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
    maladministration.

    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
    her.

    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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