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A psychologist asked to provide an expert assessment of the father of a toddler at the centre of family court litigation wrote to a judge to apologise for giving "very poor quality" evidence. She told Judge Richard Howell that she had been ill on the day she appeared in court.…
A married couple who have a platonic relationship and live in different homes have been made the legal parents of a child born following a foreign surrogacy arrangement. The most senior family court judge in England and Wales says the fact that the couple's relationship is not romantic is no…
There is a real need for more LGBT people to adopt or foster children in Wales, Minister for Children and Social Care, Huw Irranca-Davies said today. To mark LGBT Adoption and Fostering Week (5th-11th March), the Minister said Wales needs more prospective adoptive families to care for the 140 children…
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…
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…
The adoptive mother of a baby who fought for justice after he was so violently assaulted he lost both his legs has told how "horrified" she was to learn his parents could escape prosecution. The woman said she could not "sit back and do nothing" when legally adopting Tony Smith…
A woman who wanted a new partner to adopt her 11-year-old son and dishonestly told a social worker that she did not know who the boy's father was has been given a warning by a judge. Magistrates in Grimsby (pictured), Lincolnshire, approved the adoption as a result of the woman's…
The Institute of Public Care (IPC), Oxford Brookes University, has been appointed to conduct a review of the arrangements for commissioning fostering and residential care placements in London. The request has been made by Association of London Directors of Children’s Services (ALDCS) through London Councils. The aim is to explore…
An academic at the University of Chester is working with a new national charity to improve the lives of looked after children. Insights from evaluative research led by Professor Elizabeth Harlow from the Department of Social Work and Interprofessional Education, were harnessed by the University’s honorary graduate Sir John Timpson…
Adoption has been a particularly politicised and contentious area of public policy in recent years in the UK, perhaps most particularly in England. Political and ideological perspectives on adoption drive legal frameworks, policy, the culture of practice and the use of resources. It was against this backdrop that BASW commissioned…
A woman who suffered the "unimaginable trauma" of seeing two children die when they were babies must have an 18-month-old daughter taken from her care and placed for adoption even though she has caused the youngster no harm, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Alan Booth said the toddler's…
A family court judge has refused to approve social workers' plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them. Judge Clifford Bellamy said he wanted a child psychologist to assess the effect of separation on the children. He said…
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