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Grandparents, not council bosses, should have responsibility for two boys who have been at the centre of Family Court litigation, appeal judges have ruled. A Family Court judge had decided that the boys, aged five and two, should be taken from the care of their mother and live with their…
Laura McHarrie, a social worker with Dumfries and Galloway Council, has won the Andrew Cornwell Memorial Award for the highest performing graduate in The Open University’s social work programme in Scotland. Laura (pictured, left) was presented with a certificate and book token at the Council Headquarters in Dumfries by Rosanna…
Nearly 200 children a day are being placed on plans to protect them from neglect and abuse, research has found. Children's services are being "pushed to the brink" by the demands of dealing with the equivalent of six classrooms' worth of pupils every day who are at risk of significant…
A suicide awareness drive is being launched in the Grenfell Tower neighbourhood amid mounting concern about the disaster's psychological fallout. Kensington and Chelsea Council is spearheading the Ok Not To Feel Ok campaign alongside health agencies and charities, in an effort to encourage people to speak about mental health. Figures…
A family court judge has criticised social services staff over their handing of a case involving an injured baby, but kept the name of the council they work for secret. Judge Thomas Greensmith said the way a social worker had gathered and recorded evidence had been "wholly inappropriate". He also…
Four out of five council workers have no confidence in the future of local services because of spending cuts, new research reveals. A study by Unison found that most local authority employees believe residents do not receive the help and support when they need it. A survey of 21,000 workers…
Adult social care spending is 9% lower than a decade ago, despite councils pumping extra cash into the system at the expense of other services, a new report has warned. Despite efforts to increase funding this attempt to prop up social care was unsustainable given the pressure on local authorities…
A social worker who said a woman was failing to meet her son's "emotional needs" because she had not taken him out for an ice cream and did not get his hair to be cut "in the way that he liked" has come under fire from a High Court judge.…
A rise in council applications to take children into care is making the workload of family courts "untenable", a senior judge said. Lord Justice McFarlane, a Court of Appeal judge based in London who specialises in family litigation, said there is a "crisis" that is not abating. He raised concern…
Adult social care is increasingly fragile and requires more short-term Government funding to tide it over until reform measures are introduced, a report warns. Despite a £2.3 billion boost this year the sector remains at risk from market failures, reduced investment in prevention and the continuing knock-on from the NHS…
Children are being pushed towards violent street gangs by a social care system that focuses money on a small number of the most serious cases, the Children's Commissioner for England has warned. A report commissioned by Anne Longfield found that £4.3 billion - around half of the children's services budget…
Grenfell Tower survivors were let down and their trauma worsened by the efforts of the local authority to rehouse them, a report claims. North Kensington Law Centre, which has provided legal advice to around 250 households from Grenfell Tower and the surrounding area, said the performance of the local council…
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