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Cardiff University has been chosen as the research partner in a £4.85m initiative to help improve the lives of children who are at risk of abuse or neglect. The Department for Education has named the University’s Children’s Social Care Research Development Centre (CASCADE) - based in the School of Social…
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…
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…
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 toddler allegedly murdered by her adoptive father suffered injuries which were "very typical" of babies and children who have been shaken, a court has heard. Elsie Scully-Hicks, who was aged 18 months when she died, was found to have suffered three separate areas of subdural bleeding when she was…
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…
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