Parents who lied about injury regain their children

January 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

A young brother and sister who were taken into care after their father injured the boy are to be returned to their parents’ care. In C (Children : phased rehabilitation), the youngsters in question were three and one years of age. Their parents are both still in their 20s. In September 2015, the younger brother,…

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Social workers at ‘inadequate’ council set for strike

January 16, 2017 0 comments

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Employees of the children’s services department employees at a West Yorkshire council have announced plans to go on strike. Child protection services at Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council was given a poor rating by Ofsted in November. The inspectorate declared that: “Services for vulnerable children in Kirklees are inadequate, due to serious and widespread failures which…

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Magistrates warn of children’s rights ‘threat’

January 10, 2017 0 comments

family law

The legal rights of children could be under threat if local authorities are allowed to opt out of their obligations, a group of magistrates have claimed. This warning comes in response to a section of the Children and Social Work Bill which is currently making its way through Parliament. The Magistrates Association (MA), a charity…

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Social worker accreditation comes into focus

December 23, 2016 0 comments

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A new accreditation system for social workers will not be universally introduced until 2019, the Department for Education has announced. The scheme will make its debut on  voluntary basis at 31 council fora two year period from early 2017, according to the Department for Education. Amongst the councils set to trial the plans will be…

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Care applications up by nearly a quarter

December 14, 2016 2 comments

children in care

Cafcass received almost a quarter more care applications referrals last month than it did in November 2015. A total of 1,262 referrals were made in November this year, compared to only 1,036 twelve months previously: an increase of 22 per cent. The number of care applications referred to the Service across the twelve months to…

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London Borough under fire from Ofsted

December 13, 2016 0 comments

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The London Borough of Havering in East London is guilty of “widespread failures” Ofsted has declared. Following a single visit, the inspectorate concluded that the borough’s children’s service work required “improvement”, while its work with care leavers was “inadequate” and of particular concern. The Borough had still not made improvements recommended by Ofsted as long…

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Trafficked children disappearing from care

November 17, 2016 1 comment

children in care

Hundreds of trafficked and unaccompanied asylum-seeking children went missing from care in the 12 months to September last year. The charities Ecpat UK and Missing People report that 167 trafficked children and as many as 593 unaccompanied asylum seekers disappeared from the care system over the year in question. Alarmingly, 207 (or 40 per cent)…

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Lords throw out council childcare exemption plans

November 10, 2016 1 comment

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Controversial plans to allow councils an exemption from their child protection duties have been thrown out by the House of Lords. A clause in the still draft Children and Social Work Bill would have allowed the Secretary of State for Education to exempt selected local authorities for periods of three years or more from their…

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£10 million in new funding for care leavers

November 2, 2016 0 comments

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Around £10 million will be made available to care leavers over the next five years, a charitable organisation has announced. The Esmée Fairbairn Foundation distributes grants intended to improve social welfare and the quality of life. It was established in 1961 by city investor Bruce Fairbairn in honour of his late wife. In a new…

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Care leaver charities to merge

October 30, 2016 0 comments

care leavers

Two of the largest charities to support care leavers have announced plans to merge. The Rees Foundation provides a variety of support and services to young people leaving the care system, many of whom remain vulnerable without the support of families or relatives.  The self-explanatory Care Leavers Foundation undertakes similar work, including the provision of…

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