Brothers isolated by mother to remain in foster care

October 10, 2017 0 comments

family life

Three teenage brothers living with their mentally ill mother developed a “narcissistic cult” amongst themselves and had suffered emotional harm, a High Court Judge has declared. In The London Borough of Wandsworth v M and Others, the boys, aged 13, 15, and 17, had come to believe they were so much cleverer than most other…

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“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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No space available for ‘dangerous’ teen

August 25, 2017 1 comment

family life

There is no accommodation available for a teenager described as “troubled and dangerous”, a Judge has been told. In a High Court hearing, High Court Judge Mr Justice Hayden said the case posed “a dilemma you would not expect to see in a mature society in 2017”. ‘F’, who is just 14, was placed in…

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Troubled teen ‘should enter secure care home’

April 26, 2017 1 comment

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A troubled teen must enter secure accomodation after making multiple suicide attempts, a family court judge has concluded. The girl in question, ‘A’, was born in 1999 and therefore 17 years of age. Thanks to a difficutl childhood she had problems with her mental health, but was still, in the words of Her Honour Judge…

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Children’s homes ‘cannot substantiate’ protection claims

January 6, 2017 1 comment

family law

Children’s homes who say they make active efforts to protect residents from child sexual exploitation may not be able to substantiate such claims according to the Department for Education (DfE). In a new report, researchers from the DfE interviewed staff from ten such homes. Four were reviewed in depth. Interviewees said children at risk were…

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Children’s homes face funding crisis

December 15, 2016 0 comments

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Children’s homes are struggling as councils cut costs and reduce funding, a survey has concluded. The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA)  conducted a biannual survey of its members across England and Wales. Close to a third said their financial reserves had dropped as local authorities were less willing to fund placements. As a result many…

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Child detention questioned by charity

September 6, 2016 0 comments

children in care

A legal charity has applied for a judicial review into decisions that led to the detention of a 15 year-old boy. The “vulnerable” youngster was held in custody for two nights by the Police after he failed to pay fines. Officers attended the children’s home where he lived after receiving reports that he was acting…

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