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Judge Stephen McEwen terms child service officials control freaks

on Sun, 02/10/2013 - 13:46
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Judge Stephen McEwen terms child service officials control freaks

Youth Court judge Stephen McEwen has hit out at procrastinating bureaucrats Source: adelaidenow

THE protection of troubled children has been hijacked by obstructive control freaks who rely on psychological advice instead of obvious solutions, a judge says.

Senior Youth Court judge Stephen McEwen has levelled scathing criticism against the Department for Education and Child Development - formerly known as Families SA.

In a transcript obtained by the Sunday Mail, he said the department was paralysed by its reliance on a team of highly paid psychologists.

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10 key arguments from the consultation on children’s social work outsourcing

on Thu, 06/12/2014 - 19:30
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10 key arguments from the consultation on children’s social work outsourcing

The government's recent paper on delegating children's services has generated heated debate – we pull out some important points

The government’s contentious consultation over delegating children’s social work functions to third parties has been variously described as the thin end of a sinister wedge that will empower large private firms to run child protection, and an important progression designed to improve and localise services via social enterprise involvement.

Amid the heated discussions that have been taking place over the past six weeks, we’ve pulled out 10 key arguments.

1. The

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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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DAVE FAGON, disgraced "night shift groper" wins probation.

on Sat, 02/01/2014 - 07:20
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 DAVE FAGON, disgraced "night shift groper" wins probation.

File this "probation" of the infamous 40-year old Dave Fagon, Children's Aid group home worker in Sudbury Ontario under "WTF"

This guy gets not even a slap on the wrist, it's more like a feather. He must be having a pretty good laugh.

OK, he was fired, and presumably to longer a social worker with CAS (he is now a "restaurant" worker), there is this very strange four year lapse by CAS in reporting the incident to police as a criminal matter.

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The success of a newly qualified social worker’s first year relies on the retention of experienced staff to work with them

on Fri, 01/31/2014 - 14:14
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The success of a newly qualified social worker’s first year relies on the retention of experienced staff to work with them

Employers must be careful to maintain the right balance between newly qualified and experienced employees, says social worker Nikki Burton

Support for newly qualified social workers (NQSWs) in England has significantly improve over the last two years, thanks largely to work by the Social Work Task Force and The College of Social Work, and the development of the assessed and supported year in employment (ASYE). This has seen an increase in NQSW employment, particularly in the public sector, where ASYE programmes are more easily accessed.

For some local authorities, this can mean a higher

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How it feels when a child on your social work team’s caseload dies

on Sun, 12/08/2013 - 04:32
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How it feels when a child on your social work team’s caseload dies

For all Munro’s attempts to erase the social work blame culture, we’re still a profession dominated by it, writes an anonymous social worker

Note: I haven't even read this yet, but I can see where it is going... "Blame Culture." You stole the child, you degraded the parent and blatantly called them a failure as a parent, the greatest insult anyone could unleash upon a loving parent possible. You personally drag the child from his home to the house of some stranger, where you turn your back on him leaving him there alone and confused.

You are not there to watch over them or to check on them,

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'It is my head on the block': Why I'm giving up independent social work in the courts

on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 20:31
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'It is my head on the block': Why I'm giving up independent social work in the courts

Note: The independant social workers can be held accountable for their actions while underqualified government endorsed baby stealers can get away with murder. All of these "experts" pat themselves and each other on the back and tell everyone how good they are but....

Do expert witnesses harm family courts cases?

This isn't just a gripe about pay, it's the offensiveness of how social work is devalued, writes one anonymous independent social worker

I'm giving up working as an independent social work expert witness in the family courts.

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Scotland - Social workers under fire over unborn baby row

on Fri, 07/26/2013 - 18:55
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Scotland - Social workers under fire over unborn baby row

SOCIAL workers on the Western Isles have been accused of bullying and making decisions without proper evidence during attempts to take an unborn baby into care after the mother gives birth.

A representative for the family involved in the case is demanding an investigation and has taken his complaint to the Scottish Government.

David Harris says he wants a probe into unsubstantiated claims by a senior social worker that the mother was spotted drinking.

He believes the member of staff is too close to a relative of the mother who wants the child taken into care.

His complaints also include

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The law is being used to separate families, and children are being placed with adopters before any reasonable attempts have been made at reunification

on Thu, 06/06/2013 - 18:16
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the law is being used to separate families, and children are being placed with adopters before any reasonable attempts have been made at reunification

Torn from their mothers' arms What are social workers for? Charles Pragnell considers some disturbing cases

Is social work out of control? This question has again been raised this week with reports of a series of events in Lancashire in which social workers are alleged to have acted intrusively and wrongly towards mothers and children.

Now, more than 60 families have formed an action group,Mothers In Action, each with a story to tell of overt interference by social workers which has often resulted in the parents being separated from their children for long periods.

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