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Separation from a sibling goes against principles of social work

on Sat, 03/29/2014 - 03:01
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Separation from a sibling goes against principles of social work

 Sir Martin Narey is advising the Education Secretary on children's social care, Denise Robertson wonders if the advice he's giving is the best

 
Many brothers and sisters are split up when it comes to adoption
Sir Martin Narey, the former head of the prison service and the charity Barnardo’s, advises the Education Secretary Michael Gove on children’s social care.

Some of Sir Martin’s pronouncements chill me, for example his assertion that siblings should be split up for adoption because ‘there are too few adopters willing to take brothers and sisters together’.

Separation from a sibling goes

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Children and Families Bill becomes law after receiving royal assent

on Thu, 03/20/2014 - 11:05
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Children and Families Bill becomes law after receiving royal assent

Note: The following is the spin put out by the government to gloss over the fact that it will now be even easier for Social Services in the UK to steal children, and sell them off on the internet on adoption websites. Hundreds of parents have already been jailed for speaking out about this obvious violation of human rights.

Children's directors welcome 'significantly improved' Act, but warn more work is needed to ensure it supports workers on the frontline

Children in care, prospective adopters and young carers can look forward to greater government support after the Children and Families

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Outsourced social care management - Will there be even less accountabiltiy

on Wed, 08/14/2013 - 10:29
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Outsourced social care management - Will there be even less accountabiltiy

Will Doncaster's children be safer under outsourced social care management?

Judy Cooper looks at the implications of the government’s ‘radical’ decision to strip Doncaster council of its children’s services responsibilities

When the government announced last month that Doncaster’s children’s services were to be outsourced to an independent trust, nobody in the sector was particularly surprised.

In fact, the move was widely predicted as soon as Professor Julian Le Grand – a health economist who favours more competition among public services – was asked to head up a review on possible ways forward

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'Drunk' social worker admonished by GSCC

on Wed, 07/18/2012 - 12:28
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A social worker who attended court hearings smelling of alcohol has been formally admonished for misconduct.

Fiona Crawford was found to have worked as a children's guardian for Cafcass in Peterborough between 2005 and 2007 while under the influence of drink.

On one occasion in August 2007 Crawford arrived late at court and was described as "not making sense and making odd comments", according to statements read to a General Social Care Council conduct committee.

One witness said that although she had not noticed a smell of alcohol on Crawford in a morning session at court in April 2007,