Born into care

This latest report by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory 'Born into care: Newborns in care proceedings in England', summary report October 2018 is a must read for all IROs. The report was funded by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and written by a team of academics, using data provided by CAFCASS, the children and family … Continue reading Born into care

Access to justice increasingly only for the few, Law Society warns ministers

Law Society publishes LASPO review subsmission Public access to the justice system has never been so restricted, the Law Society has warned as it filed  its submission to government, highlighting the "devastating consequences" of cuts to publicly funded legal advice. In its response to the Ministry of Justice's review of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and … Continue reading Access to justice increasingly only for the few, Law Society warns ministers

Human trafficking: is our system for combating it fit for purpose? — UK Human Rights Blog

Human trafficking or modern slavery is one of the most appalling forms of criminal activity today. It’s also one of the most widespread and fastest-growing. The International Labour Organisation believes that at any one time at least 40.3 million people around the world are being coerced into a situation of exploitation or made to work… Read … Continue reading Human trafficking: is our system for combating it fit for purpose? — UK Human Rights Blog

Councils seek urgent assurances on controversial ‘mythbuster’ guidance | Children & Young People Now

https://twitter.com/article_39/status/1044228320622235650 Read at source: Councils seek urgent assurances on controversial 'mythbuster' guidance | Children & Young People Now

Minister responds to concerns about ‘myth-busting’ guide

Nadhim Zahawi has responded to the joint letter co-ordinated by Carolyn Willow, Director of Article 39. The Minister is not withdrawing the guide but states it does not alter existing statutory guidance or legislation. https://twitter.com/nadhimzahawi/status/1039088876785229825 Signatories to the joint letter are now considering next steps.

Supreme Court outlines nine key principles of section 20 practice | Community Care

By Luke Stevenson | Community Care | First published July 20, 2018 A recent court case outlined how social workers should approach section 20 arrangements. A recent Supreme Court ruling on the lawfulness of a section 20 arrangement included general commentary on the practice and a set of principles on how it should be correctly applied. Cathy Ashley, chief … Continue reading Supreme Court outlines nine key principles of section 20 practice | Community Care

Outcomes of Care Proceedings Research

Outcomes of Care Proceedings Research – England & Wales We are pleased to bring you three short summary reports from the research project on Outcomes of care proceedings before and after the 26-week reforms, led by Prof Judith Masson (University of Bristol) and Prof Jonathan Dickens (University of East Anglia). The three reports cover: Court … Continue reading Outcomes of Care Proceedings Research

Updated advice issued on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

The Department for Education has recently issued updated advice. This advice replaces ‘Information sharing: advice for practitioners providing safeguarding services (2015)’. It is for practitioners and senior managers - to help you to decide when and how to share personal information legally and professionally. It includes information about the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) - highlighting … Continue reading Updated advice issued on information sharing for people who provide safeguarding services to children, young people, parents and carers.

New: Revised Statutory Guidance – Working Together 2018

IROs, all practitioners, should read this statutory guidance in full.  Comment by Sharon Martin, NIROMP Chair "I am pleased to see that there has been some strengthening of the child's voice in the guidance, but I am disappointed that the government has not taken the opportunity to strengthen children's rights in the new guidance". What children … Continue reading New: Revised Statutory Guidance – Working Together 2018

Court of Appeal – Human Trafficking

Home Office wrongly detained child victim of trafficking then released with no arrangements or protection from trafficking and risk of other violations despite solicitor intervention. The child immediately disappeared.  This appeal case brought by the Equality and Human Rights Commission found that the Secretary of State acted in breach of her duty under article 4 of … Continue reading Court of Appeal – Human Trafficking