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

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 Teens in Care Placed in B&Bs

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 Multiple failings, IRO and whistleblowing | Suesspiciousminds

Ofsted warns against ‘false economy’ of cuts to preventive services loading pressures onto social care | Community Care

Cuts by local authority funding are already impacting on children’s services, Ofsted has said. Ofsted’s national director for social care, Yvette Stanley, told Community Care that while most local areas are managing to make savings without compromising frontline services, “we are seeing resources reduced in terms of the whole continuum of early help and prevention … Continue reading Ofsted warns against ‘false economy’ of cuts to preventive services loading pressures onto social care | Community Care

BT & GT (Children : twins – adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018)

In the matter of BT & GT (Children : twins - adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018), Mr Justice Keehan has awarded costs against a local authority for the "serious and serial basis" of failures towards two children. Keehan said the IROs in this matter had 'failed to take any steps to oversee and/or … Continue reading BT & GT (Children : twins – adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018)

#EqualityMatters: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

The Women and Equalities Committee has held a session examining violence against women and girls from Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities. In particular, the Committee examined: The context in which abusive relationships may arise in GRT communities The barriers that GRT women face when trying to leave abusive situations The relationship between GRT communities … Continue reading #EqualityMatters: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

Uncovering gross ethnic inequalities in child protection and care …

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Not all local authorities have rising care rates. How do we explain this? | What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care

Originally published on 28 November 2018. Source: What Works Centre for Children's Social Care Author: Professor Jonathan Scourfield Most people reading this blog will be well aware, because it has been widely reported, that in all UK countries the rates of children looked after are increasing year on year. In England, the number has risen from … Continue reading Not all local authorities have rising care rates. How do we explain this? | What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care

Keynote by Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane “Crisis; What Crisis?”

Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division recently Key Note Address: “Crisis; What Crisis?”Association of Lawyers for Children Conference 2018 23 November 2018. This conference is meeting at a time when an unprecedented number of applications are being made each month by local authorities for care or supervision orders in relation to children. … Continue reading Keynote by Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane “Crisis; What Crisis?”