Council leaders highlight “crisis” in social care for children

June 26, 2017 1 comment

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Social care services for children are in “crisis” campaigners and council leaders have claimed. Last week’s Queen’s Speech did not contain any commitment by the government to improve the quality of social work provision for children, they complained. Anna Feuchtwang is chief executive of charity the National Children’s Bureau. Speaking in conjunction with the Local…

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Social worker struck off ‘after lying to colleagues’

June 6, 2017 3 comments

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‏A social worker who falsely claimed a mother had threatened to kill herself has been struck off. The unnamed female social worker told her manager that the woman had not only threatened suicide but also said she would kill her children and burn down her house. Unsurprisingly her three children were taken into emergency care…

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Scotland to review its care system

June 1, 2017 1 comment

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Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has announced the launch of an independent review to look into the care system north of the border. At a special event for care leavers, Sturgeon explained that the new review would examine the entire structure of the Scottish system, including the relevant legislation and the first-hand experiences of the…

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Bullying mother ‘intimidated’ doctors

May 26, 2017 2 comments

fostering and adoption

A “lively” and “zany” teenage boy has been taken into care after his parents fabricated medical symptoms and subjected him to years of unnecessary medical treatment. The 15 year-old boy who has been made the subject of an interim care order. ‘H’ has spent significant periods of his life in hospital receiving various kinds of…

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Under 35s should be come foster carers claims charity

May 19, 2017 3 comments

children in care

More people under the age of 35 should consider becoming foster carers a charity has claimed. The Fostering Network called for younger volunteers as this year’s Foster Care Fortnight draws to a  close. The charity highlighted the fact that the great majority of foster carers are older people – less than five per cent are…

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Government to assess foster care

April 26, 2017 1 comment

children in care

The Department for Education has launched a formal consultation on the future of foster care. Government advisors Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers will conduct a ‘national fostering stocktake’, examining the role of foster carers, best practice in the care system and the experiences of looked after children. Interested parties have been invited to submit…

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Family feud hinders return of Nigerian girl

April 25, 2017 0 comments

Further investigation is necessary before decions can be made on the long-term future of a Nigerian girl living in foster care, a family court judge has concluded. Leicester City Council wanted to take 11 year-old ‘A’ into long-term care but this plan was opposed by her mother, ‘M’, who proposed that she and her daugher…

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Mental health tests for children entering care delayed

April 25, 2017 1 comment

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Plans to routinely assess the mental health of children entering the care system have been delayed. Pilot schemes were due to start next month in ten areas but the plans are now on hold, the Department for Education has announced, pending the results of the snap general election. The scheme would have seen mental health…

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Social worker ‘exaggerated’ threats from father

April 20, 2017 5 comments

children in care

A “complacent” county council’s failure to support a newly qualified social worker contributed to his invention of threats by a parent, a family court judge has concluded. The inexperienced social worker, ‘LM’, had been involved in the preparation of paperwork relating to the children of a man called ‘CW’, who have since been taken into…

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