Top Child Welfare Bodies – Government’s Social Care Guide Riddled With Serious Errors

Social work bodies, child welfare charities, child rights focused law firms and criminal justice organisations who signed the letter, are concerned that the guide is inconsistent with the law relating to the care system and that it exposes more councils to judicial review cases.

The organisations involved have highlighted seven questions thrown up by the guide, which they say have been incorrectly answered by the government:

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An open letter to Children and Families Under Secretary Nadhim Zahawi published on 4th September, and signed by 50 leading child welfare and social work organisations in the UK, urges the government to withdraw several statements it has made in a guide on the care system.

The letter was posted on child rights charity, Article 39’s website and has been sent to Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, Isabelle Trowler; National Director for Social Care, Ofsted, Yvette Stanley and HM Chief Inspector of Probation, Dame Glenys Stacey.

The guide, which was published on the government’s Children’s Social Care Innovation Programme microsite, in June, features several interpretations and recommendations on current statutory guidance with a view to improving good practice and outcomes for families and children, which the government says have been checked by lawyers and policy makers.

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