Children in foster care deserve better say MPs

December 29, 2017 2 comments

children in care

The government should conduct a thorough review of the overstretched care system, the Commons Education Committee has claimed. In a new report, the MPs also call for children in foster placements to be given more information on their placement and for greater efforts to be made to keep siblings who have been taken into care…

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Tower Hamlets dismisses Muslim foster care concerns

November 3, 2017 0 comments

family law

The London Borough of Tower Hamlets has dismissed media concerns over their decision to place a child in the care of a Muslim foster family. The case made national headlines earlier this year with some newspapers alleging that the family only spoke Arabic and that the child, a white Christian girl, had had her crucifix…

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Muslim father cannot discuss Islam with children

October 30, 2017 1 comment

family law

A devout Muslim father has been told he cannot discuss Islam with his three children in a ‘pressurising’ way. The children are currently being cared for by a Christian foster family. They were taken into care following the loss of their mother, who died as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. The biological parents…

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Foster carers struggle on poverty wages

October 25, 2017 10 comments

fostering and adoption

The majority of foster carers earn less than the national living wage, a charity has reported. The Fostering Network polled a representative sample of 1,937 foster carers. No less than 82 per cent of these earned fees from their local authority or pagency for their services but, in 88 per cent of those cases the…

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‘Recruit more foster carers’ government told

October 23, 2017 4 comments

family life

The government should launch a national recruitment campaign for foster carers, the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has claimed. Speaking to the parliamentary Education Select Committee, ADCS president Alison Michalska said the number of new foster carers recruited was nowhere near enough to replace those leave. She urged the government to take action…

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Council ‘vicariously guilty’ for abuse

October 20, 2017 1 comment

family life

Nottinghamshire County Council is vicariously liable for the abuse inflicted by foster carers the Supreme Court has ruled. In Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council, a now adult woman had been taken into care in the mid-1980s. The Council placed her with two foster families, referred to in legal documents as ‘Mr and Mrs A’ and ‘Mr…

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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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Mother’s appeal to keep children rejected

October 3, 2017 2 comments

family law

The Court of Appeal has rejected a woman’s bid to keep her two children. The woman lived with her children at her mother’s house. The father of the seven year-old girl and 11 year-old boy did not live with them but did have regular contact. Both parents reportedly had “a very significant learning disability”, although…

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