
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.
Young people’s views on disclosing abuse
The implications of Ofsted’s annual report – and CQC’s changed approach to regulation
Two key documents that will profoundly affect the regulation of social services during the next few years were published this week – Ofsted’s first and highly critical annual report on the state of children’s social care, and the CQC’s plans for changes to the way it regulates and inspects adult social care services. CareKnowledge editor Jim Kennedy looks at both the Ofsted annual report and the way the main regulators’ approaches are diverging.
Stigma and mental health
Solace report on health and social care integration.
Improving stability for looked after children
The appalling life and death of Daniel Pelka
Celebrity campaigns encourage talk about mental health
Anti-mental health stigma group Time to Change launched part of its latest campaign last week with a range of celebrities encouraging people to talk about mental health issues. Campaigns like this should be welcomed as an increasingly important tool in challenging mental health stigma in young people especially.