Homes that help: a personal and professional perspective on home adaptations

Homes that help: a personal and professional perspective on home adaptations

This report from Ageing Better summarises the findings of a primary research project exploring the lived experiences of individuals who use home adaptations, and practitioners who work alongside them.

It shows, among other things, that people are delaying making vital changes to homes because of the clinical and stigmatising appearance of products like handrails and ramps.

You can read the report as an online pdf here

National LGBT Survey:  Research Analysis Report

National LGBT Survey:  Research Analysis Report

In July 2017, the government launched a nationwide LGBT survey, the survey asked for people’s views on public services about their experiences about living as a LGBT person in the UK.

This document from the Government Equalities Office, published on 3rd July this year, provides a summary of the key findings from the survey alongside the report is a more detailed analysis of the findings as well as a LGBT Action Plan

You can read the report and appendices here.

Charity Commission Annual Report published

Charity Commission Annual Report published

The Charity Commission has published its Annual Report and Accounts for the 2017-18 financial year.

The report sets out the work the Commission has undertaken in 2017-18 to meet its strategic aims to protect charities from abuse and mismanagement, enable trustees to run their charities effectively, encourage transparency and accountability, and serve as an efficient and effective regulator.

This report tells the story of a more confident, risk-led, proactive, and efficient regulator – a transformation that was recognised by the National Audit Office in November 2017 – but also highlights significant pressures on the Commission’s resources as demand on its services increases.

Charity Commission Annual Report and Accounts 2017 – 2018  (online pdf)

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons annual report: 2017 to 2018

HM Chief Inspector of Prisons annual report: 2017 to 2018

This is the annual report of HM Chief Inspector of Prisons, drawing on 77 individual inspection reports of prisons, young offender institutions, secure training centres, immigration detention, police and court custody and other custodial establishments, and thematic reports, published between 1 April 2017 and 31 March 2018.

Among its findings are highlighted:

  • Prisons need to do more to address safety
  • Poor living conditions and reduced staffing affect respect outcomes
  • Too much time locked up and poorer activity outcomes
  • Rehabilitation and release planning need to be more effective

You can read the report here

Sharp rise in under-19s being treated by NHS mental health services

Sharp rise in under-19s being treated by NHS mental health services

There were a total of 389,727 “active referrals” for people aged 18 or younger in April, a third higher than the same month two years ago, according to the latest statistics published by NHS Digital.

The number seeking help for conditions such as anxiety, depression and eating disorders is rising sharply.

Almost 50,000 children and young people a month are being referred, mainly by their GP, for mental health treatment. About 900 of those referrals are because of an eating disorder, mainly anorexia nervosa.

For more information go to NHS Digital

NEL Child Criminal Exploitation Strategy published

NEL Child Criminal Exploitation Strategy published

North East Lincolnshire have published their Child Criminal Exploitation Strategy, which has been developed by the CCE multi-agency task and finish group, and approved by the Keeping Children Safe Board.

To see a copy of The Child Criminal Exploitation Strategy 2018-2020 please click here.

The Provider Forum and Long Term Care Meetings

The Provider Forum and Long Term Care Meetings

The Provider forum is for representatives of organisations that provide care or services to adults at risk of abuse/neglect and provides an opportunity to highlight safeguarding issues and share information, expertise and good practice. It is used to discuss local issues and provide up to date information on Adult Safeguarding legislation and practice.

A newsletter is produced on the topics discussed at the meeting and previous issues can be found at www.SaferNEL.co.uk.

If you are not sure if this meeting is for you, or if you would like the agenda or more information, please contact claire.parfrement@nelincs.gov.uk.

Public Confidence in Charities - report

Public Confidence in Charities – report

Charity Commission research into public trust and confidence in charities.

This report presents the findings of independent research conducted by Populus into public trust and confidence in charities in 2018. It follows on from previous research on the same topic.

The main objectives of the report are to:

  • investigate overall public trust and confidence in charities, comparison with other sectors and changes over time
  • identify what the public consider to be trustworthy behaviours in charities
  • explore whether trust influences support, for example in terms of donations

The findings are based on a representative online survey of 2,059 adults in England and Wales (with a concurrent telephone survey to ensure compatibility with previous surveys).

You can download the report here

HSIB second national investigation report: CAMHS to AMHS

HSIB second national investigation report: CAMHS to AMHS

The Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch has published its second full investigation report to support a new learning culture around mistakes in the NHS. The investigation reviewed the transition of care from child and adolescent to adult mental health services to understand how variations in the transition impacts the safe and effective care of young people. As a result of the investigation a number of recommendations have been made to national NHS organisations to make the transition smoother and safer for young people.

This investigation followed the Healthcare Safety Investigation Branch being notified of an 18-year-old who died by suicide shortly after transitioning from child and adolescent to adult mental health services. The investigation identified possible issues regarding the transition process.

It is estimated that more than 25,000 young people transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services each year, and research has identified that few of those receive an ‘ideal’ transition. There is limited information available to determine how many young people experience severe mental health problems and need crisis support or take their own lives shortly after being discharged from child and adolescent mental health services or following transition from child and adolescent to adult mental health services.

Research suggests that, between 16 and 18 years old, young people are going through significant change and are potentially at their most vulnerable psychologically. Despite this, this is currently the age that young people are either transitioned to adult mental health services, or discharged if they do not meet the criteria for adult mental health services.

For more information about the findings and recommendations, and to read the report in full, go to the Branch website 

Unaccompanied young people's mental health

Unaccompanied young people’s mental health

The Children’s Society has published a report looking at the mental health needs of unaccompanied young people aged 10 years to 25 years old, and the mental health support that is available to them in England and Wales.

Findings from a literature review, freedom of information requests and interviews with service providers and 10 unaccompanied young people show that common mental health issues experienced include: trauma and post-traumatic stress disorder; bereavement and missing family; and post-migration stress.

The report examines the barriers unaccompanied young people face in accessing mental health support and considers best practice models in mental health support to unaccompanied young people.

You can download the report from here