Child Care Articles

 

 

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Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment asks providers to register to accept Tax-Free Childcare customers (14 November 2016)

 

The government has published advice for childcare providers regarding Tax-Free Childcare.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePeterborough Council appoints charity to run fostering and adoption services (10 October 2016)

 

Peterborough Council has agreed to appoint a charitable organisation to run the council’s new Permanency Service, which includes the current fostering and adoption service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWelsh government launches Healthy Child Wales programme (28 September 2016)

 

The Welsh government has announced the launch of a universal child health programme.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWirral Council invests £2m in children’s services to meet Ofsted recommendations (26 September 2016)

 

Wirral Council has announced a £2 million investment in children’s services to tackle issues identified in the latest Ofsted inspection.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePeterborough Council considers appointing TACT to run fostering and adoption services (12 September 2016)

 

Councillors in Peterborough are to discuss a recommendation to appoint a charitable organisation to operate the council’s new fostering and adoption service.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareRotherham to consider family-based placements rather than children’s homes for children in care (5 September 2016)

 

Rotherham City Council has announced that children in care are to benefit from family-based placements as the preferred option, as the council seeks to make Rotherham a child-centred borough.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWest Midlands campaign to encourage young people to watch for signs of CSE among friends (15 August 2016)

 

Coventry City Council is encouraging young people to keep an eye on their friends and look out for signs of grooming and sexual exploitation, as part of a West Midlands digital media campaign.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNottingham City Council launches August roadshow to advise parents of services (1 August 2016)

 

Nottingham City Council is using the summer school holidays to raise awareness among families of free services available to them.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment announces more funding to help victims of child sexual abuse (27 July 2016)

 

The government has announced more funding to enable victims of sexual abuse to receive additional support.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareTrafford Council supports national report child abuse campaign (25 July 2016)

 

Trafford Council is supporting a national anti-child abuse campaign, in conjunction with the Trafford Safeguarding Children Board.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBrighton and Hove praised for SEND services (25 July 2016)

 

Ofsted and the Care Quality Commission (CQC) have praised services delivered by Brighton & Hove City Council and the local NHS for their “unwavering focus” on the overall needs of children and young people who have a special educational need or disability (SEND).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePortsmouth City Council to build on success of scheme to help care leavers prepare for independent living (18 July 2016)

 

Portsmouth City Council says it will build on the success of a new scheme to help to raise the expectations and aspirations of and outcomes for young people leaving care.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareHounslow Council hosts event to raise awareness of risks of FGM in summer months (18 July 2016)

 

Hounslow Council in Greater London and leading anti-FGM charity FORWARD have joined forces at a special free event in the fight against FGM, which was held on Saturday (16/07/16).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBirmingham City Council launches CSE campaign to highlight risks for boys and young men (18 July 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has launched a campaign to tackle the grooming and sexual exploitation of boys and young men.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGreater Manchester launches plan to help all under-fives become “school ready” (11 July 2016)

 

The Greater Manchester Health and Social Care Strategic Partnership has launched a plan to provide every child in Greater Manchester with the best start in life to enable them to fulfil their potential.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareHartlepool Council childcare service rated “outstanding” by Ofsted (6 July 2016)

 

A childcare service run by Hartlepool Council has been rated outstanding by Ofsted, following a visit by inspectors in April 2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment calls for evidence in review of sharia law in Britain (5 July 2016)

 

The Home Office is calling for those with experience of sharia law to take part in an independent review examining whether the religious code is being misused within Britain.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareEducation Secretary sets out plans to reform children’s services (5 July 2016)

 

The Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan has set out her vision for children’s social care and social work, saying that social services are the backstop of society, offering early help to families in need and intervening where things go wrong.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFCO and charity highlight heightened summer risk of international parent-child abduction (4 July 2016)

 

The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) and UK charity Reunite International are raising awareness of the impact of child abduction, which occurs more frequently during the summer when children may spend time with their non-resident parent.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWelsh government listens to parents over free childcare programme (4 July 2016)

 

Welsh Assembly Communities and Children’s Secretary Carl Sargeant has visited the Family Centre in Barry, South Wales, to see the benefits of the Welsh Government’s Flying Start programme.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareEffective leadership crucial to improving children’s services, says Ofsted (29 June 2016)

 

Ofsted’s third Social Care Annual Report published on Tuesday (28/06/16) has said that there are still too many inadequate children’s services departments across the country.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFrontline to train more children’s social workers in Birmingham (27 June 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has announced that its partnership with Frontline will see the expansion of the Frontline programme in the West Midlands to recruit and develop children’s social workers.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment urges new fathers to consider taking shared parental leave and pay (22 June 2016)

 

The Department for Business Innovation and Skills is encouraging eligible fathers to take their share of up to 39 weeks of pay and 52 weeks of parental leave with their child’s mother in the first year of their baby’s life.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWest Berkshire Council launches campaign to highlight Adult Safeguarding (16 June 2016)

 

