“The Law Commission today holds out the prospect of the first comprehensive reform of social care law for more than half a century. Announcing a formal review of what it calls ‘a confusing patchwork of conflicting statutes’, the commission says it aims to recommend a more coherent structure – preferably in the form of a single act of parliament.”
The Guardian, 11th June 2008
Court of Appeal
“While Parliament had given social workers wide powers, which they must not abuse, they had to remember that the court was the ultimate arbiter of what was in the best interests of a child.”
The Times, 9th May 2008
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“A teenage mother whose baby was unlawfully removed from her within hours of his birth without a court order is to have a four-month residential assessment of her parenting skills which could cost the local authority nearly £100,000.”
The Guardian, 6th March 2008
House of Lords
“Where a child had been provided with accommodation by a local authority’s housing department but had not come to the attention of its children’s services department, she was not entitled to further council support in her own right.”
The Times, 3rd March 2008
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“A child who had been provided with accommodation by the housing department of a local authority but had not been brought to the attention of their children’s services department had not been ‘looked after’ under s 22(1) of the Children Act 1989 and was accordingly not entitled, having reached 18, to support under the Act as a ‘former relevant child’.”
WLR Daily, 27th February 2008
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“In far too many cases social workers are putting themselves above the law. Doctors increasingly report that a child who is admitted to hospital has injuries that may be ‘nonaccidental’. This is translated by local authorities as proving guilt.”
The Times, 23rd February 2008
“A baby girl who was murdered by her father had been seen by 30 health care workers, yet none of them realised she was at risk, a report has found. Jessica Randall, who died when she was 54 days old, might still be alive if signs of abuse had been properly identified, according to the findings of an inquiry by Northamptonshire’s Local SafeGuarding Children Board.”
The Guardian, 14th February 2008
“A baby taken from his 18-year-old mother by social workers two hours after his birth without court authority must go into foster care while further inquiries are made and assessments carried out, a district judge ruled yesterday.”
The Guardian, 2nd February 2008