A social worker appeared before a disciplinary hearing today charged with misconduct following the "suspicious" death of a baby.
Elizabeth De Souza-Oyewole took three days to pass on to bosses her note of a conversation with a police officer in which he told her of the death of a child known to social services, a hearing was told.
Mrs Oyewole, 50, was working a shift on Christmas Eve 2006 as part of an emergency duty team when the police officer rang her to tell her that… Continue
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SCOTTISH Labour leader Iain Gray has repeated his call for a more robust approach to early intervention with vulnerable children.
He spoke out after Martin Crewe, head of Barnardo's Scotland, argued more children from backgrounds of abuse or neglect should be taken into care earlier.
Mr Gray, MSP for East Lothian, said: "The safety of children must always come first and if that means more children being fostered, adopted or going into care to protect them, then we must change… Continue
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Police failures in Market Weighton child abuse case
Former principal James Carragher was jailed for 14 years
Humberside Police has been criticised by a watchdog for how it handled claims of sex abuse at a children's home.
Former principal Father James Carragher, of St William's Community Home in Market Weighton, was jailed in 2004 for abusing boys in his care.
The Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) started an inquiry in… Continue
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THURS 28/01/2010 - Local authorities' care plans are not always being sufficiently scrutinised by Cafcass guardians which, in the current risk-adverse climate, could lead to children being removed from their families unnecessarily, according to a survey by Nagalro.
The professional association for children's guardians conducted the survey to assess the impact of recent changes in family court services on children across the country. The survey is based on the responses to a… Continue
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LGA calls for rethink of the care system
Increase in care applications is costing extra £226m, claim local authorities
The Local Government Association claims that the increasing number of children being taken into care will have cost the taxpayer at least an additional £226 million in the current financial year. The sum, it says, is a combination of extra court costs and the increased bill for the number of children in council care. The Association warns that the… Continue
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Citizens Commission on Human Rights (CCHR) Bulletin
Think They Don’t Electroshock People Anymore? Think Again–Even toddlers and pregnant women are being shocked
by Dr. John Breeding, author of The Wildest Colts Make the Best Horses.
Ask the average person about the use of electroshock treatment in todayâ€™s society and 9 out of 10 will respond, "They still shock people?"
They do. It's estimated that more than 100,000 Americans are electroshocked… Continue
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I think they should name the Parents, the boys have had a terrible upbringing,and have suffered horrendous amounts of abuse mental,and physical,and by the looks of it lived in squalor.
This doesn't take away what horrors they put the two other boys through,as they were very lucky to live.lock them up for many years, so that they can never hurt another Human being.
They will be given new identities, 24 hours a day security on release,and a large house, rich rewards at the taxpayers… Continue
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25 January 2010
Young peopleYoung people will be taught how to deal with the pressure and intimidation often caused by exposure to sexual content in the media and on the internet and mobile phones, Ed Balls announced today.
Children will also learn about the importance of marriage and stable relationships to family life, and the value of delaying sexual experiences.
Updated guidance on sex and relationship education (SRE) will be… Continue
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Emergency measures in the family courts silence children’s voices, says Nagalro
Association for children's guardians publishes critique of changes in family court services
Emergency measures introduced to deal with backlogs and delays following an unprecedented rise in the number of child protection proceedings are posing new risks for already highly vulnerable children. That is the conclusion of Time for Children, a report published last week by Nagalro, the association… Continue
Added by Alison J Stevens on January 25, 2010 at 17:04 —
I can feel their hurt and PAIN, the Local Authority should of given them a chance by assessing this young couple in a mother and baby unit, because an individual has a slight learning difficulty, doesn't mean that she is gong to be a poor mother.
Instead this Baby will become another statistic of forced adoption.which is happening every single day in the UK, via the family courts.
With a Parenting course,and other assesments,and regular monitoring by Social Services, this young couple… Continue
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By Andrew Porter, Political Editor
Published: 10:00PM GMT 20 Jan 2010
Iain Duncan Smith, the former Tory leader, said all the evidence showed that children from “two-parent families” do far better in life.
It came as Labour prepared to unveil its plans for new family… Continue
Added by Alison J Stevens on January 23, 2010 at 20:51 —
Wow Guardians complaining about their Employer.
Whistle-blowing at its best.
The theory of reading documentation, cannot always be taken as the real facts, so children should always been seen as a part of acceptable practice.as in the saying seeing is believing,this would help safeguard vulnerable children, i know at the moment it will not be feasible, with the rise in care proceedings, resulting in a massive waiting list, in some parts of the country, which in some places, especially… Continue
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Press warned over family courts
Children may be less willing to discuss sensitive issues during family court proceedings if journalists are given greater access to hearings, research has claimed.
Legislative proposals included in the Children, Schools and Families Bill would allow the press greater access to family court cases.
But according to the report published by the Children's Commissioner for England, Sir Al Aynsley-Green, most children involved in family… Continue
Added by Alison J Stevens on January 22, 2010 at 20:25 —
Now you can see how children are let down by the system,and the medical profession, by putting inadequately trained profeshionals in a position to assess and examine vulnerable children, who were already a part of the Care System, to be given half an hours training in this specialty,and left in charge, was ,and is a disaster waiting to happen.
To administer medication, without having the child's medical notes, is dam right incompetent,i just hope no child has died due to this Doctors… Continue
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Demand for foster parents higher than ever across the uk
200151767-001Demand for foster parents is at a new high in the UK as social workers in the UK remove an increasing amount of children from situations of abuse and neglect.
Leading U.K. childcare charity Bernardo’s has issued a report that calls for government support in raising awareness for the need of foster homes. The report, issued today, coincides with the beginning of the charity’s Fostering and Adoption Week,… Continue
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Has Ed Balls just come to this decision, that family break ups could have devastating consequences on children's lives, surely it has been known for decades that don't just harm children, but Parents as well as the extended family. The Government are sticking their noses into family lives enough and is getting to be a dictatorship. I agree with mediation, but if the issue is forced, that could put more strain on a relationship, which could have an even more drastic effect on emotions, which… Continue
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