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A foster carer is launching a claim over her employment rights in what could be a landmark legal case. Sarah Anderson, who is used by Hampshire County Council, argues that she is a worker and entitled to rights including holiday pay. The Independent Workers' Union of Great Britain (IWGB) will…
A family court judge has decided not to name a council she criticised over its handling of a case involving a baby girl now placed for adoption. Recorder Carly Henley said the little girl, who will soon be 12 months old, had gone into temporary council foster care a day…
A woman with a "very significant learning disability" has lost the latest round of a fight over the care of her two children. Two Court of Appeal judges have backed a family court judge's decision and concluded that the youngsters, a boy aged 11 and a seven-year-old girl, should go…
Two men who were fostered by the same British couple are being questioned by police investigating the Parsons Green bombing, it has been claimed. An 18-year-old, understood to be suspected of planting the device on a tube train, and a 21-year-old were both arrested under the Terrorism Act following Friday's…
More than eight in 10 adults are unlikely to become foster carers, a charity said, warning of a fostering crisis. Over 85% of UK adults surveyed on behalf of Action for Children showed little or no interest in fostering, the charity found. Some 4,262 adults in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland…
Family court judges have a crisis on their hands because council social services bosses are making more applications for children to be taken from the care of parents, the most senior judge in England and Wales has suggested. Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice (pictured), said last year saw a…
Council social workers may not be able to find carers who are an "ethnic match" for five children taken from home in the wake of concern about their parents' drug abuse, a family court judge has said. But social services bosses at Derbyshire County Council have told Judge Clifford Bellamy…
Six children have been taken from the care of a couple whose "fundamental" disagreements over parenting led to "turbulence and worse" in their home. A family court judge said the woman had a "more relaxed" parenting style but the man was "firmer". Judge Ross Duggan said the woman talked about…
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