Child cruelty at highest level in 10 years

June 24, 2016 2 comments

family law

The number of child cruelty and neglect cases is at its highest level for a decade, a charity has claimed. The NSPCC has revealed that 8,506 such offences were recorded by police in 2014-15. This represents a 75 per cent increase since 2005 when only 4,855 instances were reported. These numbers were included in a…

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More than 500 arrested for leaving children alone

March 14, 2016 0 comments

family law

More than 500 parents were arrested over the course of a year for leaving their children unattended, new figures reveal. The majority of the arrests, from 2014-15, were parents of children ten years old or younger, according to data obtained by the BBC. However there were also arrests made over incidents involving children as young…

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Special guardian ‘spent allowance on drugs and alcohol’

February 16, 2016 0 comments

children in care

A seven month old baby has been returned to foster care after placement with family members which lasted just two weeks. The child, ‘R’, had been in care since his birth. Later the same year, social workers arranged a ‘special guardianship’ placement with his maternal aunt and her husband. The placement officially began on 15…

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Family court unable to explain baby’s injury

December 7, 2015 0 comments

family life

The family court judge was unable to determine the cause of a skull fracture suffered by a 14 month-old baby girl. In RBW & M v T&T, the injury was discovered by doctors when the toddler was taken to hospital by her mother and great grandmother in July. Earlier that month, social workers from the…

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Number of children at risk on the rise

October 26, 2015 1 comment

children, homeless

Nearly 50,000 children were the subject of a child protection plans in the 12 months to March. A total of 49,700 plans were drawn up, according to a new statistical bulletin from the Department for Education, compared to 48,300 the previous year. The figures represent a rise of 2.9 per cent in 12 months and…

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Further rise in care applications

October 14, 2015 0 comments

children, family law

The number of children entering the care system rose by seven per cent in September, Cafcass has announced. The latest set of monthly statistics published by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service reveals a total of 979 care applications across the month. In September 2014, there were just 913. In the year…

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Parents agree to adoption in ‘highly unusual’ case

September 15, 2015 0 comments

family law

In a “highly unusual case”, a couple has agreed to the adoption of their six month-old son. At the Portsmouth Family Court, Her Honour Judge Black said the parents’ decision was “a surprising turn of events” as the local authority had originally explored the possibility that the child return to his mother’s care. The six…

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