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 2 comments

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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Council leaders highlight “crisis” in social care for children

June 26, 2017 1 comment

family llife

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

fostering and adoption

‏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

care leavers

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

divorce

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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