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A High Court judge has praised on a couple in Wales who have fostered an "enormous" number of children. Mr Justice Francis, who is based in the Family Division of the High Court in London, says he cannot imagine how social workers would cope if it were not for people…
Social media is contributing to a growing number of young people struggling with loneliness, a charity has said. The latest figures from Childline show that the NSPCC-supported service delivered 4,636 counselling sessions for loneliness in 2017/18 - a 14% rise on the previous year. Teenagers accounted for most of these,…
A 10-year-old orphan facing deportation just months after the death of his mother has been granted leave to remain in the UK. Giorgi Kakava has been told he will be able to stay in Glasgow with his grandmother Ketino Baikhadze for the next two-and-a-half years when they will be able…
Tens of thousands of vulnerable children at risk of abuse and neglect may not be getting the help they need, a charity has warned. A report by Action for Children raises concerns that high numbers are being repeatedly referred to social services before any action is taken. It said it…
Action for Children are concerned that opportunities to intervene early are being missed. Some children are stuck in a revolving door into social care, in a cycle of referral and assessment, but only receiving help at crisis point. Vital family support services for problems like domestic abuse provide help that…
A High Court judge has issued an urgent appeal for help finding a 16-month-old boy and his pregnant mother. Mr Justice Keehan has been told how Joeking Kyerah disappeared after social workers raised concern about his welfare. The judge says evidence suggests that the youngster has been "spirited away" by…
A social worker has told a family court judge of the difficulties she faces trying to find adopters who meet the cultural and language needs of two boys taken from the care of their Polish mother. She told Judge Sarah Lynch there are three Polish speaking families in Britain who…
A recovering alcoholic has won the latest stage of a legal fight over the care of her daughter. She mounted an appeal after a family court judge ruled that the little girl, who is about 12 months old, should be placed for adoption. Three Court of Appeal judges have overturned…
A mother is suing holiday company Thomas Cook after claiming her daughter was abducted from a hotel kids club in Turkey. Janet Alexander took her two daughters Rose and Lois on their first trip abroad to Antalya in April. The single mother said she left Rose, aged five, at a…
Social workers working in children’s services in NI have a vital role in supporting families and protecting children from harm. This was the message from NI’s Chief Social Worker Sean Holland as he spoke before the regional launch of the Signs of Safety training programme today, part of a wider…
A baby whose father lives in a "complicated" relationship with two women should be placed for adoption, a family court judge has decided. The man was living with the little boy's mother and "another woman", Judge Sarah Lynch was told. A psychologist who assessed the family said the relationship was…
The Church of England "botched" an inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse, the author of a review of the report has said. Sir Roger Singleton said the Church's Past Cases Review in 2010 did not give a comprehensive picture of the problem and that those conducting it refused to…