Quarter of care assessments ‘too slow’

August 4, 2015 0 comments

family law

Around a quarter of children’s care assessments take too long, a new official report claims. Government inspectorate Ofsted recently surveyed ten local authorities and 123 cases of children involved with social services. In such cases, an assessment has to be made to determine what actions the local authority needs to protect the child. The report…

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Government representative appointed for Sunderland children’s service

July 22, 2015 0 comments

family law

The government has appointed a special commissioner to oversee improvements to the children’s services department at Sunderland City Council. Nick Whitfield is chief executive of ‘social enterprise’ Achieving for Children, an organisation which provides children’s services to Kingston and Richmond councils. Earlier this week the local authority became the latest to have its children’s services…

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Support for care leavers should be extended to 25

July 8, 2015 2 comments

children in care, care leavers, family law

Support for children who leave care should be extended until they are 25 years old, the Children’s Commissioner for England has said. Her claim followed the publication of a national survey of almost 3,000 young people which revealed that around a third believed they had left care before they were ready to do so. More…

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Number of vulnerable children continues to rise

June 24, 2015 1 comment

children in care

The number of vulnerable children taken into care or placed on the child protection register has risen for the fifth year in a row, The Guardian has claimed. The newspaper obtained government data via a Freedom of Information request. According to the findings, the number of children entering the care system rose by 8 per…

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Three siblings separated in care

June 9, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

Three children of a woman living in Skelmersdale, Lancashire, have been separated after they were taken into care. In Lancashire CC v G (Separating Siblings), the three children all had different fathers. They were taken into care after the local authority expressed serious concerns about the mother’s ability to effectively look after them. The council…

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Care plans agreed for children in Coventry

June 1, 2015 0 comments

Four children in Coventry have been taken into care by a family court in the West Midlands. In Coventry City Council v M and H, Her Honour Judge Watson reviewed proposed care plans for the four children, aged ten, eight, five and three. They had all demonstrated severe behavioural issues when in contact when members…

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Ofsted is out of touch claims Labour

April 24, 2015 0 comments

children in care

Education and children’s home inspectorate Ofsted is out of touch with the realities of the care system, the Labour Party has claimed. Speaking to Children & Young Now, shadow children’s minister Steve McCabe said the party plans to conduct a consultation on the future of Ofsted if it returns to power next month. It was…

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South Yorkshire town sees drop in missing children

April 23, 2015 0 comments

children in care

There has been a sharp fall in the number of children running away from care in South Yorkshire. Since the appointment of a special support worker in March last year, the number of youngsters going missing from care placements in Doncaster has plunged by nearly 400 per cent, from 46 to just 12. Rachel Ely-Hiscock…

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