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A couple agreed to move out of their home so a grandparent could move in and care for their four children after social workers raised concerns. They agreed to visit the youngsters, aged between 11 and two, only during the daytime when the grandparent was there. Detail of the move…
A family court judge has refused to approve social workers' plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them. Judge Clifford Bellamy said he wanted a child psychologist to assess the effect of separation on the children. He said…
Police investigating a series of care home thefts have released images of a suspect wearing a disguise whom they want to trace. Staffordshire Police issued the CCTV stills of a woman they want to speak to, showing her what is believed to be a black wig and dark-rimmed glasses. Officers…
The University of Derby has launched a new course aimed at supporting health and social care workers into higher education while they continue to work and earn. The Diploma of Higher Education in Health and Social Care has been developed by academics at University of Derby Online Learning (UDOL) to…
Council social workers may not be able to find carers who are an "ethnic match" for five children taken from home in the wake of concern about their parents' drug abuse, a family court judge has said. But social services bosses at Derbyshire County Council have told Judge Clifford Bellamy…
This overview report summarises the findings of an independently led Serious Case Review (SCR) commissioned by the Chair of Derbyshire Safeguarding Children Board (DSCB). It concerns Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith, described by her family as a beautiful girl with an infectious smile, twinkling eyes and a bubbly personality, a gentle and loving…
A toddler was stamped to death by her mother after care professionals allowed concern for the killer to "overshadow" the child's needs, a serious case review has found. The report by Derbyshire's Safeguarding Children Board revealed that 21-month-old Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith was killed a day after a multi-agency risk assessment meeting…
The Initial Teacher Education (ITE) team at the University of Derby has donated £1,500 to Plus One, a joint initiative between Derby Theatre and other major arts organisations in the city, which provides young people in care, care leavers and their families with the opportunity to experience free arts experiences…
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