EU News: Lots of it, but little appropriate or of good quality - Children in Europe are on average starting to use the Internet at the age of 7, but only one in three 9-12 year olds feel that there are enough ‘good things for kids’ of their age online, according to a pan-European survey published by the European Commission.
The study also shows that 1 in 8 children have upsetting experiences online and they still lack skills & confidence using Internet. To help deal with these problems, the Commission has launched a competition to encourage the creation of online high quality content for children. The Commission is committed to helping parents and their children keep safe online as part of the Digital Agenda for Europe.
NICE: Co-ordinated care is the best way forward - NICE has joined forces with charities, royal colleges, public & private sectors in a pledge to transform the quality of life for people living with dementia. Currently, there are around 750,000 people living with dementia in the UK at a cost of £20bn p.a.. It is estimated that 1m people will have dementia within 15 years, rising to 1.7m by 2051 as the population ages.
A total of 45 organisations have now united to form the Dementia Action Alliance, set up to bring about radical changes in the way society responds to dementia. In the first step in a major campaign for change, the Alliance has launched a National Dementia Declaration. This far-reaching charter spells out exactly what each Alliance member plans to do to improve the quality of life for people with dementia in England.
NICE's main contribution to the Declaration is the development of a quality standard on dementia care, launched by the health secretary Andrew Lansley in June 2010. The dementia quality standard sets out a vision of what high-quality care should look like for dementia patients on the NHS and is underpinned by the joint NICE/Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) clinical guideline on dementia care and appraisals on medicines relevant to the condition.
KF: Departing with minimal pain and maximum dignity - Much more needs to be done to give patients & carers real choices about their care at the end of life, according to a new report by The King’s Fund. The report, which provides examples of good practice in end-of-life care, highlights progress made in enabling patients to be cared for & die in their place of choice.
Following on closely from the government’s announcement of a review of end-of-life care in 2013, it has prompted The King’s Fund to warn of the dangers of losing momentum in the drive to improve end-of-life care.
‘Implementing the End of Life Care Strategy: lessons for good practice’ looks at 3 Marie Curie Delivering Choice programmes, which work to identify the barriers to good care and highlights examples of good practice from across the country. It argues that significant progress can be made by rolling out existing good practice & adapting it to local contexts and that the public spending squeeze need not stand in the way of further improvements to end-of-life care.
DfE: Is it too much to ask – ‘Never Again’ - The Government has fulfilled its commitment to publish the two Serious Case Review (SCR) overview reports into the tragic death of Peter Connelly, in order to restore public confidence & improve transparency in the child protection system.
The SCR reports have both been carefully & appropriately redacted & anonymised to protect the privacy & welfare of vulnerable children and their families. Children’s Minister Tim Loughton wants the publication of the Peter Connelly reports to help enable:
* genuine lessons to be learned
* transparency to restore public confidence
* the identification of everyone’s roles & shared responsibilities
Ofsted: A failure to implement & ensure good practice - Illustrated with detailed case studies, Ofsted’s latest serious case review report, ‘Learning lessons from serious case reviews 2009-2010’ was published last week. The report looks at 147 serious case reviews (SCRs) evaluated by Ofsted between 1 April 2009 and 31 March 2010. SCRs are local enquiries into the death or serious injury of a child where abuse or neglect is known or suspected to be a factor.
Overall, the quality of the reviews themselves continues a strong trend of improvement, with 42% judged good, 42% adequate and 16% judged inadequate. However, many of the cases reviewed reveal the persistence of some key issues in practice, which have contributed to shortcomings in the protection of the children involved.
The report found that of the 194 children involved, 119 children were known to children’s social care services at the time of the incident; 90 children were receiving services as children in need, of which 49 were the subject of child protection plans. 31 of the children who had died were receiving children in need services.
A consistent finding from the reviews was that there had been a failure to implement & ensure good practice even though established frameworks and guidance were available.
Forthcoming Event: SPRINT Annual Conference: ‘Apocalypse Now and the SPRINT response.’ - Warwick Hilton, Warwick, Thursday 4 November 2010. This 10th Annual Conference is open to everybody in the Public Sector.
SPRINT is a widely adopted method for Innovation & Radical Change, developed by Local Government for Local Government. It is also a community of 1000+ business improvement practitioners and change managers working in 150+ Local Government organisations across the UK.
SPRINT holds the view that organisations need to take direct responsibility for innovation and radical change rather than turning to external sources to achieve that for them. Fundamentally, SPRINT embraces a capacity-building approach and the impetus to do more with less.