Judge orders removal of 6 children from parents

October 14, 2015 0 comments

family law

A Family Court judge in East London has ordered the removal of six children from their parents’ care. The family lived a transient life and came to the attention of several local authorities due to the mother’s depression and the father’s “personality disorder and tendency to aggressive behaviour”. Additionally, there had been a history of…

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Further rise in care applications

October 14, 2015 0 comments

children, family law

The number of children entering the care system rose by seven per cent in September, Cafcass has announced. The latest set of monthly statistics published by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service reveals a total of 979 care applications across the month. In September 2014, there were just 913. In the year…

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1,000 vulnerable teenagers evicted each year

September 29, 2015 0 comments

family law

A thousand vulnerable teenagers are evicted by local authorities every year, new research has found. A study by charity the Children’s Society indicates that there are around 8,400 16 and 17 year-olds in the country who are not in foster care or a children’s home but still require  a place to live. Therefore, local authorities…

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Care does not harm education

September 17, 2015 1 comment

children, family law

Placing a child in care does not harm their education, new research suggests. Academics from Oxford University collected data from 28 different studies in the UK, United States, Canada and Australia. Each examined how well children in care coped at school. The chosen studies were all conducted after 1990 and ranged from 107 respondents to…

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New Aboriginal children adoption drive in British Columbia

September 11, 2015 0 comments

The needs of Aboriginal children in care is the driver for a new initiative to improve adoption and permanent care solutions in the western Canadian province of British Columbia (BC). Aboriginal people make up five per cent of the BC population, and Aboriginal children make up eight per cent of the total child population in…

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Child care epidemic

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September 10, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

Only two days ago I said here that I don’t normally write about child care cases. Well, I’m going to break that rule again, although today I will not be writing about specific cases. In another life I run a website that attempts, amongst other things, to catalogue every published family law judgment, or at…

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Care leavers should get support based on needs

September 10, 2015 1 comment

Care leavers should get support based on their needs, rather than their age or whether they’re still receiving education or training, a Parliamentary committee heard this week. Witnesses who have experienced the UK care system first hand, as well as representatives from interest groups and MPs, gave evidence to the Public Accounts Committee. At the…

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Mother fails to regain care of teen daughter

September 8, 2015 0 comments

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The Family Court has rejected a mother’s legal bid to have her 13 year-old daughter returned to her care. She had applied for the dismissal of a 2011 care order which placed her daughter, ‘B’, in long term foster care. The mother also applied for an increase in the number of times she could see…

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Migrant care leavers ‘left destitute’

September 3, 2015 0 comments

children in care

Migrant children who enter the UK unaccompanied are frequently left “destitute and in limbo” when they leave the care system, a charity has claimed. Many local authorities fail to fully assess the welfare requirements of children who enter the UK without parents or other relatives, the Children’s Society declares in a newly published report, breaching…

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Children in care rehomed 3 times a year

August 24, 2015 0 comments

children

Some children in the Northern Irish care system are re-homed up to three times a year, a new report alleges. Data gathered by the Northern Ireland Human Rights Commission (NIHRC) found that there are more than 2,800 ‘looked after children’ in the province. The number is at its highest since the introduction of the Children…

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