Children and informal kinship carers

April 17, 2013 1 comment

family life

I have written more than once on this blog about the plight of children in care. Of course children are almost always taken into care for every good reasons – to remove them from corrosive environments, from neglect and abuse. But it is never a decision to be undertaken lightly. Judges work very hard to…

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Mother loses appeal against contact order

April 15, 2013 0 comments

A mother has lost her appeal against an order prohibiting contact between her and her newborn baby. In W (A Child), a local authority had applied for the order under section 34(4) of the Children Act 1989. This states that: “On an application made by the authority or the child, the court may make an…

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Care applications at record high, says Cafcass

April 12, 2013 0 comments

children in care

Care applications have hit a record high, according to new figures from Cafcass. The service received 998 care applications across England and Wales in February, the highest figure ever recorded for a single month. The total dropped to 925 applications last month, but this figure still represented a three per cent increase on March 2012….

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New study asks children to help improve care system

April 10, 2013 0 comments

social workers

Children will be asked their views on life in care as part of a new study. The Bright-Spot project was launched this month by children’s advocacy charity Voice and the University of Bristol. Its aim is to identify practices and policies that improve children’s experiences of life in care. In order to do this, children…

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Judge grants care orders for six Slovakian children

April 5, 2013 0 comments

Six children born to poverty-stricken parents from Slovakia have been taken into care after a local authority claimed they suffered from chronic neglect. In LA vs DG and Others, the couple had moved to the UK but  then struggled to obtain work or state benefits and fallen into chronic poverty. The children, aged between eight…

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Mother succeeds in appeal against placement order

April 3, 2013 1 comment

A mother whose four children have been taken into care has succeeded in an appeal against the placement of the youngest with her mother. In Re N,  the local authority had stepped in due to the mother’s history of violent relationships, dishonesty and benefit fraud. Some of the three older children were placed with members…

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Walsall sets up children’s services watchdog

March 29, 2013 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A group of local councillors will examine children’s services in Walsall, following a highly critical Ofsted report. The report, entitled Inspection of safeguarding and looked after children services, outlined the findings of an inspection that took place in June 2012. It found children’s services in the Midlands town to be inadequate in a number of…

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Vladimir Putin plans ban on foreign adoption by gay couples

March 28, 2013 0 comments

Russian president Vladimir Putin has moved to ban the adoption of Russian children by foreign gay couples. The 60 year-old head of state has instructed government lawyers and the Russian Supreme Court to prepare changes to adoption law, newspaper Izvestia reports. The Ministry of Education and Science, responsible for orphans within the country, is likely…

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