Social workers at West Yorkshire council plan more strikes

August 17, 2017 0 comments

child protection

Social workers at a troubled council in West Yorkshire may begin a further series of strikes  next month reports suggest. Kirklees Metropolitan Borough Council is currently rated ‘inadequate’ by Ofsted – but social workers claim staffing shortages and heavy workloads lie behind many of the problems. Following months of unrest, 240 members of trade union…

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Surveillance admissible evidence in care case

July 22, 2017 6 comments

fostering and adoption

Evidence that may have been obtained illegally is eligible for inclusion in a care application, a Judge has ruled. His Honour Judge Moradifar had been asked to consider a former couple whose children had been made the subject of care proceedings. Social workers believed the couple were still in a relationship despite their claims to…

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Care proceedings abandoned due to parents’ progress

July 20, 2017 3 comments

family life

A local authority has abandoned plans to take a child into care after his parents made “significant changes to their lives”. At a family court hearing in Leeds, Her Honour Judge Lynch heard that the council no longer recommended a care order for the five month-old baby boy. Instead they believed supervision by social workers…

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Council praised for speedy improvements

July 12, 2017 0 comments

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West Berkshire Council in Newbury has been praised by Ofsted after achieving a ‘good’ rating just two years on from an ‘inadequate’ one. Back in 2015 the Council’s children’s services department received  a thumbs down from Ofsted over concerns that it was placing children at risk due to lengthy delays and a high staff turnover….

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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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Reading Council ‘not improving quickly enough’

July 3, 2017 1 comment

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The Children’s Services Department of Reading Council has not improved adequately since failing an inspection last year Ofsted has declared. In August 2016 inspectors gave the Berkshire authority an ‘inadequate’ rating, saying they too frequently left vulnerable children in situations of “unknown and acute risk”. Ofsted remained concerned after a follow up visit to the…

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Best practice in international social work

June 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

Best practice in social work for international cases will be highlighted in forthcoming research. The charity Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB) works with families involved in disputes involving more than one country. A newly launched project will focus on the most effective ways for social workers to respond  to the challenges posed by such…

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Social worker struck off ‘after lying to colleagues’

June 6, 2017 3 comments

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‏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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Child abuse guidance is ‘too long’

May 4, 2017 2 comments

family law

Government guidelines on dealing with child abuse and neglect are too long and unlikely to be effective, senior social workers have claimed. The draft guidelines were produced by the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (Nice), a independent advisory body within the Department of Health, following a project launched in 2014. Both the Department…

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