Children in care rehomed 3 times a year

August 24, 2015 0 comments

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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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Reserve apprenticeships for care leavers, charity suggests

August 19, 2015 1 comment

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A significant number of places on apprenticeship schemes should be preserved for care leavers, a children’s charity has claimed. Barnardo’s called on the government to reserve 20,000 apprenticeships for young people aged 16-18 leaving the care system, in order to help address some of the social and educational disadvantages faced by such youngsters. The number…

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‘B&B accommodation never suitable for care leavers’ warning

August 15, 2015 0 comments

Local authorities must not place care leavers in bed and breakfast accommodation, the local government ombudsman has warned. The inspectorate’s declaration followed the case of a vulnerable teenager who was placed in a bed and breakfast by Lancashire County Council when he was forced to leave home. The teen, who had complex behavioural and emotional…

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Troubled mother loses care battle over fifth child

August 14, 2015 0 comments

A troubled mother has been told by the Family Court that she cannot care for her fifth child. The mother had spent time in care during her childhood and first became pregnant at 14 years old. All four of her eldest children were taken away by the local authority. This was because of claims that…

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Quarter of care assessments ‘too slow’

August 4, 2015 0 comments

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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

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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

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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

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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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