Times distorted Muslim foster case

The press regulator has ruled the Times “distorted” its coverage of a five-year-old Christian girl who was placed with Muslim foster carers. The newspaper ran three front-page stories in August 2017 after the girl was removed from her mother’s care by Tower Hamlets council in east London. It said foster carers stopped her eating bacon, […]

Foster family received death threats

Foster family received death threats

A foster family received death threats after their details were accidentally released by a hospital. Their names, address and mobile phone numbers were disclosed to the birth family of a child they were caring for, forcing them to leave their home. Across London, reports of data breaches in child protection departments are up a third […]

Powys suicide foster teen ‘failed’ ahead of leaving care

By Jenny Johnson BBC News A teenager who took his own life while in foster care was failed by agencies as he prepared to leave the care system, a review has concluded. The boy, from Powys, killed himself three months before his 18th birthday after becoming anxious about living independently. Agencies failed to account for […]

Battle to keep seriously ill child

Battle to keep seriously ill child

Karina Driscoll Image caption Ed Sheeran visited Melody at Epsom Hospital in November 2016 Croydon mum facing court battle to keep seriously ill child The mother of a seriously ill girl is facing a court battle to keep custody of her daughter. Melody Driscoll, 11, from Croydon, made headlines when singer Ed Sheeran visited her […]

Fostering | Three sisters are suing Glasgow city council

Fostering | Three sisters are suing Glasgow city council

Three sisters are suing Glasgow city council Three sisters are suing Glasgow city council after being placed with foster parents who allegedly abused them. John and Alma Cassidy would beat and sexually assault the children at the foster home in Glasgow, it is claimed. John Cassidy was moved after separate complaints were made – but […]

Foster Carers Union

Foster Carers Union

Foster Carers Union The importance of the Foster Care Workers Branch, the Foster Carers Union. The Foster Care Workers Branch is the official union of foster carers in the UK. It was formed on 19 September 2016, making it the newest member of the Independent Workers Union of Great Britain (IWGB). From 2016 many local […]

Foster care abuse victim in ‘landmark’ win against council

Foster care abuse victim in ‘landmark’ win against council

A woman who was abused as a child by her foster parents has won a Supreme Court battle against the local authority responsible for her care. The court ruled Nottinghamshire County Council “vicariously liable” for the abuse after placing Natasha Armes with two foster couples in the 1980s. Lawyers acting for Ms Armes, who the […]

Ruling over ‘Muslim foster case’ girl

Ruling over ‘Muslim foster case’ girl

A judge has ruled a Christian girl should live with a family member in a case in which it was claimed she was placed with a Muslim foster family. The local authority involved, the London Borough of Tower Hamlets, has rejected reports the foster family did not speak English. It said the girl had been […]

Social Services failing to support long term placements

Social Services failing to support long term placements

Long term fostering breakdowns It is becoming increasingly common that children’s long term foster care placements are breaking down because their needs are not being met by Social Services. As a result, in some cases children have had to leave their long term placements to go into residential care. In July 2017 Cliodhna Russell reported […]

Child Cruelty Consultation

Child Cruelty Consultation

Child Cruelty Consultation June 2017 marked the beginning of a 13 week public consultation, regarding offences of cruelty to children. This is being conducted by the Sentencing Council, an independent body who are responsible for developing sentencing guidelines for the courts, used by the courts when passing a sentence.  Throughout the process they are meeting […]

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