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Most children and young people in care in Wales are doing well, with over three quarters experiencing a high level of placement stability, new research published today shows. The Welsh Government commissioned the Institute of Public Care (IPC) to carry out an analysis of outcomes for children and young people…
The Department of Health [DoH] and Department of Education [DE] have launched a public consultation on the draft Strategy for Looked After Children: Improving Children’s Lives. Both departments have pledged to support children and young people in care; those on the edge of care and also those young people who…
A "disturbed" teenager who has been at the centre of an accommodation controversy is making "phenomenal" progress after being found a place at an appropriate secure unit, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has been told. Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of…
A leading judge has raised concern about the way "vulnerable and disturbed" children are being cared for. Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division of the High Court and the most senior family court judge in England and Wales, says provision is inadequate. He has aired his thoughts…
Children and young people in the care system can spend many hours with an escort service, being taken to school, healthcare appointments, contact sessions with family members or being relocated to a new area. That experience can have a huge impact on their sense of self-worth and wellbeing, and being…
A scheme which helps provide practical and emotional support for young people leaving care only has enough funding for one in five, councils have warned. The Local Government Association (LGA) fears the estimated £12 million set aside to help councils cover the demand of providing personal advisers for 21 to…
New guidance to dispel myths around fostering and adopting has been launched in a bid to boost the number of Muslims helping children in care. The first Islamic Guidance Document on Adoption and Fostering in the UK aims to address a shortfall and counteract a belief held by some within…
Bosses at a council condemned by a High Court judge over the handing of children in care say they deeply regret "past failings". Herefordshire Council says it has "changed its practice". Mr Justice Keehan had complained of "egregious abuse" of legislation designed to provide accommodation to children who did not…
A High Court judge has condemned a council as a result of "dreadful failures" in the handling of children in its care. Mr Justice Keehan said he had decided to publicly identify Herefordshire Council because people have a "legitimate interest" in knowing what public bodies do and do not do.…
A "troubled" 16-year-old girl will have to wait more than a month before she can be admitted into a secure accommodation unit because of the lack of placements available, a court has heard. The teenager, who cannot be identified for legal reasons, is currently being housed in an unsuitable residential…
Research headed by a University of Huddersfield professor has caused an influential social work organisation to call for a major review of UK adoption law, so that children who have been adopted could retain much closer contact with their birth families. In England, Scotland and Wales, direct contact – more…
A High Court judge has asked Education Secretary Damian Hinds to explain why a troubled 16-year-old girl has not been found a place in a secure accommodation unit. Mr Justice Francis says Mr Hinds (pictured), or a representative, might have to appear at a family court hearing in Cardiff next…
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