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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…
Council social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge who questioned whether guidelines were followed in a case involving a mother of three who has learning disabilities.Judge Thomas Greensmith has suggested that the lives of the woman's children would have been different if staff at Wirral Borough…
Council social services bosses have come under fire from a family court judge after a little boy was placed with foster carers when grandparents who might have offered a home were unaware of his existence.Judge Mary Lazarus has complained about a "wide-ranging composite set of failings" by staff at Kent…
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…
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