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Two social workers have been found guilty of contempt of court after they defied a legal ruling to prevent a mother gaining greater access to her estranged children. The Edinburgh City Council employees, referred to as “CM” and “GL”, went against the decision of Sheriff Kathrine Mackie which allowed the…
The departure of a trouble-shooter brought in to overhaul Northamptonshire's child protection services could delay improvements, it has been claimed. Kevin Crompton is to leave less than a year after being appointed chairman of Northamptonshire's safeguarding board. Labour opposition at the county council said the move was "deeply" concerning and…
The turnaround time for child protection cases judged as high or complex needs has almost halved in some areas since the London multi-agency safeguarding hub (MASH) programme began in 2011, according to a new academic report from the University of Greenwich. A MASH co-locates a whole range of agencies, including…
An audit of how the Catholic order the Christian Brothers dealt with abuse allegations has found only 12 brothers were convicted of crimes between 1975 and today. A review of the congregation's files found that its initial response to the need to report abuse to the authorities was not systematic…
An innovative project which supports young victims of sexual exploitation has won the London Safeguarding Children Award. Merton Safeguarding Children Board’s Promote and Protect Young People initiative helped to improve the co-ordination of a range of specialist services to support victims of sexual exploitation and young people at risk. This…
Mounting pressure on social workers means that many do not have the time or resources to properly protect vulnerable children, a new survey suggests. Three quarters (73 per cent) of the 600 social workers surveyed by Community Care magazine said they struggled to properly protect children at risk, citing escalating…
Essex County Council has responded to the media reports concerning the delivery, without the mother's consent, of a baby by caesarean section and the child's removal into care of the local authority. Essex County Council said it had "exhausted all other options", such as liaising with the mother's extended family,…
All children have the right to be protected from violence, exploitation and abuse. Yet, millions of children worldwide from all socio-economic backgrounds, across all ages, religions and cultures suffer violence, exploitation and abuse every day. Millions more are at risk. Some girls and boys are particularly vulnerable because of gender,…
This Command Paper is published in response to the Home Affairs Committee’s Second Report of Session 2013-14 entitled: ‘Child Sexual Exploitation and the response to localised grooming’: HC68-1 (incorporating HC182, 2012-13), which was published on 10 June 2013. The Committee has made 36 recommendations for the Government to consider. The…
I have officially been at work for a few weeks now and it was quite an exciting, overwhelming and frustrating experience full of meeting various team members, signing up for training, learning the computer systems and learning the policies and procedures of social work. Oh and also, I have now…
As the Rochdale horror revealed, we need to overhaul how we care for our most troubled children, By Edward Timpson Next month will mark the first anniversary of the sentencing of nine men from Rochdale who were convicted of systematically grooming and abusing scores of vulnerable young girls. For one…
Monday, 3 Sep, 2012

Webwatch - WithScotland

The Multi-Agency Resource Service (MARS) and the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN) have recently joined forces and renamed themselves WithScotland. The merge of the two organisations has led to the development of a new website - a national resource for the benefit of everyone in Scotland involved in…
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