Family Division President warns against hasty proceedings

January 22, 2018 5 comments

children, family law

Local authorities must give more thought to whether or not care proceedings are really necessary, Britain’s most senior family law judge declared in a recent ruling. The case concerned the parents of a four year-old boy, referred to as ‘AB’, who suffers from a “life-limiting” brain disorder. In February of last year, their local authority…

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Another data breach, a missing child and more

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January 19, 2018 1 comment

family law

A week in family law The week began with news of yet another local authority data breach relating to children in care. This time it was the turn of Leicester City Council, which accidentally emailed a spreadsheet containing details of “hundreds, potentially thousands” of vulnerable people, including children, to 27 taxi firms. The Council sent…

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Council in huge care data breach

January 16, 2018 3 comments

children in care

A local authority accidentally disclosed the names of “hundreds” of children in care and vulnerable adults earlier this month. An unnamed person at Leicester City Council accidentally included a “large spreadsheet” as an attachment in emails sent to 27 different taxi firms inviting tenders to transport children living in residential homes, as well as adults…

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Children in foster care deserve better say MPs

December 29, 2017 2 comments

children in care

The government should conduct a thorough review of the overstretched care system, the Commons Education Committee has claimed. In a new report, the MPs also call for children in foster placements to be given more information on their placement and for greater efforts to be made to keep siblings who have been taken into care…

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Troubled autistic boy can be left in care home court rules

December 22, 2017 0 comments

deprivation of liberty

Restrictions placed on an 11 year-old living in a residential care home are lawful, a family court has declared. The boy was placed in a special residential home earlier this year after social workers became concerned that his mother was neglecting him and could not cope with his disabilities. ‘B’ has a form of autism,…

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500 new child protection investigations a day

December 20, 2017 6 comments

family life

Councils launched more than 500 new child welfare investigations a day last year according to new figures from the Local Government Association (LGA). The organisation represents 370 English and Welsh councils. it contrasts the figure with the situation ten years ago, when an average of just 200 investigations  a day were launched. LGA Chair Richard…

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Children’s services struggling due to funding shortage

November 1, 2017 2 comments

family law

Many local authorities do not have the resources to support children who need it, councillors have claimed. In a recently published survey from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), more than a third – 35 per cent – of councillors responsible for children’s services said this was the case where they worked.  Thirty per cent also…

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Care system linked to crime

October 23, 2017 5 comments

family life

Children who are exposed to the care system at a young age are more likely to become involved in crime as teenagers, government research has found. A new analysis by the Ministry of Justice cross-references youngsters who were the subject of welfare interventions by social workers while young with those whose names later ended up…

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