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Ministers have ruled out imposing measures that could have resulted in school secretaries, caterers and caretakers facing jail if they failed to raise the alarm about child abuse. In 2016 the Government unveiled proposals to place people who work in roles that bring them into contact with children under a…
Social workers have changed their minds about allowing a drug addict who regularly tested positive for crack cocaine when pregnant to care for her toddler daughter, a family court judge says. The girl had temporarily been taken from her mother shortly after birth because of concerns about her mother's drug…
On World Social Work Day 2018, what better way for West Sussex County Council to celebrate our work than to invite you to participate in our inaugural conference and explore the theme of direct work with children? The Munro Review highlighted that the only way to create a “child-centred” system…
Poor sharing of information led to warning signs being missed before a 19-day-old boy was murdered by his mother, a serious case review has found. Nicola Brown, 43, was found guilty of the murder of her son Jake following a trial at Winchester Crown Court in 2016 and was sentenced…
Poor sharing of information led to warning signs being missed before a 19-day-old boy was murdered by his mother, a serious case review has found. Nicola Brown, 43, was found guilty of the murder of her son Jake following a trial at Winchester Crown Court in 2016 and was sentenced…
Research headed by a University of Huddersfield professor has caused an influential social work organisation to call for a major review of UK adoption law, so that children who have been adopted could retain much closer contact with their birth families. In England, Scotland and Wales, direct contact – more…
A 14-year-old girl who has been at the centre of a row between her mother and grandmother for most of her life must live with foster carers, a High Court judge has decided. Mrs Justice Parker concluded that the girl had been treated as a "weapon and a prize" in…
Grooming gangs that preyed on 700 girls and vulnerable young women in the North East carried out their abuse with "arrogant persistence" before a major operation was launched to stop them, a Serious Case Review has found. A 150-page report has been published into the authorities' response to child sexual…
The Newcastle Safeguarding Adults Board (NSAB) and the Newcastle Safeguarding Children Board (NSCB) have published a Joint Serious Case review to consider and learn from sexual exploitation involving children and young adults in Newcastle. The Joint Serious Case Review fulfills the NSAB's duty under Section 44 of the Care Act…
A homeless man who attempted to abduct an eight-year-old girl from a park has been released into the community. Judge Andrew Shaw said 59-year-old Matthew Reid was a "very troubling individual", and he criticised the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) for its handling of the case as he sentenced Reid to…
Shortcomings are still rife in child protection investigations mounted by Britain's largest police force, a watchdog report reveals. An audit of cases found "significant weaknesses" remained apparent in Metropolitan Police inquiries involving under-18s, a year after a scathing critique exposed a catalogue of failings. The original assessment, published in November…
Education Secretary John Swinney has been asked to detail meetings between government officials and witnesses to a Holyrood committee regarding named person legislation. The written request comes after Mr Swinney was asked to provide assurances in November over questions on whether “the Scottish Government sought to directly influence evidence to…