Child abuse guidance is ‘too long’

May 4, 2017 2 comments

family law

Government guidelines on dealing with child abuse and neglect are too long and unlikely to be effective, senior social workers have claimed. The draft guidelines were produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), a independent advisory body within the Department of Health, following a project launched in 2014. Both the Department…

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Pennsylvania plans to accelerate adoption

April 18, 2017 0 comments

United States, family law

Legislators inhe northeastern state of Pennsylvania recently recently passed no less than six bills intended to accelerate the process of adoption for residents. The House of Representatives approved measures which would halve the time available to birth mothers to change their minds after agreeing to surrender their new babies, from 30 days to just two…

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New Zealand overhauls child protection

April 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

The New Zealand government is set to overhaul the way it approaches child protection. The government department which deals with this issue, the Ministry of Child Youth and Family (CYF), will be replaced by the Ministry for Vulnerable Children. Lawmakers insist that this represents more than just a name change and hope a shift in…

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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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Local authority ‘sued’ by five year old for neglect

February 7, 2017 1 comment

children in care

Legal action has been launched against a local authority on behalf of a five year-old boy and his siblings after social workers left them alone with drug addict parents. Instead of being taken into foster accomodation, the unnamed boy, his older brother and two sisters all remained in the couple’s care, living in dirty conditions,…

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Thousands of teenagers neglected by parents

November 29, 2016 4 comments

family law

Tens of thousands of British teenagers are neglected by their parents, new research suggests. The Children’s Society found that perhaps as many as three children in every Year 10 class experience some form of parental neglect. They are often mistakenly seen as in need of less care than younger children, the charity claims, and as…

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Judge praises social worker in care case

October 19, 2016 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A family court judge has praised the efforts of a social worker to help the children of a troubled family. The case concerned four children. Following a lengthy history of involvement by social workers, all four children had been taken into interim care. The parents then applied for the return of the youngest three, although…

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