Scotland to introduce emotional child abuse law

March 3, 2017 4 comments

family law

Members of the Scottish Parliament (MSPs) are considering a bill which would define and criminalise the neglect and emotional abuse of children. The measure was introduced by Early Years Minister Mark McDonald of the Scottish National Party (SNP). He said the Children and Young Persons Act, first enacted in 1937, contained “archaic language … [which]…

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Poor children ‘ten times more likely to be taken into care’

February 28, 2017 1 comment

family life

Children who live in poor areas are a startling ten times more likely to be taken into care, according to new research. Working with social research organisation the Nuffield Foundation, academics from English, Scottish and Welsh universities examined the life histories of more than 35,000 children who were either in the care system or who…

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Son of murdered mother taken into care

February 22, 2017 0 comments

family life

The three year-old son of a woman murdered by the child’s father has been taken into care. Mr Justice Moor declared that the Family Court had “enormous sympathy” for the boy in this “tragic case”. The child, only identified as ‘LT’ in the judgment, “will need very careful support in the years ahead” especially given…

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Social workers are ‘marginalised’ in court

February 16, 2017 1 comment

social workers

Work conducted by social workers before cases reach court is frequently ignored, a council has claimed. In a new report, Barking and Dagenham Council in East London claims reluctance to accept such work caused delays in care proceedings, blaming these for its failure to meet government-prescribed timetables. The report declares: “Work undertaken prior to a…

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Child protection exemption plans are ‘dangerous’

February 10, 2017 0 comments

children in care

A prominent professor of social work has condemned plans to allow councils to opt out of child protection. Professor Eileen Munro of the London School of Economics conducted an official review of the child protection system back in 2011 and has since been cited by the government as a supporter of controversial plans to allow…

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York children services rated good

February 10, 2017 0 comments

family law

The children services department of York City Council has been rated good by the inspectorate Ofsted. Following an inspection at the end of last year, Ofsted praised a restructuring of the department which was  designed to reduce the caseloads of individual social workers and free up their time for frontline work with vulnerable children.. An…

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Parent’s needn’t consent to council accommodation

February 3, 2017 1 comment

fostering and adoption

The consent of parents is not required for councils to legally provide accommodation for their children, the Court of Appeal has ruled. Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 states that: “Every local authority shall provide accommodation for any child in need within their area who appears to them to require accommodation as a result…

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Worcestershire Council under fire from Ofsted

January 26, 2017 1 comment

children in care

Worcestershire County Council has been criticised for “widespread and serious” child protection failures by the inspectorate Ofsted. The problems encompassed both children in residential care and those placed with guardians and adopted families. The council had not recruited enough “good quality, permanent social workers” Ofsted found, and had applied inconsistent standards when making decisions across…

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Parents who lied about injury regain their children

January 20, 2017 0 comments

family law

A young brother and sister who were taken into care after their father injured the boy are to be returned to their parents’ care. In C (Children : phased rehabilitation), the youngsters in question were three and one years of age. Their parents are both still in their 20s. In September 2015, the younger brother,…

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Social workers at ‘inadequate’ council set for strike

January 16, 2017 1 comment

child protection

Employees of the children’s services department employees at a West Yorkshire council have announced plans to go on strike. Child protection services at Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council was given a poor rating by Ofsted in November. The inspectorate declared that: “Services for vulnerable children in Kirklees are inadequate, due to serious and widespread failures which…

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