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Archive | July, 2011

Sex abuse allegations against Catholic church on the rise

Pope Benedict XVI’s visit to the UK last year sparked an increase in reports of sexual abuse allegations, according to the National Catholic Safeguarding Commission, a body set up to improve the church’s response to abuse claims.In 2010, abuse allegations rose from just 20 a year to 63, the body said.The commission said the three-fold [...]

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Adoptions still dropping

Adoption orders by date of court order, England and Wales According to the Office of National Statistics adoption figures are still on the downward trend with 2010 showing a 4% drop. This is of course no real surprise but provides the government with further evidence as to why they need an adoption “tsar” in the [...]

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SCRs- transparency in an opaque glass

Ofsted’s quarterly list of serious case review ratings is out today. For the uninitiated it is simply a list of the serious case review reports which Ofsted has rated. A bit academic now that we know this is going to cease in the future at some stage following Munro’s child protection review. It used to be newsworthy because of [...]

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Have you seen Oranges and Sunshine yet?

  A social worker appearing in a heroic light….that never happens! Might be worth buying Oranges and Sunshine (now out on DVD) so you can watch it over and again on those days when all the world and it’s dog wants to kick the profession. See the trailer and an interview with director Jim Loach (above) and read the [...]

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Cuts could be an opportunity for better youth justice policies

By Rod Morgan (former Youth Justice Board chair)There is huge uncertainty and gloom among youth justice workers at present. The axing of the Youth Justice Board (YJB) and significant budget cuts are combining with a bleak outlook for young people as the number of unemployed 16-24 year olds approaches one million.But I would argue that [...]

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Munro ideas beginning to flower in Cornwall

Ok, so the headline is just an excuse to use this rather pretty picture of Cornwall but it is true that Cornwall seems to be streaking ahead on reforming its children’s services workforce along the lines envisaged by Professor Eileen Munro in her review of child protection services in England. The council has announced four [...]

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Where do all the young offenders go?

What should a young offender institution look like? This is the question being asked of young people and other stakeholders, including social workers and local authorities, today as the Youth Justice Board launches a public consultation on the topic. Methinks this has come about because there’s been a fall of the number of young people in custody [...]

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Kirklees: Sonia Bellfield child death case

A serious case review has begun, looking into how a mother suffering from paranoid schizophrenia was able to smother her two-year-old daughter to death, despite authorities being aware of her condition, reports have said. Leeds Crown Court heard yesterday that on the two days before the killing, professionals visited Sonia Bellfield’s home because of concerns [...]

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Birmingham children’s services to launch remodelled system

The long-troubled children’s services department in Birmingham is going to be remodelled, with every part of the directorate — including commissioning, performance, education, safeguarding and development — being done over, the council has said.The council is holding an event on 26 July to explain the changes (in the Council House from 5.30pm on, if you’re [...]

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Baby P doctor fights to get his job back

A GP suspended for failing to spot that Baby P was suffering horrific abuse at home has apologised for the failing, but said it would be a “completely different ball game” if he was faced with the same situation today.Dr Jerome Ikwueke was suspended from the medical register last July by the General Medical Council [...]

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