A thematic review of prison-based social work

“Fundamental reform” is needed in prison social work, inspectors have warned.

It comes in the first phase of a review which considered the direction of Scotland’s prison-based social work services within the context of the changing prison population, resource constraints, and competing demands.

The report, published today, recognised the important contribution of social workers across the prison estate and found that prison-based social work teams are comprised of skilled and experienced staff.

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Statement on Elmbank House, Falkirk

A spokesperson for the Care Inspectorate said: "An inspection has identified serious and significant concerns about the quality of care experienced by children and young people at Elmbank House in Falkirk.
"We understand this is a difficult and distressing time for children and young people experiencing care and staff at the service.
"However, our first priority is always the health and wellbeing of people experiencing care.

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Joint inspection of adult support and protection in Aberdeenshire

A joint inspection of adult support and protection measures in Aberdeenshire has found clear strengths in ensuring adults at risk of harm are safe, protected and supported.

However, inspectors also identified areas which could further improve. 

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Thematic review on services for care experienced young people

We have notified all local authority areas of our intention to undertake a thematic review of the experiences of young people leaving care in Scotland and the extent to which their rights are upheld. The review will run from April 2024 with a report being published in early November.

In 2021, the A Way Home Coalition published Youth Homeless Prevention Pathway: Improving Care Leavers Housing Pathways. This paper highlighted the need for equality in provision of aftercare services, the importance of pathway planning and of reducing risks and crises for young people in Scotland. The following recommendation was made:

The Scottish Government should work with the Care Inspectorate to develop and undertake robust thematic integrated reviews of ‘transition services’ involving key stakeholders and providers (such as housing and accommodation and further and higher education) and Aftercare engagement up to 26.

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LifeVac anti-choking devices

The Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA) has issued Device Safety information for counterfeits and unbranded copies of LifeVac anti-choking devices.

For more information click here.

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