Local Government Ombudsman: New Child Protection Complaints

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The Local Government And Social Care Ombudsman (LGSCO) has just released the latest complaints filed with the monitoring body, which oversees councils, adult social care providers and other organisations which provide local public services. Of the 31 new child protection and education cases published, 19 involve child protection matters.

Several cases raise concerns about councils’  handling of safeguarding procedures and failure to protect children from harm, unjust adoption placements, and unprofessional conduct by social workers. Interestingly, once complaint asks the LGSCO to look at harm caused by foster carers in the 70s. The LGSCO will not investigate claims which are more than 12 months old, though it does have discretion to disapply the late complaint rule if they consider the case meets the threshold. Their Guidance Note tells us the how the LGSCO assesses these kinds of complaints:

“The reasons for exercising discretion to investigate (or not) must be noted on…

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via Social Worker Justifies Breaking The Law Inside The Child Protection System

I don’t believe all these mistakes are mistakes at all (some maybe) It’s obviously being done purposely and it’s pure criminal! Now when will all these wronged parents and their families be getting their child/ren back? and their ‘alleged’ forced adopted child/ren? We need a full investigation, written apologies (including public) and lots more besides.The family’s affected need compensating at the very least, although the cruel damage is already done (yet they continue…. :O) Shame on them!!

SS (Stealing Services) and we always knew it!!

After all, this post suggests we have criminals amongst us stealing the children at best!! 😦 x

Social Worker Justifies Breaking The Law Inside The Child Protection System

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Social Worker Justifies Breaking The Law Inside The Child Protection System

I don’t believe all these mistakes are mistakes at all (some maybe) It’s obviously being done purposely and it’s pure criminal! Now when will all these wronged parents and their families be getting their child/ren back? and their ‘alleged’ forced adopted child/ren? We need a full investigation, written apologies (including public) and lots more besides.The family’s affected need compensating at the very least, although the cruel damage is already done (yet they continue…. :O) Shame on them!!

SS (Stealing Services) and we always knew it!!

After all, this post suggests we have criminals amongst us stealing the children at best!! 😦 x

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A social worker who has chosen to remain anonymous, has told online social work magazine Community Care that child protection professionals break the law in order to do what’s best for children inside the family justice system.

The piece comes after a family court ruling highlighted the widespread misuse of Section 20 arrangements were being used to keep children detained in state care, illegally and for lengthy periods. Social workers were also failing to obtain court orders to implement these arrangements.

Section 20 arrangements are voluntary agreements which give parents the option of placing their children in state care, where the parents need respite or are unable to look after their children for short periods. Children can leave the accommodation provided for them at any time, and without notice. Parents can also remove their children from the accommodation without requiring local authority consent to do so.

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Education Committee: Foster Care Is All About The Money.

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A new report published by the The Education Committee, confirms that an alarming number of foster placements are made for financial reasons rather than the best interests of children in care.

Crucially, the report recommends increasing levels of funding for the sector, but offers no evidence that this will improve services and support for children, and does not properly address poor management processes or lack of best practice which are arguably more important than extra funding.

The report also makes other suggestions, which include ways in which to address issues facing foster carers. It also offers solutions to help make the fostering sector more responsive to young people’s needs and stresses the importance of early intervention to help keep families together wherever possible.

Key Recommendations For Children:

  • Allowing children who wish to remain with their foster carers up to the age of 18, to do so under the Staying Put

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