Children in care: a north-south divide

July 3, 2017 1 comment

family law

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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Family Division President: judges can talk to Ofsted

June 28, 2017 1 comment

Ofsted

Judges are allowed to talk to Ofsted inspectors the President of the Family Division has declared. In newly published guidance, Sir James Munby noted that “some confusion had arisen over the propriety” of judges talking to Ofsted staff while the latter conduct inspections of children’s services departments and similar organisations. “For the avoidance of doubt”…

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Social worker struck off ‘after lying to colleagues’

June 6, 2017 3 comments

fostering and adoption

‏A social worker who falsely claimed a mother had threatened to kill herself has been struck off. The unnamed female social worker told her manager that the woman had not only threatened suicide but also said she would kill her children and burn down her house. Unsurprisingly her three children were taken into emergency care…

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Scotland to review its care system

June 1, 2017 1 comment

care leavers

Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the launch of an independent review to look into the care system north of the border. At a special event for care leavers, Sturgeon explained that the new review would examine the entire structure of the Scottish system, including the relevant legislation and the first-hand experiences of the…

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Free accommodation for care leavers attending university

May 23, 2017 0 comments

family law

Care leavers attending university can now apply for free accommodation as applications for an extended higher education scholarship open. A total of 70 slots are available for available to care leavers under the age of 25 who will be attending university at one of 28 participating establishments over the next academic year. Previously only ten…

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Abandoned Afghan boy taken into care

May 15, 2017 3 comments

family law

A 12 year-old boy found lost and and abandoned at Heathrow Airport should be taken into care, a family court has ruled. He was found wandering around the airport after arriving unaccompanied on a flight from Kabul. After being rescued by the authorities he told a translator his mother had bought him a plane ticket,…

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Troubled teen ‘should enter secure care home’

April 26, 2017 1 comment

deprivation of liberty, family law

A troubled teen must enter secure accomodation after making multiple suicide attempts, a family court judge has concluded. The girl in question, ‘A’, was born in 1999 and therefore 17 years of age. Thanks to a difficutl childhood she had problems with her mental health, but was still, in the words of Her Honour Judge…

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Government to assess foster care

April 26, 2017 1 comment

children in care

The Department for Education has launched a formal consultation on the future of foster care. Government advisors Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers will conduct a ‘national fostering stocktake’, examining the role of foster carers, best practice in the care system and the experiences of looked after children. Interested parties have been invited to submit…

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Family feud hinders return of Nigerian girl

April 25, 2017 0 comments

Further investigation is necessary before decions can be made on the long-term future of a Nigerian girl living in foster care, a family court judge has concluded. Leicester City Council wanted to take 11 year-old ‘A’ into long-term care but this plan was opposed by her mother, ‘M’, who proposed that she and her daugher…

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