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Archive | March, 2011

Family justice review saves Cafcass but recommends big change

A new Family Justice Service in England and Wales, led by a national Family Justice Board, should be established to tackle “shocking” delays and inefficiency, an independent review has recommended. The family justice review – commissioned by the Ministry of Justice, the Department for Education and the Welsh Assembly Government – today published its interim [...]

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Future of Cafcass to be decided tomorrow…

Tomorrow morning, the family justice review panel will publish an interim report into the state of family justice in England and Wales – the half-way point in its efforts to reform the system. It follows years of complaints from journalists, ministers, judges, lawyers, guardians, social workers and parents that the system has gone hopelessly awry. All will be looking to the review for signs [...]

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Crawley man’s number mistakenly given as social services’

Vulnerable children’s details are being left on a Crawley man’s answering machine after social services mistakenly printed his number as their own on letters and emails to the public, a local paper has discovered.Andy Robinson said he’s being called every day by people under the impression he is a member of West Sussex County Council’s [...]

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Last chance to fill in our survey on child abuse and the cuts

Just to let you all know that we are closing this survey on Monday 4 April so if you have concerns or fears about what’s happening on child protection thresholds as a result of cuts in your area do take the survey and let us know. All responses are completely anonymous but the more people [...]

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Care Home Kid review

So, who watched the first installment of Care Home Kid last night? It was pretty powerful stuff, mostly because it was a side of actor Neil Morrissey I’d never seen before. We’re so used to thinking of him is as the irrepressible Tony from Men Behaving Badly that seeing him as an older man, confronting [...]

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Shoesmith’s appeal begins today

Sharon Shoesmith, former director of children’s services at Haringey, begins her appeal against the dismissal of her application for a judicial review today. A press release from her lawyers states they intend to argue their original claim that both Ofsted and the Secretary of State at the time (Ed Balls) acted unlawfully. They will also claim that while [...]

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Bids invited to roll-out Welsh Integrated Family Support Service

Gwenda Thomas, Welsh Deputy Minister for Social Services, has invited consortia of local authorities and local health boards to bid for £1.1m to initiate the second phase of the Integrated Family Support Service (IFSS) in Wales.Designed to provide support for families affected by substance misuse who have complex needs., the Service is delivered by multi-disciplinary, [...]

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Derby defends gay fostering decision

Derby City Council has defended its handling of the Christian gay fostering row.Tune into Radio 4′s The Report Programme at 8pm tonight to hear an interview with the council’s director of specialist services.

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Early intervention strides made in autism through play

More targeted intervention for toddlers showing signs of autism is now possible, according to a report published in the Journal of Child Psychology and Psychiatry this week.By presenting toddlers with different types of play techniques, experts have been able to determine where the children lie on the autism spectrum sooner than with traditional techniques, and [...]

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Feral child from 18th century diagnosed with autism

Quite a nice story in the Guardian this morning about Peter the Wild Boy, a feral child found abandoned in a German forest and kept as a pet at the courts of George I and II.Art historians teamed up with genetics experts (now that’s an action film I’d like to see) to study the 1720s [...]

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