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 […]

Coventry children’s services still ‘require improvement’

Coventry children’s services still ‘require improvement’

An Ofsted report into Coventry children’s services has found it “requires improvement to be good”. Inspectors spent nearly a month evaluating the services, which were rated inadequate in 2014. They praised the “intense focus” of council leaders over the past 12 months but said improvements are “not yet fully embedded”. Council Leader George Duggins said […]

Fostering and Education – The Key to Success

Fostering and Education – The Key to Success

The Social Care Institute for Excellence (SCIE) found that in 2014, “foster children want the same things in life as nearly all children: success at school, a good job, a happy family and children. School and education are very important to them as a first step to achieving these ambitions.”  Whilst this may be true […]

Foster Carer’s Bid for Rights

Foster Carer’s Bid for Rights

31 March 2017 West Scotland and Glasgow A couple who have been working as foster carers for six years are to take their case to be classed as council employees to a tribunal. James and Christine Johnstone claim to have suffered an unlawful deduction of wages after not having a child placed with them for […]

Foster Care | Rotherham grooming gang victim

Foster Care | Rotherham grooming gang victim

Woman abused by Arshid Hussain goes public A woman abused by the leader of a child grooming gang in Rotherham has revealed her identity for the first time as she continues her fight for justice. Sammy Woodhouse, who previously talked about her experience under the false name Jessica, waived her right to anonymity to speak […]

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