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A couple have given up a fight to regain care of their child despite being cleared of abuse at a criminal trial. The man and woman had complained of being victims of a miscarriage of justice because their child had been adopted when they have not been convicted of any…
A partnership that is leading the way to a better future for children in care in Sunderland has been praised by a leading national voice on adoption. Sunderland City Council is working with the University of Sunderland on a wide ranging Knowledge Transfer Partnership (KTP), to ensure young people in…
Two sisters whose Hungarian parents have returned to Hungary should be adopted in England, a High Court judge has ruled. The girls, now four and three, had lived in England all their lives, Mr Justice Peter Jackson was told. They had been placed into temporary foster care - with an…
A couple have begun the latest stage of a legal fight to regain care of their child after being cleared of abuse at a criminal trial. The man and woman say they have been victims of a miscarriage of justice because their child has been adopted when they have not…
A couple who failed to prevent their grandchildren being placed for adoption were threatened with jail after information relating to the youngsters appeared on Facebook. Social services bosses at Central Bedfordshire Council complained that Simon Markwick, who is in his early 50s, and Tracey Markwick, who is in her late…
An annual report which presents information on those on care orders and other children provided with accommodation by their local authority. Key points 5,662 children were looked after on 31 March 2016, an increase of 47 (0.8 per cent) over the previous year and a rate of 90 per 10,000…
The Northern Ireland Social Care Council have hosted a presentation by Montserrat Fargas Malet (pictured) from Queens University Belfast of the findings of a longitudinal study which has been tracking the placements and measuring the outcomes for a population of looked after children. The study provides a comparative analysis of…
Three children whose loving parents have "insurmountable" learning difficulties must be placed for adoption, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Anthony Cleary said council social services staff had worked with the children's parents for a "substantial period" in the hope of keeping the family together. But the judge said…
The most senior family court judge in England and Wales has been asked to make decisions about the future of a three-year-old girl who has been at the centre of litigation for almost all her life. A local family court judge, a High Court judge and several Court of Appeal…
Ministers have defended the care system after a former Liberal Democrat MP said council social services departments in England and Wales were "under pressure" to get children adopted. John Hemming, who campaigns for improvements in the family justice system, said the process of assessment used by judges who make decisions…
A 10-year-old boy born with foetal alcohol syndrome has found himself at the centre of an Anglo-Irish legal debate after his adoptive parents said they were struggling to cope. The youngster was born in England and adopted at the age of two after being taken into care by social services…
A little girl whose identity is unknown and whose parents cannot be found should be placed for adoption, a High Court judge has ruled. The youngster was taken into care earlier this year after social services staff at West Sussex County Council became concerned as a result of a call…
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