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

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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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Baby is not a resident of any country, court declares

March 28, 2013 0 comments

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In an unusual case, the High Court has declared that a baby born in the UK to Slovakian parents is not ‘habitually resident’ in either country. In Re T, a 16 year-old girl from the eastern European country had been placed in a mother and baby unit within a children’s home after becoming pregnant. She…

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Michael Gove threatens to remove Doncaster Council’s responsibility for child protection

March 27, 2013 0 comments

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Education Secretary Michael Gove has threatened to strip Doncaster Council of its child protection responsibilities. Mr Gove said the South Yorkshire town has not overcome “serious and long-standing failures”, The Guardian reports. Gove wrote to the Doncaster Mayor Peter Davies, telling him he had ordered a review of the council’s social services for children. It…

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Teenage boy fails in bid to testify in court

March 26, 2013 1 comment

A 15 year old boy who wanted to testify in court regarding a care order has lost his appeal. The boy and with his younger half-sibling were put into care due to concerns of neglect. This followed evidence that their mother planned to leave them while they were at school, with no provisions for their…

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Scottish council allocates £100,000 to children in care

March 26, 2013 0 comments

Renfrewshire Council in Scotland has allocated an extra £100,000 to recruit three new specialists to help ‘looked after children’ in the region. The term ‘looked after children’ includes children in care, those living with foster parents, and those living with members of their family under a supervision order. The new recruits will help affected children…

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