‘All is not well with child protection in North Wales’ – Transparency Project

Posted January 30th, 2018 in children, medical treatment, news, social services, Wales by sally

‘This observation was made by HHJ Gareth Jones in Wrexham Family Court in March 2017, in a judgment Re E [2017] EWFC 101 published in January 2018.’

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Transparency Project, 28th January 2018

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Court rejects challenge to LGO finding on personal injury awards and care needs – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 25th, 2018 in compensation, local government, news, personal injuries, social services by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected as “totally without merit” a challenge brought by a council to a finding by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) that the authority could not take into account a woman’s personal injury award when carrying out an assessment of her finances.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th January 2018

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‘They took my life. I’m grieving for a child who is still alive’ – The Guardian

Posted January 24th, 2018 in adoption, children, gipsies, news, race discrimination, social services by tracey

‘New figures show a huge rise in Romany and Traveller families having their children taken away. It’s being blamed on institutional prejudice.’

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The Guardian, 24th January 2018

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Adoption a ‘runaway train often breaching rights of birth parents’ – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2018 in adoption, news, parental rights, social services by tracey

‘The British Association of Social Workers’s (BASW) independent adoption inquiry is the first to investigate the role of social workers in adoption with a focus on ethics and human rights and has called for a significant rethink and review of adoption law.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2018

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Child referred to social services every 49 seconds amid rising reports of domestic violence – The Independent

Posted January 12th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, news, social services, statistics by tracey

‘A child is referred to social services every 49 seconds in England and Wales, figures show, prompting urgent calls that a lack of funding is leading to “catastrophe” for the next generation of youngsters and their families.’

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The Independent, 11th January 2018

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Children to be adopted as ‘kisses and cuddles not enough’ – BBC News

Posted January 11th, 2018 in adoption, care orders, learning difficulties, news, social services by tracey

‘Two children have been taken from the care of their mother, who has a learning disability, after a judge said “kisses and cuddles are not enough”.

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BBC News, 10th January 2018

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The use of testing for drugs and alcohol in FDAC – Family Law

‘The FDAC National Unit (NU) coordinates quarterly meetings for all FDAC substance misuse workers, to provide a forum for discussing issues arising from working in FDAC, which is a very different experience to working within adult treatment services. Issues that arise include being part of a multi-disciplinary team, working within the tight timescales of care proceedings, and the need to focus on the welfare of the child and the child’s timescales rather than solely on the parent/s. Issues relating to testing are also discussed regularly.’

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Family Law, 9th January 2018

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Protection from neighbours – no duty – Nearly Legal

Posted January 8th, 2018 in appeals, children, housing, local government, negligence, news, social services by sally

‘What, if any, duty is owed by a local authority to children to protect them from abuse and harassment by neighbours? This court of appeal decision suggests none in negligence.’

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Nearly Legal, 7th January 2018

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A fork in the road – Cafcass and their pathways – Transparency

Posted January 8th, 2018 in domestic violence, family courts, news, parental rights, social services by sally

‘A little while ago we wrote some about Cafcass’ new proposed High Conflict pathway, which had been hailed in the press as a big thing in terms of dealing effectively with parental alienation. We had been offered an interview with the Cafcass Principal Social Worker, which had cleared up some of our questions but which had raised others.’

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Transparency Project, 6th January 2018

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Jeremiah Regis-Ngaujah murder: ‘Death could not be predicted’ – BBC news

Posted January 5th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, social services by tracey

‘The brutal murder of a two-year-old boy by his stepfather could not have been predicted, a review has found.’

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BBC news, 5th January 2018

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Restitution claims for failure to pay for aftercare services – Community Care Blog

Posted December 21st, 2017 in appeals, mental health, news, repayment, restitution, social services by tracey

‘If an individual has in years past paid him or herself for mental health aftercare services, which should have been paid for by public bodies, does that person have a valid restitution claim to be refunded the monies spent? The Court of Appeal in Richards v Worcestershire County Council [2017] EWCA Civ 1998 has upheld the decision of Newey J at first instance, that a claimant can bring a private law action against public authorities under Part 7 of the CPR, when it is alleged that:
· the public authority was responsible for providing mental health aftercare services to the claimant pursuant to section 117 of the Mental Health Act 1983;
· aftercare services were received by the claimant; and
· those services were paid for by the claimant themselves.
Such a claim would be brought in restitution, on the basis that the payments made by the claimant served to relieve the public authority of liabilities which they ought to have been bearing under section 117.’

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Community Care Blog, 18th December 2017

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Stepfather jailed over boy’s water park drowning – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2017 in children, homicide, negligence, news, sentencing, social services, suspended sentences by tracey

‘The stepfather of a five-year-old boy who drowned at a water park has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2017

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Warning of legal challenge to procurement of residential care places for children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 13th, 2017 in children, news, public procurement, residential care, social services by sally

‘The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) has warned that a legal challenge to local authority procurement of care places is possible without radical reform of the current system.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th December 2017

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Child abuse and neglect investigations surge by 60% over 10 years as services reach ‘tipping point’ – The Independent

Posted December 12th, 2017 in child abuse, child neglect, news, social services, statistics by sally

‘The number of investigations into child abuse and neglect started by local authorities has soared by 60 per cent in the last decade, as councils warn children’s services are reaching “tipping point”.’

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The Independent, 11th December 2017

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More than 30 child protection departments in special measures – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2017 in budgets, children, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The children’s services departments of more than 30 councils in England are in special measures, an Observer analysis has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 10th December 2017

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Social worker wins right to use documents for ECHR claim over judicial criticism – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 8th, 2017 in care orders, disclosure, family courts, human rights, news, social services by sally

‘The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has allowed a social worker to use restricted documents in proceedings to be brought over a judge’s critical remarks about her.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th December 2017

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London borough fined £100,000 after social workers assaulted – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 6th, 2017 in fines, health & safety, local government, London, news, social services, violence by sally

‘A local authority has been fined £100,000 after two of its social workers were assaulted on a home visit by the mother of a vulnerable child they were visiting.’

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Local Government Lawyer, December 2017

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Keir Starmer: make funding for women’s refuges mandatory – The Guardian

Posted November 28th, 2017 in benefits, domestic violence, housing, news, social security, social services, victims, women by sally

‘Keir Starmer, the shadow cabinet member and former chief prosecutor, has called for mandatory funding for refuges amid criticism over a shake-up of funding for women’s services.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2017

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Who protects the social workers? – Transparency Project

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in care workers, harassment, media, news, social services by sally

‘When a child dies, it is often social workers whose names pop up in the press, who are vilified and blamed. Following the recent media attention around the death of adopted Elsie Scully-Hicks (Shayla), this has become a topic of discussion again within the social work community – not that it has ever gone away.’

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Transparency Project, 22nd November 2017

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New Push to Make ‘Hillsborough Law’ a Reality – RightsInfo

‘The ‘Hillsborough Law‘ was first suggested after families of the 96 victims of the disaster were forced at recent inquests to defend themselves against allegations that fans had had too much to drink.’

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RightsInfo, 22md November 2017

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