Woman convicted of murdering baby she wanted to adopt – The Guardian

‘A former care worker who used physical force and lost her temper with a baby boy she was in the process of adopting has been found guilty of murder.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2022

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Herefordshire Council social services separated twins despite expert warnings – BBC News

‘Twins were wrongly split up for adoption after social workers altered an expert report warning of the harm of separation.’

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BBC News, 16th May 2022

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Ombudsmen release joint guidance to tackle common mistakes in aftercare of mental health in-patients – Family Law

‘The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) have released new guidance to tackle common and repeated mistakes seen in the aftercare of patients receiving support under the Mental Health Act.’

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Family Law, 5th May 2022

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Re H [2022]EWFC 10: Guidance in Learning Disability Cases – Transparency Project

‘The Good Practice Guidance for working with parents with a learning disability was first published in 2007 by the Department of Health / Department for Education and Skills. Fifteen years and two revisions later, awareness of it remains patchy. In Re H [2022] EWFC 10 (19 January 2022), where the mother’s learning disability was a central feature of the case, the children’s social worker admitted that she was unfamiliar with the Guidance.’

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Transparency Project, 26th April 2022

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Social workers failed to act quickly to protect neglected toddler, inquiry says – The Guardian

‘Social workers failed to act to protect a vulnerable toddler less than three weeks before she was hospitalised with a broken arm, despite warnings that she was neglected and at risk of harm, an inquiry report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 2022

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The Observer view on failures of the child protection system – The Guardian

‘Two decades after the Victoria Climbié case led to an inquiry, recent deaths show we have learned little from such tragedies.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2022

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Logan Mwangi: mother, stepfather and unnamed teen found guilty of murder – The Guardian

‘A five-year-old boy was murdered by his mother, stepfather and a 14-year-old youth after months of abuse and imprisonment in the “dungeon” of his small, dark bedroom, a jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2022

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Ombudsmen release joint guidance to tackle common mistakes in aftercare of mental health in-patients – Family Law

‘The Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman (PHSO) and the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) have released new guidance to tackle common and repeated mistakes seen in the aftercare of patients receiving support under the Mental Health Act.’

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Family Law, 11th April 2022

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Ombudsman raps council for using incorrect information to place child on protection plan – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 11th, 2022 in children, complaints, families, local government, news, ombudsmen, social services by tracey

‘Buckinghamshire Council caused significant distress after it shared incorrect information and failed to suitably include a mother in its process when deciding to place her child on a child protection plan, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th April 2022

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Government announces grants and consultations to help domestic abuse victims – The Independent

Posted February 15th, 2022 in consultations, domestic violence, news, social services, victims by tracey

‘The Government has announced a £125 million package for councils and two housing consultations to support victims of domestic abuse.’

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The Independent, 15th February 2022

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Domestic abuse: average of 669 child protection referrals a day last year – The Guardian

Posted February 1st, 2022 in child abuse, domestic violence, news, police, social services by sally

‘Police made an average of 669 child protection referrals to social services every day last year because of incidents of domestic abuse across England and Wales, a new analysis has disclosed.’

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The Guardian, 1st February 2022

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Dylan Scanlon: Death of Oldham boy, 5, is focus of review – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2022 in child abuse, child neglect, news, police, social services, standards by sally

‘The death of a five-year-old boy in Oldham at the end of last year is being reviewed, a council has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2022

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Children’s social services in Bradford to be handed to independent trust – The Guardian

‘Bradford council has been stripped of control of its children’s social care after an investigation following the murder of 16-month-old Star Hobson found serious shortcomings in the management of the service.’

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The Guardian, 25th January 2022

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Louise Smith death: Covid-19 restrictions ‘could have prevented appropriate support’ – BBC News

‘A teenager killed in a “sexually-motivated” murder did not receive appropriate support after reporting being raped, a review has found.’

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BBC News, 25th January 2022

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Katy Sprague not warned of threat to kill hours before her murder – BBC News

‘A woman was not told her neighbour had threatened to kill her just hours before he murdered her, a review has found.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2022

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Missed opportunities to prosecute double murderer, report finds – BBC News

Posted January 19th, 2022 in children, domestic violence, families, local government, murder, news, police, social services by michael

‘Opportunities were missed to prosecute a domestic abuser before he murdered his partner and her daughter, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2022

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Review of mother and daughter’s murders could save lives, family hopes – The Guardian

‘Relatives want an official review of the killing of Laura Mortimer and Ella Dalby to spark better collaboration between police, social services and others.’

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The Guardian, 15th January 2022

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Star Hobson verdict: mother’s girlfriend found guilty of murdering toddler – The Guardian

‘A “cunning and clever” woman has been found guilty of murdering her girlfriend’s toddler daughter after being caught on CCTV “terrorising” the child when she was left to babysit.’

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The Guardian, 14th December 2021

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Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: Review of his death ‘owes it to him’ – BBC News

Posted December 7th, 2021 in child cruelty, homicide, inquiries, murder, news, social services by sally

‘Authorities owe it to Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and all children to review events leading up to his killing, the crime and policing minister Kit Malthouse has said.’

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BBC News, 6th December 2021

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Arthur Labinjo-Hughes: Dad and partner guilty of killing six-year-old – BBC News

‘A father and his partner have been found guilty of the killing of six-year-old Arthur Labinjo-Hughes.’

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BBC News, 2nd December 2021

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