‘Find another way’ DoE tells failing council

September 22, 2017 0 comments

children in care

Worcestershire County Council has been told to find a fresh approach to child protection services by the Department for Education. The County Council received a bottom-of-the-class “inadequate” rating following an inspection by Ofsted in January. There were “widespread and serious” failings in the council’s approach to child protection the inspectorate insisted. Overall control of the…

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Council acted ‘unlawfully’ in adoption case

May 12, 2017 1 comment

family law

Essex County Council acted “unlawfully” by placing a child with adoptive parents despite her biological mother’s objections. Mr Justice Charles came to this conclusion during a judicial review published this week. He declared that the local authority had “deliberately for welfare reasons sought to prevent” the woman applying to challenge a placement order made by…

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Teen ‘removed without notice’

March 13, 2017 0 comments

family life

Essex County Council failed to follow proper procedure when it removed a vulnerable teenage girl from her aunt and uncle’s home without notice, the Local Government Ombudsman has declared. The girl had been living with her relatives since she was very young and also regularly visited her grandparents.  She had learning difficulties as a result…

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Council stripped of power over woman’s affairs

May 8, 2015 0 comments

family law

The Court of Protection has ruled that Essex County Council should no longer be in charge of a 52 year-old woman’s property and affairs. In Re HS, the woman at the centre of the case suffered from the incurable degenerative illness Huntington’s disease. She had initially appointed her former partner to manage her affairs despite…

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Adopters awarded £14,000 in care battle

February 26, 2015 0 comments

fostering and adoption

The adoptive parents of a five year-old boy have been awarded £14,000 in legal costs following a year-long battle with their local council. In NP and SP v Essex County Council, the boy had been placed with the couple back in August 2011, when he was just 22 months old. Shortly after the placement he…

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Judge branded care proceedings “procedurally unfair”

December 19, 2013 3 comments

fostering and adoption

A couple excluded from care proceedings for the two year old granddaughter were granted permission to appeal in a sternly worded county court judgement. When the couple, who live in Essex, learned that their daughter’s daughter, now two, had been taken into care, they applied for ‘special guardianship’, a type of fostering in which a…

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