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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…
Restrictions on benefit payments to families with more than two children have been relaxed, with a new exemption covering all of those who are adopted or taken in by relatives other than their parents. The move follows a High Court ruling that it was "unlawful" for the exemption to be…
A woman who failed a hair-strand drug test fears that she will soon have to say goodbye to her three-year-old son after losing a roller-coaster battle over his care. The woman, who comes from Winchester, Hampshire - but lives in London, became embroiled in family court litigation more than three…
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…
A psychologist asked to provide an expert assessment of the father of a toddler at the centre of family court litigation wrote to a judge to apologise for giving "very poor quality" evidence. She told Judge Richard Howell that she had been ill on the day she appeared in court.…
A married couple who have a platonic relationship and live in different homes have been made the legal parents of a child born following a foreign surrogacy arrangement. The most senior family court judge in England and Wales says the fact that the couple's relationship is not romantic is no…
There is a real need for more LGBT people to adopt or foster children in Wales, Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies said today. To mark LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (5th-11th March), the Minister said Wales needs more prospective adoptive families to care for the 140 children…
On World Social Work Day 2018, what better way for West Sussex County Council to celebrate our work than to invite you to participate in our inaugural conference and explore the theme of direct work with children? The Munro Review highlighted that the only way to create a “child-centred” system…
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…
The adoptive mother of a baby who fought for justice after he was so violently assaulted he lost both his legs has told how "horrified" she was to learn his parents could escape prosecution. The woman said she could not "sit back and do nothing" when legally adopting Tony Smith…
A woman who wanted a new partner to adopt her 11-year-old son and dishonestly told a social worker that she did not know who the boy's father was has been given a warning by a judge. Magistrates in Grimsby (pictured), Lincolnshire, approved the adoption as a result of the woman's…
The Institute of Public Care (IPC), Oxford Brookes University, has been appointed to conduct a review of the arrangements for commissioning fostering and residential care placements in London. The request has been made by Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS) through London Councils. The aim is to explore…
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