News round-up: Birmingham children’s services failure; Outsource child protection

Birmingham children’s servives declared ‘unfit for purpose’

An internal council report highlighted a series of grave failings, a year after Khyra Ishaq’s death.

But no one in the department, headed by Tony Howell, has been disciplined.

Read more in The Telegraph

Failing councils should outsource child protection, say Tories

Failing councils may be forced to outsource their child protection services, the Conservatives said today.

Under Tory proposals to improve child protection, social workers will be able to establish social work practices similar to GPs’ surgeries, and failing local authorities may be obliged to contract out all or part of their children’s social care provision.

Read more in The Guardian

Timeline of social services failures: from Victoria Climbie to Baby P

Victoria Climbie – died Feb 2000
Eight-year-old girl starves to death after prolonged abuse at hands of guardians in London. Social workers, police and NHS had failed to raise alarm.

Read more in The Telegrpah

Assisted suicide guidelines: family can still face prosecution

Family members involved in “mercy killings” will still face criminal charges despite the publication today of new guidelines to clarify the rules on assisted suicide.

After one of the most widespread public consultations ever carried out, the director of public prosecutions, Keir Starmer QC, has created six mitigating factors against an individual being prosecuted for assisting the suicide of another.

Read more in The Guardian

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