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Wales continues to spend more on key public services – Welsh Government
The First Minister Mark Drakeford has welcomed official figures which show Wales continues to invest more in key public services than other parts of the UK.

Welsh Government issues new guidance on working with perpetrators of violence, domestic abuse and sexual assault – Welsh Government
New guidance for people who come into contact with perpetrators of violence, domestic abuse and sexual assault through their everyday work.

Victims and survivors of domestic abuse and sexual violence let down by fragmented system – Wales Audit Office 
Services are inconsistent, complex and short term, and victims and survivors find it difficult to get the help they need.

Big challenges remain for Cwm Taf Morgannwg Health Board – Healthcare Inspectorate Wales 
“Many areas where significant improvements are required,” says joint review of quality governance.

Carers 

The law on care and support: carers’ rights – Welsh Government 
Explains the rights unpaid carers have under the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014.

Written statement: National Carers’ Rights Day 2019 – Welsh Government
Julie Morgan, Deputy Minister for Health and Social Services
On National Carers’ Rights Day I pay tribute to those people who look after others out of love rather than for any material reward. People caring for family and friends is the bedrock of a reciprocal society. All of us will have times in our life when we need some looking after and most of us will find ourselves caring for someone close to us at some point.

“With an ageing population, carers are getting older too – it feels like we’re running towards a cliff edge” – National Assembly for Wales 
On Carers’ Rights Day, the National Assembly’s Health, Social Care and Sport Committee is calling on the Welsh Government to take decisive action to ensure that carers have the rights and support promised by Welsh Government legislation in 2014.

Health, Social Care and Sport Committee – Caring for our future: An inquiry into the impact of the Social Services and Well-being (Wales) Act 2014 in relation to carers – National Assembly for Wales

Press release: 70% of adults in Wales can expect to care unpaid for a loved one in their lifetime – Carers Wales 
Seventy per cent of adults in Wales can expect to care unpaid for a loved one in their lifetime
•    Figures released for Carers Rights Day show 70 per cent of adults in Wales can expect to care unpaid for a loved one in their lifetime
•    Women taking on caring responsibilities eight years earlier than men
•    Carers Wales calls for Welsh Government to prioritise sustainable investment in social care services to support the 370,000 carers in Wales.

Care and safeguarding 

Residential child care worker’s suspension extended for three months – Social Care Wales
A suspended residential child care worker from Wrexham has been barred from working in a registered social care role in Wales for a further three months, after a fitness to practise panel met last week to review his case.

Children and childcare

Healthy Child Wales Programme (contacts with children): April to June 2019 – Welsh Government
Healthy Child Wales Programme (HCWP) is a universal health programme for all families with children aged 0 to 7 for April to June 2019.

Mental health

Care-experienced children and young people urgently need mental health support – NYAS Cymru
Our latest campaign Looked after Minds highlights the lack of mental health support for care-experienced children is limiting their potential

Publications, calls and events

Children in Wales courses:

•    Tools for change: promoting young people’s voices in assessment and interventions (Cardiff, 28 November)
•    Child Criminal and Sexual Exploitation (Cardiff, 29 November)

ExChange Autumn Conference – “All you need is love? Reflecting on relationships in the care system” (Swansea, 26 November)

Networking lunch and masterclass for care home managers across Wales during national improvement conference – Care Home Cymru (Newport, 26 November)

Stroke Research, Innovation, Education and Care Seminar (Cardiff, 27 November)

Older People Sight Loss Early Detection and Action Workshop (for Health Care Support Workers and Nursing Students) (Cardiff, 28 November)

WLGA Annual Conference 2019 (Cardiff, 28-29 November) POSTPONED

UK HealthTech Conference 2019 (Cardiff, 4 December)

MediWales Innovation Awards (Cardiff, 4 December)

Lost in Care: 20 Years On (Cardiff, 11 December)

ADSS Cymru Spring Seminar (Cardiff, 5 March)

Adverse Childhood Experiences: alternative delivery models (TBC, 19 March and 26 March 2020)

Health and Care Research Wales Support and Delivery Service Day (Cardiff, 19 March)

IMPACT: Learning from the ups and downs of co-production with social care services in Wales – West and Mid Wales (Carmarthenshire, 24 March)

IMPACT: Learning from the ups and downs of co-production with social care services in Wales – North Wales (Conwy, 8 July)

UK

Radical plans aim to give power back to frontline social workers – The Guardian
A new system modelled on the Netherlands Buurtzorg approach could increase the time spent with families by 60 per cent.

‘No child should be moved away’: why councils are opening new children’s homes –The Guardian
Vulnerable children are sometimes placed hundreds of miles away. Can new ‘family style’ homes meet their complex needs?

The Copenhagen house that’s probably the best children’s home in the world – The Guardian
In Denmark, children’s homes are places of stability, comfort and support. Now a British entrepreneur is bringing the model to the UK.

Is it right to use AI to identify children at risk of harm? – The Guardian 
Machine learning is being used to help protect children, but it raises ethical questions.

‘A home for life’: extra-care housing helps older people stay independent – The Guardian
Retirement communities attract quality staff and offer savings for NHS and social care budgets.

Refer a friend: can an app tackle the social care recruitment crisis? – The Guardian
Referral app rewards staff who encourage friends and family to apply for vacant roles.

‘Half of women will be carers by the age of 46’ – BBC News
Women can expect to take on caring responsibilities for an older, sick or disabled relative more than a decade earlier than men, a report concludes

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