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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…
A 17-year-old Slovakian travelled to England when near the end of her pregnancy then left her son in the care of nurses three days after giving birth, a family court judge has been told. The teenager told social workers in Derby that she had become pregnant after being raped in…
The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae proposes a new formula to be used with the Local Government Finance Settlement. The Review of Adult Social Care Relative Needs Formulae was commissioned and funded by the Department of Health and Social Care in 2012. It was produced by the…
A woman should not be told that her estranged teenage child has cancer, a High Court judge has decided. Mr Justice Hayden has imposed an information ban after the youngster, who has been diagnosed with a rare form of cancer and is undergoing hospital treatment, urged doctors and social workers…
Campaigners are due to begin a High Court challenge against a council's ban on demonstrations outside an abortion clinic. Ealing Council was the first in the country to create a 100-metre protest-free "buffer zone" outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough. Alina Dulgheriu, a representative for campaign…
The British Association of Social Workers (BASW) Northern Ireland has published deeply concerning research findings detailing social workers’ experiences of being subjected to intimidation, threats and violence. Their report, Insult and Injury, presents the results of a survey open to all social workers in Northern Ireland. Eighty-six per cent of…
Cases of syphilis in England are at their highest level for nearly 70 years, new figures show. A total of 7,137 new diagnoses of syphilis were made in 2017, a jump of 20% on the previous year, and more than double the number recorded in 2012. It is the largest…
A qualified nurse has had a one-year-old boy taken from her care after a social worker raised concern about the way she let him sit in a Bob The Builder toy car, which was "inappropriate" for his age. The social worker told a family court judge how she had concerns…
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