Quit playing games with my… head? Online therapeutic games for LGBTQ+ youth #MindTech2019

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Will Koehler writes his debut Mental Elf blog on an exploratory study about how LGBT youth use the internet in relation to their mental health.

Follow #MindTech2019 on Twitter today to hear more from the lead author Mathijs Lucassen about this and other recent digital mental health research.

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Social Care in Northern Ireland – not as different as you might think

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Catherine Needham reviews a study by Chapman (2019) which considers older people’s knowledge and understanding of the social care system in Northern Ireland.

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From charity to social enterprise: a case study highlights challenges in adopting self-directed support policy

What are the impacts when a third-sector organisation providing social care services moves toward an open and competitive market?

Jenny Fisher considers the perspectives of staff, managers and service users of a Scottish social care charitable organisation for children with complex needs, which faces funding and organisational change, brought about by self-directed support legislation.

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Direct payments in residential care: ideas for implementation and some concerns about their value

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Martin Stevens considers the low uptake of direct payments in residential care: an evaluation of the Direct Payments in Residential Care Trailblazers.

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What is happening to the quality of care in care homes during times of austerity?

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Mike Clark looks at a study of 12 different nursing homes on how quality of care is affected by financial cutbacks.

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Something old, something new: Defensive practice in social work

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Jill Manthorpe examines a study on social work student perspectives on defensive practice and finds that fear and organisational culture play a role and that this can effect service user and family engagement.

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