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Following a fortnight long controversial storyline on BBC's Eastenders involving a social worker issuing child protection measures that sparked outcry from some quarters of the social care community, The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) has written an open letter to the producers of the show calling for “more accurate,…
The founder of the now-defunct Kids Company clashed with BBC presenter Victoria Derbyshire as she insisted she was not to blame for the charity's demise. In a heated exchange, the presenter repeatedly asked Camila Batmanghelidjh if she would like to apologise to the children let down by the charity's abrupt…
The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has called for urgent improvement after inspectors found a number of serious concerns following an inspection of Powys County Council children’s services in July 2017. The inspection report, published this week, found that children and young people were not well-served by the…
The smacking of children will be banned in Scotland, the Scottish Government has confirmed. Ministers have said they will ensure that a Bill brought forward by Green MSP John Finnie would become law. The legislation will remove the defence of ''justifiable assault'' in Scots law, which allows parents to use…
Increasing numbers of gay men and lesbians in Britain are adopting children or becoming foster carers. Latest figures show that there are now more than 20,000 children living in same-sex couple families. Enabled by legislation passed in 2002, this trend is contributing to the emergence of new conceptions of family…
A group that aims to improve children's experiences of the family court system has produced a child's guide to legal language. The Family Justice Young People's Board says children embroiled in family court disputes can have difficulty understanding some words and phrases. Members have created a glossary of terms to…
Scores of Vietnamese children rescued from traffickers and put into council care have vanished and are feared to have fallen back into the hands of slave gangs, it is reported. According to figures obtained by The Times, 152 Vietnamese youngsters have gone missing from their care and foster homes since…
Children's services are at a "tipping point", with record numbers of youngsters now in care, town hall bosses have warned. The equivalent of 90 youngsters a day are entering the care system, according to the Local Government Association, which urged government to plug a funding gap to help councils support…
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