Independent social workers are ‘vital’, say family court judges

September 11, 2013 1 comment

Independent social workers not employed by local authorities can play a ‘vital’ role in complex family cases, senior judges have declared. Independents often offer specialist skills and skills not available at local authorities, and they can help to prevent delays for children caught up in court proceedings and awaiting decisions on adoption and fostering, the…

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Adoption hotspots map is a “gimmick” says social worker association

January 15, 2013 1 comment

The government’s recently launched adoption map is “a gimmick and not a solution”, the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has claimed. The colour-coded map highlights the number of children available for adoption in different parts of the country. BASW Acting Chief Executive Bridget Robb said that although the government’s promotion of adoption was to…

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Councils rushing adoptions, say judges

November 19, 2012 0 comments

High court judges have criticised local authorities for attempting to push through adoptions prematurely, according to the a report in The Guardian. The paper claims to have been evidence of judges expressing concern about the rushed adoption of children ‘flourishing’ in long term foster care who wished to remain with their foster families. In some…

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