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14 and Over

All children and young people have the right to full-time education up to the age of 16 and now must attend education, attend training or be employed from 16-18. Many young people with special educational needs and disabilities benefit enormously from these last few years,…

Abdominal aortic aneurysm screening

Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening is a way of checking if there's a bulge or swelling in the aorta, the main blood vessel that runs from your heart down through your tummy. This bulge or swelling is called an abdominal aortic aneurysm, or AAA. It can be serious if it's…

ACCTV high quality, in-house learning programmes for Adult Health and Social Care

Optimum have a membership agreement with ACCTV to offer high quality learning programmes for adult social care and health staff at a special discounted rate. ACC  is a Skills for Care ‘Centre of Excellence’ awarded national learning and training provider and have a programme library…

Alcohol misuse

Alcohol misuse means drinking excessively - more than the lower-risk limits of alcohol consumption. Alcohol consumption is measured in units. A unit of alcohol is 10ml of pure alcohol, which is about: half a pint of normal-strength lager a single measure (25ml) of spirits A small glass (125ml) of wine…

Allegations of historical child abuse in Nottinghamshire

Nottinghamshire County Council, Nottingham City Council and Nottinghamshire Police are looking into allegations of child abuse in Nottinghamshire children's homes going back to the 1950s. Children's homes should be a place of safety, and harm of any kind is a dreadful and damaging abuse of…


Bullying can take place anywhere - in schools, in the wider community and on-line. It can be particularly distressing not only to the person being bullied but also the individual's family. Bullying is often targeted at certain groups of people, perhaps because of their disability,…

Care Act Videos

Introducing the Care Act This film is a conversation between Alan Langton and David Pearson about the Care Act and what it means to people in Nottinghamshire.   What is Wellbeing? Wellbeing is an overarching principle in the Care Act.  But what does wellbeing mean? …

Caring for someone with autism

If you care for someone with autism, their wellbeing will be your main concern but don't ignore your own needs. Getting help and support and the occasional break will be good for you as well as the person under your care. Benefits and help for…

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