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The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has been commissioned by Welsh Government to undertake a large scale evaluation of outcomes for looked after children including: A comparison of intended and actual placement outcomes for all children who came into care over a one year period A…
Two shops in Cardiff city centre are using breathalysers on customers who want to buy alcohol in a bid to clamp down on boozy anti-social behaviour. The Spar stores, in Queen Street and St Mary Street, are employing the devices as part of an effort to curb street drinkers and…
The birth family of Elsie Scully-Hicks have said she would "still be alive today" if she had not been removed from their care by social services. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison for murdering Elsie just two weeks…
A man who murdered his daughter two weeks after formally adopting her has been jailed for a minimum of 18 years. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, received a life sentence for violently shaking 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks (pictured) and striking her head at their home in Llandaff, Cardiff, in May 2016. He described…
Former Welsh government minister Carl Sargeant has died just days after being sacked from his role and suspended from the Labour Party over allegations about his personal conduct. A family statement said his relatives were "devastated beyond words" at the loss of "the glue that bound us together". Labour leader…
Adopting a child is a "stringent and rigorous" process - with Matthew and Craig Scully-Hicks undergoing months of training, assessment and meetings. Elsie was taken into care after her birth in November 2014, with the couple registering interest in becoming adopters days later. They were visited in January 2015 by…
A fitness instructor has been convicted of murdering his 18-month-old adopted daughter by violently shaking her and striking her head. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, inflicted a catalogue of injuries - including bruises, a broken leg and a fall down a full flight of stairs - on Elsie in the eight months…
A social worker has been suspended for one year after a fitness to practise hearing found his fitness to practise was impaired because of his repeated failings. The hearing heard that Michael Sira-Parfitt failed to complete a number of vital assessments, didn’t make essential referrals and failed to make regular…
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