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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…
An academic at the University of Chester is working with a new national charity to improve the lives of looked after children. Insights from evaluative research led by Professor Elizabeth Harlow from the Department of Social Work and Interprofessional Education, were harnessed by the University’s honorary graduate Sir John Timpson…
Adoption has been a particularly politicised and contentious area of public policy in recent years in the UK, perhaps most particularly in England. Political and ideological perspectives on adoption drive legal frameworks, policy, the culture of practice and the use of resources. It was against this backdrop that BASW commissioned…
A woman who suffered the "unimaginable trauma" of seeing two children die when they were babies must have an 18-month-old daughter taken from her care and placed for adoption even though she has caused the youngster no harm, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Alan Booth said the toddler's…
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…
A fundraising appeal has been launched to help pay for the legal costs of a part-time fitness instructor who claims he was wrongly convicted of murdering his adopted baby daughter. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, was sentenced to life in prison with a minimum term of 18 years after being found guilty…
An adoption agency's advertising claim that it used only "experienced competent assessors" has been banned following a complaint that it received an overall "inadequate" ranking from Ofsted. The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) found that the New Leaf Adoption agency's website claim, seen in March, was misleading in light of an…
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