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Archive | September, 2010

Grandparents are kinship carers at risk to their health and well-being

Grandparents providing kinship care do so at “considerable cost”to their health and relationships, according to a study published today.Just over half (55%) of those providing full-time kinshipcare said their physical health had worsened, the study commissioned by TheGrandparents’ Association said, while 70% said their sleep patterns haddeteriorated. Forty per cent said their mental health had [...]

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Social worker describes Baby P’s mother as “lovely”, a friendly father gets away with abuse…

…Are parents more manipulative than ever?A senior social worker said Tracey Connelly, who was charged with causing the death of her son Peter (known as Baby P), was “lovely”.At the Haringey employment tribunal yesterday, Sue Gilmore said she was surprised when the extent of Connelly’s abuse was revealed and that she had even assured Connelly [...]

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Coventry to pay £100,000 for trying to put three children into care

Coventry council has been ordered to pay £100,000 towards parents’ court costs after trying to put three of their children in care, according to this yarn on the BBC.Saying the council had “fallen below accepted standards”, Judge Clifford Bellamy ruled the council was wrong to accuse the parents of abuse and should pay their court [...]

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South Wales authorities failed to protect sexual abuse victims, says joint SCR

A serious case review published jointly by Neath Port Talbot, Caerphilly and Pembrokeshire councils says practitioners failed four children who were victims of sexual and physical abuse, as well as neglect, over a number of years.The review says: “There were gaps in communication across agencies, a lack of urgency, and procedures were not consistently applied [...]

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Baby P employment tribunal: “Children in Haringey were not safe”

Claire Kober, leader of Haringey Council, told an employment tribunal brought by two social workers involved in the Baby P case that the council was not fit for purpose when she took control over two years after the death of the child, according to reports.Kober said: “I cannot overestimate the extent to which things were [...]

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Liberal Democrats hear recommendations from young people

Children’s minister Sarah Teather – out in force at the Liberal Democrats’ annual party conference here in Liverpool – heard some of the pithiest recommendations today from one of the country’s youngest child poverty experts. Although thirteen year old Martin’s trainers barely touched the floor as he addressed a room full of delegates during a round table [...]

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Baby P clinic doctor is suing the NHS

A doctor who made a complaint about the clinic where Baby P was seen days before his death is suing the NHS for forcing her out of her job, according to reports.Kim Holt is seeking £100,000 from Great Ormond Street Hospital, her employer.Holt was signed off, due to stress, months after filing her complaint in [...]

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Involving fathers leads to less family break-down

While decline in relationship satisfaction is common among new parents, a paper by the Fatherhood Institute highlights a growing body of evidence showing new fathers’ involvement in infant care is strongly correlated with relationship satisfaction. Therefore, involving fathers with their children and considering them in the creation and provision of family services leads to less [...]

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British teens among worst for forgetting contraception due to drink

One in four sexually active British teenagers does not use contraception, according to a report, with 19% blaming drink for their negligence.The report, put together by the International Planned Parenthood Federation and Marie Stopes International, said only Norway, where 29 per cent do not use contraception, had a worse record. The UK also ranks high [...]

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Lib Dem conference 2010: Autism: Cocktails and conversations

Could autism be in danger of slipping off the agenda under plans for GP consortia? This was just one of the concerns expressed at a networking session organised by The National Autistic Society at the Lib Dem 2010 conference here in Liverpool.  One psychiatrist was worried that autism won’t be a core issue for GP [...]

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