Wigan fostering services under fire

Wigan Council has paid £12,000 in compensation and changed its
fostering and adoption system after being found guilty of

An investigation uncovered a “catalogue of failures” that
contributed to the breakdown of a couple’s attempt to foster their
great niece from 2001 to 2002 with a view to eventually adopting

The local government ombudsman identified an absence of policy
guidance for staff and inconsistency in management of the case as
well as a failure to provide proper training and support for social
work staff.

Director of Wigan social services, Bernard Walker, said changes had
been made.

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