“Disappointing” growth in children placed outside home areas

September 20, 2017 1 comment

children in care

A continuing rise in the number of children being sent to residential homes outside their home areas is “bitterly disappointing”, MPs have claimed. Recently published government statistics reveal that more than 4,000 youngsters had been placed in residential homes outside their local authority areas by the end of March last year: nearly 80 per cent…

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Mental health support ‘urgently needed’ for care leavers

September 18, 2017 1 comment

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As many as two thirds of care leavers with mental health issues are not receiving any help, a charity has claimed. Research from Barnardo’s suggests that out of the 26,340 care leavers in England, nearly half may be suffering from mental health problems. In a recently published report, the charity also claims that as many…

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Migrant children suffering after years of spending cuts

August 21, 2017 2 comments

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Unaccompanied migrant children in the UK are struggling after years of harsh spending cuts the Children’s Society has warned. In a new report, the charity highlights the decision of the then-government to exclude migrant children from legal aid – only refugees who have applied for asylum are eligible. This has meant that children who enter…

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Controversial social worker scheme dropped

August 17, 2017 11 comments

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Plans to increase collaboration between court guardians and social workers have been dropped following concerns that they may encourage collusion. The scheme was outlined in February by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and Cafcass, with the suggestion that it might speed up care proceedings and cut unnecessary court appearances, amidst concerns about…

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Lithuanian grandfather denied care of four children

August 8, 2017 1 comment

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The High Court has refused to place four children in the care of their Lithuanian grandfather. All four children, who were one, two, five and seven years old respectively, were placed in foster care last year following an interim care order. However the judgment did not specify why they had been removed from their parents….

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Council apologises for wrongfully taking a child into care

August 1, 2017 2 comments

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Gloucestershire County Council has apologised following the wrongful removal of a baby from its parents. The case concerned a one year-old toddler who was taken from the care of the mother “wrongly and without prior notice”, on June 1 this year. The removal was in breach of a previously agreed care order specifying that if…

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West Midlands Council praised by Ofsted

July 10, 2017 4 comments

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A local authority in the West Midlands has been praised by government inspectorate Ofsted for a range of improvements to its child protection services. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council was in danger of losing responsibility for child protection altogether after inspectors dubbed its performance ‘inadequate’ last spring. But now they believe “positive progress” has been made….

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Children in care: a north-south divide

July 3, 2017 2 comments

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Children are more likely to be taken into care if they live in the North of England than they are in the South. This divide was identified by researchers from Lancaster University. In a newly published study, they found that in 2015-16 almost half of care applications made in the North West – 46 per…

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