Social worker ‘wrong’

Social worker ‘wrong’

A family court judge has criticised a social worker who recommended four children should be taken from their parents and put in to care. Judge Keith Wilding ignored the advice and said the social worker had made “critical errors” in her evidence. Hertfordshire County Council bosses had also put pressure on her and that gave […]

Number of newborn babies taken into care doubles

Number of newborn babies taken into care doubles

A new study suggests the number of newborn babies in England taken into care at birth has continued to rise. Data shows that over eight years the number of newborns subject to care proceedings has more than doubled, from 1,039 in 2007-8 to 2,447 in 2016-17. A newborn is less than seven days old. Newborns […]

Nottinghamshire child sexual abuse ‘not believed’

Nottinghamshire child sexual abuse ‘not believed’

Children sexually abused in the Nottinghamshire care system were “not believed”, an inquiry has heard. The Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) heard 343 people reported sexual abuse in the county. Andris Logins, who worked at Beechwood Community Home in Mapperley, was jailed after a trial in 2016 after one victim gave evidence against […]

Fostering News Update

Fostering News Update

17:47 11 Sep Foster care shortage in Lewisham Local Democracy Reporting Service Lewisham Council will need to find 90 fostering households over the next three years to address the shortage of carers in the borough. The council is now seeking to make itself the “agency of choice” for prospective foster carers as it competes with […]

Girl ‘locked away’ fostered

Girl ‘locked away’ fostered

Girl ‘locked away from the world’ and abused by her parents. A couple who “systematically and regularly” abused their daughter while locking her away have been jailed. She had been “kept locked up at home and cut off from the outside world”, never having seen a cat or dog or gone on a bus, Swansea […]

Fostering Plans

Fostering Plans

Plans to help children in foster care experience loving and stable homes Children and Families Minister Nadhim Zahawi announces new measures to improve foster care, as part of the government’s response to two fostering reviews. Published 20 July 2018 From: Department for Education and Nadhim Zahawi MP Foster families are to receive clearer advice on […]

Missing from care

Missing from care

‘Alarming’ rise in Londoners reported missing from care. By Sarah Lee BBC News The number of reports of vulnerable people going missing from care in London is increasing at “an alarmingly high rate”, a charity has said. Data obtained by the BBC has revealed that the Met Police handled nearly 17,000 missing from care reports […]

Sprinter’s journey from years of foster care

Sprinter’s journey from years of foster care

Leon Reid: Sprinter’s journey from years of foster care to Commonwealth medal “Now I can hopefully say I am an ambassador for young people in foster care or care, that’s it not a one-way path to prison or whatever else. There are so many different options you can take.” Five weeks after winning Northern Ireland’s […]

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 […]

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