‘Look to extended family before care system’

Before putting children in care, we should look to the extended family

With proper financial and practical help, relatives can provide a secure base for a child, says Cathy Ashley.
Narey, chief executive of Barnardo’s, accepts that “indisputably, in the past, we have had too many children in care” (Our duty of care, 12 March). He praises the reduction in numbers since 1981: “Such a transformation … should be seen as a triumph.”

But he then says “I fear we have gone too far”, implying that we are now taking too few children into care.
Read more on this story in Society Guardian

Convicted paedophile raped 12-year-old boy at former crime scene

A convicted paedophile raped a boy of 12 in the same spot as he had struck 16 years earlier.
Craig Bennett, 45, was on the Sex Offenders register after raping a boy in a field in 1993.
Read more on this story in The Daily Mail


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