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

fostering and adoption

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

child protection

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

fostering and adoption

‏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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Bradford praised for domestic violence efforts

April 24, 2017 3 comments

children in care

Authorities in the West Yorkshire city of Bradford have been praised for their efforts to tackle domestic violence. Inspectorate Ofsted worked with the Care Quality Commission, Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of (HMI) Constabulary and HMI Probation. They conducted a joint inspection of ‘multi-agency responses’ to domestic violence and abuse, amongst the Police, social workers and doctors…

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Social worker ‘exaggerated’ threats from father

April 20, 2017 5 comments

children in care

A “complacent” county council’s failure to support a newly qualified social worker contributed to his invention of threats by a parent, a family court judge has concluded. The inexperienced social worker, ‘LM’, had been involved in the preparation of paperwork relating to the children of a man called ‘CW’, who have since been taken into…

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