Archive for the 'social services' Category

Massive fall in child abuse deaths linked to new protection policies – The Independent

“Child deaths from abuse have fallen dramatically over the past 30 years, new figures show. With social workers frequently vilified after the death of a child at the hands of adult guardians, the findings – published in Archives of Disease in Childhood – act as tribute to the success of child protection policies and those who implement them.”

Full story

The Independent, 5th May 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Judge raps care ‘failures’ in paedophile case – The Independent

“A High Court judge investigating a mother with learning difficulties whose children became victims of a dangerous paedophile has strongly condemned the way the case was handled by a county’s social services.”

Full story

The Independent, 21st April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Birmingham City Council disabled care limits ‘unlawful’ – BBC News

“Judges have ruled that Birmingham City Council’s plans to limit social care for disabled people are unlawful.”

Full story

BBC News, 20th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Pair found guilty of trying to sell child for £35,000 – The Guardian

“Two people have been found guilty of trying to sell an 11-month-old girl as a slave.”

Full story

The Guardian, 12th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Freed man in court secrecy battle – Daily Telegraph

“A businessman cleared of rape was told by social workers that he could not live with his young daughter and was then banned from asking his MP for help.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 10th April 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Ministers ignoring Child Poverty Act, warn family campaigners – The Guardian

“Child poverty campaigners have written to the government warning ministers that they have broken a legal commitment to implement the Child Poverty Act fully.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Adult Social Care – Final Report Page – Law Commission

“On 31 March 2011, we published the Consultation Analysis, which is an analysis of the responses received to our consultation paper.  It summarises the views of consultees in relation to the 57 provisional proposals and 25 consultation questions put forward.”

Full analysis

Law Commission, 31st March 2011

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Sharon Shoesmith in appeal over sacking – The Independent

“Sharon Shoesmith has launched a Court of Appeal battle over her sacking after the Baby P tragedy.”

Full story

The Independent, 28th March 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Call to sue councils that are ‘failing the vulnerable’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“The case of a mentally ill man who attempted suicide after being discharged from hospital to a park bench has prompted mental health solicitors to call on lawyers to sue local authorities that fail to provide adequate healthcare for some of society’s most vulnerable members.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 17th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

How the law can be used to fight cuts to services for disabled people – Law Society’s Gazette

“Disabled children and disabled adults need significant support from public bodies to help them lead ordinary lives. These groups require both specialist and targeted services and flexible universal services which can be adapted to their needs.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Woman convicted of impersonating a social worker – The Guardian

“A woman from Hertfordshire has become the first person to be convicted of pretending to be a qualified social worker, six years after legislation protecting the professional title took effect.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Khyra Ishaq’s father sues council over starvation death – BBC News

“The father of a girl who was starved to death after ‘missed opportunities’ by children’s services to save her is suing Birmingham City Council.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th March 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ombudsman could investigate child ‘snatching’ by courts – Daily Telegraph

“An independent Ombudsman could be appointed to investigate cases in which social workers and the courts are accused of taking children from their homes without justification.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 6th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

U-turn on mixed-race adoption ban – The Independent

“New guidance will tell social workers that they should allow white couples to adopt black and ethnic minority children, it was revealed today.”

Full story

The Independent, 19th February 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Oldham care baby mother takes battle to European courts – BBC News

“A mother from Greater Manchester who claims her baby daughter was wrongly taken into care has taken her case to the European Courts.”

Full story

BBC news, 11th February 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Social worker suspended over ignored child warning – BBC news

“A social worker who failed to pass on details about the abuse of a toddler a week before she was murdered has been suspended for two years.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Hair test ‘nearly cost mother baby’ – BBC News

“A hair test on a mother who nearly lost her child over alcohol allegations has been criticised by the High Court – potentially calling into question some tests done in similar cases.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Coroner rules out inquest into death of Baby P – The Independent

“An inquest into the death of Baby P will not go ahead, a coroner ruled today.”

Full story

The Independent, 30th November 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Agencies ‘missed chances’ to help Derby sex gang girls – BBC News

“Agencies ‘missed opportunities’  to help girls caught up in a sexual exploitation ring, an independent inquiry has found.”

