As council tax is set to rise in almost every borough across England, local authorities are offering financial incentives to employees who refer friends for adult and children’s social care roles.
Rotherham Council is offering £500 to employees who refer children’s social workers to the council, with the referer getting £250 if the person they put forward is successfully recruited, and a further £250 if the person performs satisfactorily over a six month period.
Offering twice as much as Rotherham, Surrey County Council pledges to give referring employees £1,000 – £500 for the appointment and the remaining £500 if the referee remains in the council’s employment for three months. Interestingly, the lump sums are not tax free. On its page, Surrey County Council refers to the positions as “hard-to-recruit” posts.
It’s an abominable waste of money. Financial incentives have been used for years in the fostering sector, and have…
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Southwark Crown Court has heard a case in which a paedophile has claimed that millions of pounds could be made raping children on camera for ‘top political people.’
The hearing took place this month, though no English mainstream media outlets appeared to have covered the trial, which concluded on 13th February, 2018. Only Court News UK, Breitbart and The Scotsman, have commented.
Gihan Muthukumarana, who has been charged with facilitating sexual activity with a child and three counts of possessing indecent images of children, told an undercover police officer that the film could be sold for as much as £10 million if the girls were then killed and their bodies were disposed of, which he suggested should be done using vats of acid.
Muthukumarana was reported to police after he told an escort about his plans, in a bid to secure her involvement with the making of the…
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A review of the state of foster care in England has just been published. Whilst the report tries very hard to paint a rosy picture of the fostering sector, the data remains virtually unchanged since experts began analysing the way children fare inside the system. The recommendations look mostly at financial issues for foster carers, their status and the suggestion that Independent Reviewing Officers may be dispensable, in a bid to place more funds on the front line.
It’s really all about the money, with a nod here and there to the traumatised and vulnerable children who seem to be cheated out of just about everything.
That the core data about the fostering sector remains almost completely unchanged, or shows no signs of significant improvement in outcomes for children, makes the rhetoric inside the report largely irrelevant. Much of the report’s contents have been noted in previous reports and research…
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