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A packed lecture theatre welcomed keynote speaker Dr Ray Jones, Professor of Social Work and author of ‘The story of Baby P, setting the record straight,’ to Southampton Solent’s Itchen Lecture Theatre last Friday. Addressing final year students and professionals already employed in the care sector, Dr Jones delivered a…
The key to preventing child sexual exploitation is stopping young people who are "determined to put themselves at risk", from running away from care homes, the chief constable of Greater Manchester Police (GMP) said. Sir Peter Fahy insisted that the police had learned lessons after an investigation highlighted "significant failures"…
More needs to be done to repair families instead of rescuing children and putting them into care, Health and Social Services Minister Mark Drakeford has said at a looked after children conference. Addressing the conference in Powys yesterday, the Minister said the system needs to be rebalanced so the focus…
The Government has been accused of failing to take action to help the nation's most vulnerable youngsters. There has been an "alarming reluctance" by the Department for Education (DfE) to play an active role in securing better services and results for children in care, according to the Commons public accounts…
Many local councils are struggling to offer a good standard of care and protection for their most vulnerable youngsters, inspectors have warned. Children's social services are still under "intense pressure" amid increasing numbers of young people in need of help, stretched budgets and intense public scrutiny, according to Ofsted. In…
Vulnerable children are finding adoptive families faster thanks to an improved system for matching prospective parents with youngsters from across Scotland. The new improved website for Scotland’s Adoption Register, which is run by the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government, is launched…
Social services bosses have been criticised by a family court judge over their handling of a case involving a four-year-old girl who had suffered "neglect" when at home. Judge Stephen Wildblood outlined a number of "failures" by Gloucestershire County Council. The judge said it was "very rare" that so many…
Senior public officials and councillors who fail to protect children from sexual exploitation will face up to five years in jail under a new criminal offence being considered by the Government. Under proposals unveiled by Prime Minister David Cameron and subject to consultation, the crime of "wilful neglect" will be…
A new inspection report from HM Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has criticised Dyfed-Powys Police over its handling of cases involving children. In their inspection, HMIC found significant delays in the investigation of child protection cases. The force were also criticised after children were being unnecessarily detained in police custody overnight…
Senior managers at a local authority have been criticised by the most senior family court judge in England and Wales over the way they handled a case involving a toddler who had been placed in foster care at birth. Sir James Munby said the approach taken by Darlington Borough Council…
Campaigners fighting the controversial named person scheme are to appeal after a judge rejected their claims that MSPs had exceeded their powers, breaching human rights rules and data protection laws. The appeal has formally been lodged at the Court of Session just weeks after judge Lord Pentland turned down their…
A police force has apologised to alleged victims after "uncovering problems with the effectiveness" of 30 child abuse investigations. Most of the cases relate to the work of the child abuse investigation team covering the north of Essex. All the investigations have been referred to the Independent Police Complaints Commission.…