Care cases, an international divorce, and more

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November 17, 2017 0 comments

family law

A week in family law A local authority involved in a child guardianship case can be identified, a judge has ordered. In the case none of the parties involved were originally identified, but the child’s grandmother, in favour of whom Circuit Judge Stephen Wildblood QC had made a special guardianship order, wanted to make a…

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Government considers unaccompanied refugee children

November 7, 2017 1 comment

children in care

The government has announced a new strategy for dealing with unaccompanied refugee children. In a joint initiative by the Home Office and the Department for Education, specialist training will be made available for around 1,000 social workers and foster carers around the country, designed to help them deal with the challenges posed by often traumatised…

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Children’s services struggling due to funding shortage

November 1, 2017 2 comments

family law

Many local authorities do not have the resources to support children who need it, councillors have claimed. In a recently published survey from the National Children’s Bureau (NCB), more than a third – 35 per cent – of councillors responsible for children’s services said this was the case where they worked.  Thirty per cent also…

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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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Government finds £20 million for council cooperation on children’s services

October 14, 2017 1 comment

children in care

The government is to make up to £20 million available to encourage different children’s services departments to cooperate with each other. Children’s Minister Robert Goodwill made the announcement at a social work conference in Bournemouth this week. A resulting series of “regional improvement alliances” between neighbouring authorities will be focused on sharing best practice and…

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Northumberland County Council ‘failed’ vulnerable family

October 9, 2017 0 comments

family life

Northumberland County Council did not do enough to protect a vulnerable family from their own son, the Local Government Ombudsman has declared. The teenager had severe behavioural problems. On one occasion he put a knife to his mother’s throat. On another he threatened to stab his younger siblings. Eventually, the teen was forcibly removed from…

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Judge asks: why wasn’t court money spent on therapy?

September 19, 2017 2 comments

family law

A family court judge has questioned a local authority’s decision to spend money on care proceedings for the second child born to a vulnerable mother rather than offer her therapy. The case concerned a five month-old baby girl who had been placed with a foster family under a temporary care order. The same family had…

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