Full story

BBC News, 25th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Shoesmith appeals high court dismissal ruling – The Guardian

“Sharon Shoesmith has launched an appeal against the high court ruling earlier this year which rejected her claim that she was unfairly sacked as director of Haringey children’s services after the death of baby Peter Connelly, the Guardian has learned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 10th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Sharon Shoesmith Baby P legal bid costs nearly £500,000 – BBC News

“A legal battle by the council director sacked over the death of Baby P has cost taxpayers nearly £500,000.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th November 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Baby P social workers lose unfair dismissal claim – The Independent

“Two social workers sacked over the Baby P tragedy have lost their claim for unfair dismissal, it emerged today.”

Full story

The Independent, 22nd October 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Legal fights to keep home care for Alzheimer’s woman – BBC News

“A Cornwall woman’s family is challenging a ruling by the NHS to send her to a nursing home or get agency carers because she has Alzheimer’s.”

Full story

BBC News, 21st September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Children left in danger by court delays – The Guardian

“Children are being damaged by unprecedented delays in the family courts in England and Wales, where judges can now take up to 65 weeks to decide whether it is safe for them to remain with their parents, Britain’s largest children’s charity says today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Child protection database to be switched off – BBC News

“A £235m government database containing the records of England’s 11 million children is being switched off.”

Full story

BBC News, 6th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Call for ‘urgent action’ on children’s services – Law Society’s Gazette

“A group of 18 legal, medical and child care organisations has called for urgent action to reform the delivery of court services to children in family proceedings.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 5th August 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Khyra Ishaq tragedy: ministers urged to tighten law on home education – The Guardian

“Ministers must urgently review the law on home education to prevent further tragedies, the independent review into the death of Khyra Ishaq recommended today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 27th July 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Starved girl Khyra Ishaq’s death ‘was preventable’ – BBC News

“The death of a seven-year-old girl who starved to death could have been prevented, a report has found.”

Full story

BBC News, 27th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Khyra Ishaq serious case review to be released – BBC News

“A report into how social workers, police and other professionals handled the case of a girl who died after being starved at home will be released later.”

Full story

BBC News, 27th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Manchester social services criticised over baby’s care – BBC News

“Social services in Manchester have been criticised in an independent review into the care given to a baby boy who was left brain damaged and blinded.”

Full story

BBC News, 14th July 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mother loses appeal over baby’s removal – The Independent

“The ‘draconian powers’ of social workers to order a child to be taken from a mother who turns out to be innocent is a cost to be paid to protect the vulnerable, appeal judges said today.”

Full story

The Independent, 2nd July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Baby P social worker wins libel compensation – The Independent

“A Haringey social worker today accepted undisclosed compensation over the authority’s false claim that she did not raise concerns about returning Baby P to his mother.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st July 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Shannon Matthews serious case review clears social workers – The Guardian

“Social workers could not have foreseen the abduction of Shannon Matthews by her mother, a serious case review has concluded.”

Full story

The Guardian, 16th June 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Government orders review of child protection in England – BBC News

“An independent review of child protection and social work in England has been ordered by the government.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th June 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Child abuse reports to be published – The Independent

“Full reports of official investigations into the most notorious cases of child abuse are to be published, ministers confirmed.”

Full story

The Independent, 8th June 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Social services condemned over death of girl found hanged – Daily Telegraph

“Social workers responsible for looking after an eight-year-old girl found hanged in her bedroom after weeks of neglect were poorly trained and over-worked, a report found.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 21st May 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Death tax law ruled out next parliament – The Guardian

“Andy Burnham, the health secretary, will today rule out legislation in the next parliament to impose a death tax to pay for social care for the elderly, but will promise new laws to cap the cost of residential costs after two years in a home.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

‘Free care for vulnerable’ bill killed off by Lords coalition – The Guardian

“The government conceded that its eye-catching bill to provide free care at home for the vulnerable will have to wait until after the election after peers inflicted a series of defeats.”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Adviser warns Ed Balls over children’s social care funding ‘concerns’ – The Guardian

“Fresh package of funding and reform unveiled as the government’s independent child safety adviser warns the children’s secretary of a rise in demand on frontline services.”

