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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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UK - ‘Countless barriers and no one who feels valued’: What MP learnt from shadowing social workers

on Sun, 07/07/2013 - 07:47
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UK -  ‘Countless barriers and no one who feels valued’: What MP learnt from shadowing social workers

Lisa Nandy MP has spent the last year shadowing frontline social workers. Here she tells Community Care what she saw, and why she believes the ‘fundamental’ role of the social worker is being undermined.

Social work is in crisis. That’s the verdict of a damning report published recently which surveyed 3,000 social workers.

It reveals a common picture of social workers struggling with intolerable workloads, lack of supervision and, as a result, unqualified staff used to assess children and families in need being turned away as thresholds are revised upwards to cope with overwhelming demand.

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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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Foster parents threaten to leave family services centre

on Wed, 06/05/2013 - 21:10
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OTTAWA — Foster parents are threatening to leave Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville

Relationship with new administration, changes in compensation spark pushback

OTTAWA — Foster parents are threatening to leave Family and Children’s Services of Lanark, Leeds and Grenville because the agency is bringing in changes they say will make it impossible to give the children the care they need.

“People are talking about a mass exodus,” says Gena Morrow, a foster parent with the agency, which looks after about 120 foster children in Brockville, Kemptville and Gananoque.

Along with her husband, Tony, Morrow is spearheading a pushback against the changes to compensation which she says

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More State Interference In Families Will Not Protect Children

on Mon, 05/27/2013 - 09:57
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More State Interference In Families Will Not Protect Children

Now it's a social worker for every child - in Scotland

More state interference in families will not protect children

For anyone familiar with how our “child protection” system too often works in practice, rather loud alarm bells might be rung by a Bill currently going through the Scottish Parliament that takes the state’s intervention in family life to a startling new level. Under the Children and Young People (Scotland) Bill, every child from birth will be given a “named person”, charged with keeping an eye on that child’s interests until it reaches adulthood.

For anyone familiar with how

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Child Protection in Tasmania - The Anecdotal Vacuum

on Mon, 05/20/2013 - 19:34
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Child Protection in Tasmania - The Anecdotal Vacuum

Andrea Sturges is no better than your run of the mill high ranking child stealer.

I witnessed first hand desparate parents begging her for help, only to be blatantly insulted and turned away. I witnessed their children clinging to them during loving hugs. The children beg child protection to return them to their parents who have never abused them.

What does Ms Sturges have to say to this heartbroken family???

I am satisfied at the forefront of my officer's minds was the safety and wellbeing of the children. Anecdotal evidence reported by my officers confirms.... (all of their lies).

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Senator Pushing Major Overhaul Of Maine's Guardian Ad Litem System

on Fri, 05/10/2013 - 13:19
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Senator Pushing Major Overhaul Of Maine's Guardian Ad Litem System

Senator Pushing Major Overhaul Of Maine's Guardian Ad Litem System

Before David Dutremble got divorced in 2005 and fought for shared custody of his children, he had never heard of a guardian ad litem.

Now, in his first term as a state senator, Dutremble is leading an effort to reform what he considers a broken system, in which judges assign specially registered lawyers or mental health workers to step into the most contentious cases, such as divorces, to represent the children.

Dutremble, a Democrat from Biddeford, has filed a bill to make sweeping changes to Maine's guardian ad litem

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Social worker suspended after revealing concerns about her manager's handling of a case

on Thu, 05/09/2013 - 20:16
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Social worker suspended after revealing concerns about her manager's handling of a case

Social worker suspended after revealing concerns about her manager's handling of a case

Doreen Ermin breached professional boundaries by telling a service user about remarks her line manager had made about the woman's case and showing her confidential notes on a report, the regulator found.

A social worker who made inappropriate comments about her line manager and gave a file containing confidential notes to a service user has been suspended from the register for a year.

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My Wonderings

on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 13:53
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My Wonderings

I was never cause of any real trouble in my life. I prided myself in being a follower of the law and still do.

I did not choose a career but am trained and educated. I gave birth to my firstborn child while I was 36. A grown able woman.I found after the baby came that all was not going to be well as we experienced forms of violence against us via the paternal father. There was response from R.C.M.P. and I was advised to seek sole custody as the father had a long criminal record and ended up with supervised visits.

Later in years to come after the father giving up on supervised visits and

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Toni Walkington Community and Public Sector Union Civil Service Association

on Wed, 05/08/2013 - 09:43
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Quit call by youth workers in West Australia's juvenile justice system

WA's crisis-ridden juvenile justice system is about to worsen with a quarter of the state's at-risk youth intervention workers threatening to quit.

Sources said morale among prevention and diversion officers was at an all-time low as a result of being unable to do their jobs because they were being used as makeshift parole officers instead.

And they claim this will lead to more young people coming into contact with the courts, placing further pressure on the system.

"The situation is really at breaking point," one

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