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Disabled Children’s Partnership Secret Life of Us Campaign

James Pantling-Skeet

The Disabled Children’s Partnership is a coalition of more than 50 charities and organisations which have joined forces with families to launch the ‘Secret Life of Us’ campaign. More information on the Campaign can be found on the following website:

Complaints to Ombudsman continue to rise over care provision and adult safeguarding

Nicholas Endean

The recently published annual review from the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has highlighted a dramatic increase in the number of social care complaints being made. 

Court of Appeal rule on reduced care package case

Nicholas Endean

The Court of Appeal have recently ruled on a particularly challenging and important Care Act case where the Claimant’s care package had been drastically reduced by the Defendant Local Authority. 

Education, Health and Care Plans – Are they working?

Nicholas Endean

Families of children with special educational needs are facing a “disproportionate burden” to ensure they get the support they need. This is the main headline from a recent report issued by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman.

NHS Continuing Healthcare: Cap to Community-based Care Funding

James Pantling-Skeet

Today we learn from the Equality and Human Rights Commission (“EHRC”) that a new policy implemented by 44 Clinical Commissioning Groups (“CCGs”) which caps funding for NHS Continuing Healthcare funded care 

The Mental Capacity Act 2005 - 10 Years On

James Pantling-Skeet

Recently the Mental Capacity Act (“MCA”) 2005 reached its 10 year anniversary. The question is what has changed since the Acts introduction and has the legislation been effective?

Social workers facing pressure to use Section 20 arrangements

Nicholas Endean

Voluntary accommodation placements under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 are being increasingly used by Local Authorities to avoid care proceedings. This is the findings of the Your Family, Your Voice Alliance in their recently published report.

NHS continuing healthcare – National Audit Office Investigation report

James Pantling-Skeet

A recent report published by the National Audit Office has highlighted the all too well-known systemic failings of NHS continuing healthcare. 

Disabled children and Ombudsman investigation

James Pantling-Skeet

A recent investigation by the Local Government & Social Care Ombudsman in a case involving a young disabled man has confirmed that Children’s services in Croydon had failed to meet their combined statutory duties under the Children Act 1989 and the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970 to provide support services. 


Autism charities demand change ahead of General Election

Nicholas Endean

North West charity, Autism Together along with other regional autism charities have sent an open letter to the leaders of the main political parties ahead of this month’s general election highlighting the failures by local authorities to ensure a fair and proper needs assessment.


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