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A family court judge has refused to approve social workers' plans to separate five children whose parents have a history of drug abuse and can no longer care for them. Judge Clifford Bellamy said he wanted a child psychologist to assess the effect of separation on the children. He said…
A free child care policy may be extended to include foster families, Education Secretary Justine Greening has revealed. Under the current policy three and four-year-olds in families where all parents work are entitled to 30 hours free care, but children in foster care are not included. At education questions Ms…
Three sisters are taking legal action against a council over claims they were abused by their foster parents for nearly two decades. The siblings say they were "beaten and abused" by John and Alma Cassidy during the 1990s and 2000s. According to the Daily Record physical attacks are said to…
The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has been commissioned by Welsh Government to undertake a large scale evaluation of outcomes for looked after children including: A comparison of intended and actual placement outcomes for all children who came into care over a one year period A…
A young boy taken from his parents' care because social workers had sex abuse fears was moved from a foster home after a complaint about him being "roughly handled" by a new carer, a family court judge has heard. The youngster, now six, spent about 18 months at the foster…
The birth family of Elsie Scully-Hicks have said she would "still be alive today" if she had not been removed from their care by social services. Matthew Scully-Hicks, 31, was jailed for life and ordered to serve a minimum of 18 years in prison for murdering Elsie just two weeks…
Increasing numbers of gay men and lesbians in Britain are adopting children or becoming foster carers. Latest figures show that there are now more than 20,000 children living in same-sex couple families. Enabled by legislation passed in 2002, this trend is contributing to the emergence of new conceptions of family…
A group that aims to improve children's experiences of the family court system has produced a child's guide to legal language. The Family Justice Young People's Board says children embroiled in family court disputes can have difficulty understanding some words and phrases. Members have created a glossary of terms to…
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