“Disappointing” growth in children placed outside home areas

September 20, 2017 1 comment

children in care

A continuing rise in the number of children being sent to residential homes outside their home areas is “bitterly disappointing”, MPs have claimed. Recently published government statistics reveal that more than 4,000 youngsters had been placed in residential homes outside their local authority areas by the end of March last year: nearly 80 per cent…

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Social worker’s evidence “factually impoverished”

September 13, 2017 2 comments

family law

A family court judge has described the evidence given by a social worker as “some of the most factually impoverished and unhelpful” he has ever heard. The case before Judge Moradifar in the Family Court at Reading concerned two young children, aged 16 months and two months, who have been taken into care. The local…

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Migrant children suffering after years of spending cuts

August 21, 2017 2 comments

child refugees

Unaccompanied migrant children in the UK are struggling after years of harsh spending cuts the Children’s Society has warned. In a new report, the charity highlights the decision of the then-government to exclude migrant children from legal aid – only refugees who have applied for asylum are eligible. This has meant that children who enter…

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Controversial social worker scheme dropped

August 17, 2017 11 comments

children in care

Plans to increase collaboration between court guardians and social workers have been dropped following concerns that they may encourage collusion. The scheme was outlined in February by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and Cafcass, with the suggestion that it might speed up care proceedings and cut unnecessary court appearances, amidst concerns about…

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Council apologises for wrongfully taking a child into care

August 1, 2017 2 comments

children in care

Gloucestershire County Council has apologised following the wrongful removal of a baby from its parents. The case concerned a one year-old toddler who was taken from the care of the mother “wrongly and without prior notice”, on June 1 this year. The removal was in breach of a previously agreed care order specifying that if…

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West Midlands Council praised by Ofsted

July 10, 2017 4 comments

child protection

A local authority in the West Midlands has been praised by government inspectorate Ofsted for a range of improvements to its child protection services. Dudley Metropolitan Borough Council was in danger of losing responsibility for child protection altogether after inspectors dubbed its performance ‘inadequate’ last spring. But now they believe “positive progress” has been made….

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Four sisters to be taken into care following abuse

July 5, 2017 9 comments

fostering and adoption

The four daughters of a dysfunctional family in Oxfordshire should be placed for adoption a court has ruled. The sisters in question were aged 11, eight, five and two at the time of the hearing. They were removed from their mother and taken into foster care in November last year, but she had been allowed…

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Children in care: a north-south divide

July 3, 2017 1 comment

family law

Children are more likely to be taken into care if they live in the North of England than they are in the South. This divide was identified by researchers from Lancaster University. In a newly published study, they found that in 2015-16 almost half of care applications made in the North West – 46 per…

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