Ray Jones: ‘If councils lose accountability for children’s services then families will lose the help they need’

Ray Jones, social work academic and former director of social services in Wiltshire, has been nothing short of vocal about his concerns surrounding the increasing involvement of private companies in the delivery of social work and social care. Many share his view – almost 72,000 people signed three petitions in 2014 opposing government proposals to... Continue Reading →

Home education – important court ruling #safeguarding #humanrights

German parents whose four children were taken into care because they refused to send them to school did not have their human rights breached, the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) has ruled. Read full piece at source: Home education: Court rules against German Christian family

Children’s care cash crisis: nine in 10 councils pushed into the red | LGA

Severe funding shortages for social services that protect vulnerable children have pushed nearly nine in 10 councils into the red, new analysis by the LGA reveals today, prompting warnings that funding for children’s care is now in a country-wide crisis. New figures show that a total of 133 out of 152 councils (88 per cent)... Continue Reading →

DfE faces legal action over ‘misleading’ safeguarding guidance | Children & Young People Now

The Department for Education could face legal action for publishing guidance that might lead local authorities to break laws protecting vulnerable children, a charity has claimed. Read full piece at source: DfE faces legal action over 'misleading' safeguarding guidance | Children & Young People Now

Teens in Care Placed in B&Bs

Teens in care are being housed alone in B&Bs Observer investigation finds increased use of ‘independent living arrangements’. An increasing number of under-18- year-olds in care are being housed in 'independent living accommodation' by local authorities, according to an investigation by The Observer and BBC 5 Live. The report, based partly on answers to Freedom of... Continue Reading →

Multiple failings, IRO and whistleblowing | Suesspiciousminds

Thank you to Sueesspiciousminds for his post of 10th December 2018 regards the matter of: A & B (care orders and placement orders – failures) [2018] EWFC 72 (30 November 2018) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2018/72.html   The following extract is from Mr Justice Keehan's judgement: 50.I am appalled at the manner in which and the serial occasions on which the... Continue Reading →

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