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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Children’s Commissioner worries about ‘pinball’ kids

April 20, 2017 2 comments

family life

Some children in the care system experience repeated upheavals, a new report claims. The latest Stability Index from the Office of the Children’s Commissioner analysed care system data for the 12 months to March last year. More than 7,000 ‘looked after’ children, or one in ten, were moved to new placements with foster families or…

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Council must investigate overeager social worker

April 6, 2017 2 comments

family law

Kent County Council must conduct an enquriy into the role played by a social worker who had seemed too keen to promote the adoption of a child in a recent case. Sitting at Medway Family Court, His Honour Judge Scarratt considered the case of a one year-old boy who had been made the subject of…

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Care hearing abandoned following “inadequate” reports

March 14, 2017 1 comment

child protection

A Family Court Judge has abandoned a care hearing, denouncing “wholly inadequate” assessments by social workers. Sitting at the Liverpool Family Court, Mr Justice MacDonald demanded that new assessments be conducted of potential carers for a baby girl. The council would have to explain its earlier failures in the case, the Judge insisted. The case…

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Poor children ‘ten times more likely to be taken into care’

February 28, 2017 1 comment

family life

Children who live in poor areas are a startling ten times more likely to be taken into care, according to new research. Working with social research organisation the Nuffield Foundation, academics from English, Scottish and Welsh universities examined the life histories of more than 35,000 children who were either in the care system or who…

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Fewer care orders made under 26 week timetable

February 20, 2017 11 comments

fostering and adoption

The 26 week timetable for care proceedings introduced in 2014 has halved their average length, new research reveals. The target timescale was included in the Children and Families Act in order to discourage excessive delay and uncertainty for children who have been take into the care system following neglect or abuse. Previously care proceedings typically…

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Social workers are ‘marginalised’ in court

February 16, 2017 1 comment

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Work conducted by social workers before cases reach court is frequently ignored, a council has claimed. In a new report, Barking and Dagenham Council in East London claims reluctance to accept such work caused delays in care proceedings, blaming these for its failure to meet government-prescribed timetables. The report declares: “Work undertaken prior to a…

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