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Social workers moved a vulnerable Essex teenager from her aunt and uncle’s care without any warning, the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) has said. The teenager had been living with her relatives since she was a child, spending time with her grandparents at weekends. Following some disagreements with her relatives, the…
A woman says she has been waiting six months for a copy of a ruling after a family court judge decided her daughter should be taken from her care. The woman, who comes from Poland, said a judge had ruled her daughter should go into foster care in August following…
The jury has been sent out to consider its verdicts in the trial of a small-time cocaine dealer accused of murdering a widow who had fostered more than 50 children. Father-of-four Gareth Dack, 33, denies strangling 79-year-old Norma Bell, whose body was found in her burning home in Hartlepool in…
The UK’s fostering system is under ‘unsustainable strain’ and is being held together by the goodwill and commitment of thousands of dedicated foster carers, The Fostering Network is warning today. This risks undoing the hard-won improvements in raising the aspirations and achievements of fostered children, undermining the terms, conditions and…
A local authority has won its appeal against a decision to award £20,000 damages to a couple whose eight children were wrongly kept in foster care. The proceedings were sparked by the 2007 arrest on suspicion of shoplifting of one of the children - none of whom can be identified.…
Northern Ireland Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill, has launched a 12 week public consultation on a draft Adoption and Children Bill. The Bill will modernise the legal framework for adoption in the north of Ireland and place children’s welfare at the centre of the adoption decision-making process. Health Minister, Michelle O’Neill…
The Department of Health published a statistical bulletin summarising information on care leavers in the north of Ireland who left care during the year ending 31 March 2016. Care Leavers Aged 16–18 some two thirds (67%) of care leavers aged 16-18 had GCSEs or other qualifications. The proportion of care…
A family and friends foster carer who took on three vulnerable children after their mother was unable to care for them, failed to get council support for the arrangement for six years. Now, following an investigation by the Local Government Ombudsman (LGO), LB Tower Hamlets has been asked to provide…
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