Full story

The Guardian, 17th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Apology to daughters raped by Sheffield man – BBC News

“Two daughters made pregnant 19 times by their abusive father were given an apology by the authorities which failed to protect them.”

Full story

BBC News, 10th March 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Courts distrust evidence from social workers – The Guardian

“Courts are refusing applications to take children into care because some members of the judiciary hold social workers in such low esteem that they do not trust their evidence, it will be claimed this week in a major study.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th March 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Adult Social Care: Consultation Phase – Law Commission

“On 24 February 2010 we published a consultation paper on adult social care, which contains our detailed proposals for law reform.”

Full consultation paper

Law Commission, 24th February 2010

Source: www.lawcom.gov.uk

Social care law needs simplifying, says Law Commission – BBC News

“The law and duties covering social care provided by councils in England and Wales need simplifying, experts say. The Law Commission, which advises the government on law reform, said the current system, incorporating 39 different acts, was confusing.”

Full story

BBC News, 24th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Child killing rate ‘drops by 40%’ in England and Wales – BBC News

“The number of violent deaths among children in England and Wales has fallen by almost 40% since 1974, research has suggested.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th February 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Forced marriage law not being used enough – BBC News

“Laws introduced to stop forced marriages are not being used widely enough and social workers’ efforts to tackle the issue are also being hampered, according to experts.”

Full story

BBC News, 17th December 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Couple’s son, 2, taken into care by social workers after they ‘refused to feed him junk food’ – Daily Telegraph

“A two year-old boy was taken away by social services and put into foster care after his parents, Paul and Lisa Hessey, refused to follow doctors’ orders and feed him junk food, they have claimed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 3rd December 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Legality of Tory ‘easyCouncil’ experiment to be tested in high court – The Guardian

“The legality of a Conservative experiment in ‘no-frills’ local government will be challenged in the high court today by more than 250 sheltered housing residents who are furious at their council’s decision to remove live-in wardens to cut costs.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Baby P emails: judge demands explanation from Ofsted – The Guardian

“Newly disclosed court documents suggest Ofsted inspectors who wrote a damning report on Haringey children’s services were ordered to delete emails relating to Baby Peter and the council, a high court judge disclosed today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 2nd December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Ambitious reforms to transform the social work profession – Department for Children, Schools and Families

“Secretary of State for Children, Schools and Families, Ed Balls and Health Secretary Andy Burnham today announced the Government’s acceptance of a radical package of recommendations from the final Social Work Task Force report, to transform social work and public understanding of social workers’ crucial contribution to our society.”

Full press release

Department for Children, Schools and Families, 1st December 2009

Source: www.dcsf.gov.uk

Sweeping change to social work standards – The Guardian

“Guidelines will be introduced to ensure all social workers have manageable workloads, high quality supervision and time for professional training, the children’s secretary, Ed Balls, and the health secretary, Andy Burnham, will announce today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st December 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Judgement reserved on Baby P boss – BBC News

“A judge has reserved his decision in a legal action brought by the dismissed head of Haringey children’s services, Sharon Shoesmith.”

Full story

BBC News, 12th October 2009

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Sharon Shoesmith was told of failings, court hears – The Guardian

“Sharon Shoesmith, the former head of children’s services at the centre of the Baby Peter case, was made aware of ‘very significant professional failings’ in her department at Haringey before she was sacked, the high court heard today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 8th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Shoesmith launches legal challenge against Ed Balls – The Guardian

“Former director of children’s services at the centre of the Baby Peter case goes to the high court today to seek compensation for dismissal.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th October 2009

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Solicitor claims council guilty of Dunkirk veteran’s manslaughter – Daily Telegraph

“A solicitor is prosecuting a council for the alleged manslaughter of a Dunkirk veteran, who died two weeks after being told his care home was to be closed.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Baby P: Sharon Shoesmith ‘compares her treatment to that of James Bulger’s murderers’ – Daily Telegraph

“Sharon Shoesmith, the social services chief who was sacked over the Baby P scandal, compares her treatment to that of the killers of James Bulger in a legal challenge, it has been reported.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 1st September 2009

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk


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