Vulnerable woman lay dead in Surrey flat for more than three years – The Guardian

‘A severely mentally ill woman whose dead body lay in her home unnoticed for more than three years was effectively “abandoned and left to die” by NHS and social services who missed repeated chances to save her, her family has alleged.’

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The Guardian, 26th January 2023

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Paedophile given custody of girl he then abused and got pregnant – BBC News

‘A young girl who became pregnant after abuse by a convicted paedophile had been placed in his care despite authorities knowing his past, a report has revealed.’

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BBC News, 26th January 2023

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New Judgment: McCue (as guardian for Andrew McCue)(AP) v Glasgow City Council (Scotland) [2023] UKSC 1 – UKSC Blog

Posted January 12th, 2023 in community care, disabled persons, news, Scotland, social services, Supreme Court by sally

‘This appeal is concerned with the provision of community care services to disabled persons pursuant to the Social Work (Scotland) Act 1968 (the “1968 Act”) and the charges made for such provision.’

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UKSC Blog, 11th January 2023

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Logan Mwangi – the Child Practice Review and the family courts – Transparency Project

‘This blog post will not go into detail about the distressing history of five year old Logan Mwangi, with which we are all too familiar through media coverage of the trial of the three people who were responsible for his death. An impression had been given at that time that possibly Logan had been let down by the family courts. It is now possible to learn a little about the court involvement – or lack of involvement.’

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Transparency Project, 27th November 2022

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Safeguarding children with disabilities in residential settings – Family Law

‘A national review into safeguarding children with disabilities and complex health needs has revealed serious failures at residential special schools registered as children’s homes.’

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family Law, 25th November 2022

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Logan Mwangi: Murder prompts information sharing review – BBC News

‘The murder of a five-year-old boy has prompted a review into how the NHS, social services, police and schools share information. It was one of the recommendations of the report into Logan Mwangi’s death which ministers said will be adopted.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2022

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Logan Mwangi murder: Report into Sarn river death due – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2022 in child cruelty, children, doctors, families, murder, news, social services by sally

‘The involvement of professionals in the life of a five-year-old who was murdered by his family and dumped in a river will be put under the spotlight.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2022

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Payout for sex abuse survivor who says Ellesmere College failed her – BBC News

‘A sex abuse survivor has been paid a substantial sum after claiming school staff failed to protect her when she was raped by her mother’s partner.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2022

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Research briefing: Health and Social Care Levy (Repeal) Bill 2022-23 – House of Commons Library

Posted October 7th, 2022 in bills, budgets, health, national insurance, news, parliament, social services by tracey

‘The Health and Social Care Levy (Repeal) Bill 2022-23 [Bill 155 of 2022-23] was introduced on 22 September 2022.’

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House of Commons Library , 6th October 2022

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Council where Logan Mwangi was murdered ‘worryingly dependent’ on agency care – The Guardian

‘A local authority involved in the care of Logan Mwangi, the five-year-old boy murdered by his mother, her partner and his stepson, spent more than £1m on agency social workers in the year the child was killed, it has emerged.’

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The Guardian, 5th October 2022

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West Sussex social care failings contributed to teen’s death – BBC News

Posted September 29th, 2022 in inquests, mental health, news, social services, suicide, young persons by sally

‘A teenage boy died following a catalogue of failings by social services, an inquest has heard.’

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BBC News, 28th September 2022

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Coercive control: The women killed by abusive partners – BBC News

‘A new study, seen exclusively by BBC News, reveals the extent of coercive and controlling behaviour in cases where victims are killed by their current or ex-partners. Experts say organisations, including the police, NHS and social services, need to better understand the problem and intervene in abusive relationships earlier.’

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BBC News, 27th September 2022

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Child protection agencies failed son of drug addict, review finds – The Guardian

‘A severely asthmatic seven-year-old boy who died “gasping for air” alone at night was failed by child protection agencies who “could and should have done better”, a serious case review has found.’

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The Guardian, 1st September 2022

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High Court judge issues ruling on fairness of age assessment procedure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 5th, 2022 in asylum, children, immigration, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘The High Court has found against the London Borough of Brent in a case concerning the age of an asylum seeker even though Mr Justice Swift said the council’s conduct was “not an error of the most serious nature”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2022

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Key information about adopting mother not shared before baby’s murder, report finds – The Guardian

‘Information about drinking, debts and mental health that could have prevented a baby boy being placed with an adopting mother who went on to murder him was not shared between agencies, an investigation has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2022

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Sheffield City Council repeatedly let down vulnerable woman – ombudsman – BBC News

‘A vulnerable young woman was told by a council investigation she could have stopped the abuse she experienced if she had spoken up sooner.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2022

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Councils pledge not to ignore families’ warnings about vulnerable children – The Guardian

‘Council officials have pledged to give more weight to warnings from wider family members about vulnerable children after the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson, after alarms raised by relatives were disregarded before their deaths.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2022

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Review calls for child protection overhaul in England after two deaths – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2022 in child abuse, children, homicide, news, police, reports, social services by sally

‘Child protection services in England face a shake-up after an independent review of safeguarding failures that led to the killings of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and the toddler Star Hobson.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2022

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Independent Review of Children’s Social Care urges shift from crisis intervention, calls for ‘expert child protection practitioner’ role, regional care cooperatives and increased support for kinship carers – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 25th, 2022 in children, families, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The current system of children’s social care is increasingly skewed to crisis intervention and a radical reset is now “unavoidable”, the final report of the Independent Review of Children’s Social Care has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd May 2022

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Overhaul of children’s social care in England urgent and unavoidable, review finds – The Guardianship

‘An urgent multibillion-pound overhaul of children’s social care in England is needed to transform the life chances of thousands of vulnerable young people and reform a system that is spiralling out of control, a government-commissioned review has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2022

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