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Adopting a child in Scotland takes approximately two to three years, despite the Scottish Government having made an “explicit commitment” to making permanent arrangements for such children as early as possible, an academic has said. Helen Whincup (pictured) from the the University of Stirling said there was no evidence decisions…
Ministers should consider introducing a national recommended allowance for kinship and foster carers, a review has found. The recommendation is one of 12 made in a report by the National Care Allowances Review Group. The Scottish Government set up the group to carry out of a review of allowances paid.…
A 14-year-old boy at the centre of family court litigation has persuaded a judge to let him choose his own solicitor. Council social workers say the boy should not be cared for by his parents, but he disagrees and says he does not want to live with foster carers. He…
Cambian shares surged 33% after the social care services firm confirmed it had received a potential takeover offer worth £405 million. The two firms are now "in discussions" after CareTech made a preliminary offer comprised of 77p per share in cash and an exchange of 0.348 of a new CareTech…
A woman who left Wales and travelled to the Republic of Ireland when pregnant after her first son was taken into council care is facing fresh family court litigation in Britain. Social services staff in the Republic of Ireland say decisions about the future of the woman's second son, who…
A Caribbean journalist granted asylum in Britain after saying he was at risk as a result of exposing human rights abuses by police has become embroiled in family court litigation and had a baby taken from his care. Social workers raised concern after the man's son suffered a head injury.…
A High Court judge has praised on a couple in Wales who have fostered an "enormous" number of children. Mr Justice Francis, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, says he cannot imagine how social workers would cope if it were not for people…
Tens of thousands of vulnerable children at risk of abuse and neglect may not be getting the help they need, a charity has warned. A report by Action for Children raises concerns that high numbers are being repeatedly referred to social services before any action is taken. It said it…
Action for Children are concerned that opportunities to intervene early are being missed. Some children are stuck in a revolving door into social care, in a cycle of referral and assessment, but only receiving help at crisis point. Vital family support services for problems like domestic abuse provide help that…
Council bosses are to pay for a Polish boy living with foster carers in Wales to have Polish lessons, a family court judge has said. Mr Justice Francis said the boy was now aged around nine and had spent the first six years of his life in Poland before being…
Foster carers in Scotland are being asked to take part in a new study which aims to explore the unique circumstances and challenges that come with caring for children and young people at a time when they may be vulnerable. Researchers from the Centre for Excellence for Looked After Children…
Children of armed forces servicemen and women are sometimes being put into foster care when overseas deployments leave them without any suitable family to care for them, a report has found. The Children's Commissioner for England's report into life for the sons and daughters of serving soldiers identifies that while…
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