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The number of children looked after by local authorities has increased for the 10th year in a row.According to statistics released by the Department for Education (DfE), at the end of March this year there were 75,420 looked after children in England, up 4% on the previous year (72,590).This represents…
A campaigner has told MSPs he feels a special moment has been “stolen” from him because he cannot ask his stepfather to adopt him now he is over 18. Nathan Sparling, 28, wants to change the law in Scotland which currently limits adoption to people aged under 18. Speaking at…
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.…
Prue Leith has shared a family photograph of herself and her adopted daughter as part of a campaign to encourage others to consider adoption. The Great British Bake Off judge is one of a number of celebrities sharing family snaps to back the Barnardo's campaign, including former X Factor star…
A man with a history of abusing and stalking women should not be told that his baby son has been placed for adoption, a High Court judge has decided. Mr Justice Cobb heard the man had multiple convictions for assaulting and harassing former partners, and the baby's mother feared that…
The Cardiff and The Vale Regional Safeguarding Board (CVRSCB) has published an extended Child Practice review into the circumstances around the tragic death of Elsie Scully-Hicks. The Review was commissioned by CVRSCB on the recommendation of the Child and Adult Practice Review Subgroup in accordance with the Social Services and…
There were missed opportunities to protect a baby girl who was murdered by her father two weeks after he formally adopted her, a review has found. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 32, passed the rigorous adoption process with flying colours and professionals viewed his care of 18-month-old Elsie Scully-Hicks through a "positive lens".…
A father and his three-year-old daughter who were separated for months while he was detained under immigration powers are to receive £50,000 damages from the Home Office. Approving the settlement of the judicial review claim at London's High Court on Wednesday, Judge Blair said that the eventual reunion of the…
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…
A social worker has told a family court judge of the difficulties she faces trying to find adopters who meet the cultural and language needs of two boys taken from the care of their Polish mother. She told Judge Sarah Lynch there are three Polish speaking families in Britain who…
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