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Social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge after a man was accused of physically abusing his son. Judge Stephen Wildblood said staff at Somerset County Council had "got nowhere near" proving allegations made against the man. He said it was "perfectly plain" that there had been…
Social worker Martin Sands has been suspended from the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC) Register for 12 months on grounds of misconduct after failing to respond to child protection and/or child welfare concerns whilst employed by Sefton Metropolitan Borough Council. A panel of the HCPC Conduct and Competence Committee…
Over the course of last week, The East and Midlothian Public Protection Committee (EMPPC) formally launched its integrated approach to public protection. The Public Protection Team supports operational staff across partner agencies, by providing a level of expert advice and promoting consistency of practice. The Team includes Adult Support and…
Police Scotland have launched a new specialist unit to support the investigation of complex child abuse and neglect across Scotland. The National Child Abuse Investigation Unit (NCAIU) in Livingston will provide local policing teams with consistent, high quality support for robust investigations into reports of complex child abuse and neglect,…
A Ukrainian concert pianist who became embroiled in a row with social workers after his son was taken into foster care has been criticised by a family court judge. The youngster, now 12, had been in the sole care of his father after arriving in the UK in 2006, Judge…
A call center in New Zealand dedicated to child welfare matters is collating data on families in order to see if patterns can be spotted, and child abuse prevented as a result. Whilst New Zealand is at the cutting edge of child welfare policy, the use of data to effectively…
The British Association for the Study and Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (BASPCAN) is holding a four-day Congress in Edinburgh from this weekend - one of the biggest child protection conferences ever to be held in the capital. WithScotland, the national resource for child protection in Scotland, will be…
Two City of Edinburgh Council social workers have had their contempt of court conviction quashed by a judgment from the Court of Session on Friday. The pair, referred to AB and CD, were orginally found guilty of contempt of court in December 2013 after they stopped a mother from seeing…
This Department of Health (DH) advice is for anyone who comes into contact with children and families while working, including: social care practitioners health practitioners early years practitioners school staff (both teaching and non-teaching) police officers It applies to people working in the: statutory sector (organisations set up, controlled and…
Predatory men suspected of grooming children for sex could be stopped immediately if a new type of banning order was introduced by the new government, local government leaders have said. Children who are being groomed for sexual exploitation are at risk of being harmed because too often officials are powerless…
A High Court judge has raised concerns about children in care being held in police custody for too long as a result of going missing and being found. Mr Justice Newton has suggested that local authority social services staff are not making proper arrangements to collect vulnerable youngsters from police…
Barnardo’s Scotland knows from our direct work with families that children affected by parental imprisonment are an extremely vulnerable group who often suffer in silence, unseen and unheard by statutory agencies. Within our own Barnardo’s Scotland children’s services we recently did a small survey of staff and found that over…