West Berkshire Council is launching a new campaign to raise awareness of Adult Safeguarding, which will be rolled out over the next few months.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNew legislation will speed up adoption (19 May 2016)

 

The Queen’s Speech has announced that a bill will be introduced to ensure that children can be adopted by new families without delay – as well as improving the standard of social work and opportunities for young people in care in England.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareSefton Council named SEN and Disability Champion 2015/16 (9 May 2016)

 

Sefton Council on Merseyside has been recognised for its support of young people with additional needs.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNorthamptonshire children’s services “no longer rated inadequate” (6 May 2016)

 

Northamptonshire County Council has announced that, following a recent Ofsted inspection, children’s services in Northamptonshire have “improved across all areas” and are no longer rated inadequate.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCambridgeshire meets adoption targets for looked after children (5 May 2016)

 

Cambridgeshire has announced that it is among just four local authorities to have met government timescales in placing children for adoption.
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Duncan Lewis:Child Care£5,400 penalty for operating vehicle-breaking site without a permit (3 May 2016)

 

The Environment Agency has prosecuted the operator of a waste facility, who ran an end-of-life vehicle treatment facility without the necessary environmental permit.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCornwall Council takes “grow your own” approach to recruiting children’s services professionals (25 April 2016)

 

Cornwall Council says it has developed an innovative approach to the recruitment of more children’s services staff, involving training local people as social workers.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCouncil supports DfE campaign to prevent child abuse (18 April 2016)

 

Surrey County Council is supporting the national Together We Can Tackle Child Abuse campaign – which urges members of the public to report any concerns about a child’s welfare, so that support can be given to all children and families who need it.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareParents on Universal Credit given more childcare support when they move into work (12 April 2016)

 

The Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) has announced that parents on Universal Credit will now be able to claim back 85% of their childcare costs when they move into work – an increase from 70%.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care£200m package to transform children’s services through innovation (6 April 2016)

 

The Department for Education (DfE) and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan MP have announced a £200 million package to transform services for the most vulnerable children and young people.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareDfE launches consultation on 30-hours of free childcare policy (5 April 2016)

 

The Department for Education (DfE) has launched a consultation on the government’s 30-hour free childcare offer.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care“Significant improvement” in Children’s Services in Cardiff, says report (4 April 2016)

 

The Care and Social Services Inspectorate Wales (CSSIW) has found significant improvement in Children’s Services in Cardiff since its last inspection in 2014.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareStaffordshire County Council launches campaign to warn teenagers of risks of grooming at parties (31 March 2016)

 

Staffordshire County Council is warning teenagers across Staffordshire and Stoke-on-Trent about the risks of being invited to parties where they could be sexually exploited or groomed.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNottingham children’s homes all rated “good” or “outstanding” (30 March 2016)

 

Nottingham City Council has announced that all children’s homes in the city have been rated “good” or “outstanding” by Ofsted.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareSheffield’s baby friendly children centres praised by Unicef and WHO (29 March 2016)

 

Sheffield has been fully accredited with the prestigious Unicef (United Nations Children’s Fund) Baby Friendly Initiative for Children’s Centres, after breastfeeding rates in Sheffield were found to be one of the highest in England and the highest in Yorkshire.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWePROTECT anti-child sexual exploitation alliance meets for the first time (29 March 2016)

 

The Home Secretary Theresa May and Baroness Shields have hosted the first meeting of the WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Online Child Sexual Exploitation Advisory Board.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment announces new blueprint for adoption (29 March 2016)

 

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has announced a new blueprint for adoption, which will see more children placed in stable homes, by ensuring adoption is always pursued where it is in a child’s best interest.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGateshead children’s services rated good by Ofsted (21 March 2016)

 

An inspection of Gateshead Council’s Children and Families services has given the rating of “good” to children’s services in Gateshead in a recent report.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareLondon Mayor praises Westminster Council initiative to tackle FGM as “ground-breaking” (21 March 2016)

 

The Mayor of London Boris Johnson has hailed an innovative approach to tackling Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) – based on a model devised by Westminster City Council in 2014 – as a “ground-breaking initiative”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNew website encourages public to report suspicions about CSE (18 March 2016)

 

A new website encouraging people to recognise if a child might be at risk of abuse or is being subjected to abuse has revealed stories about victims of child sexual exploitation (CSE) across the country.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareRoyal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead marks CSE Awareness Day on 18 March (18 March 2016)

 

The Royal Borough of Windsor and Maidenhead is marking national CSE Awareness Day on Friday 18 March with a pop-up shop in Maidenhead from 9am-5pm.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareLondon Assembly calls for government to expand childcare provision in London (15 March 2016)

 

The London Assembly Economy Committee has written to the Secretary of State for Education, Nicky Morgan, about expanding childcare provision in London.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareKingston Council urges public to report suspicions of child abuse (14 March 2016)

 

Kingston Council and Achieving for Children (AfC) are urging residents of the borough to report any suspicions they might have about child abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWelsh Government launches national action plan to tackle child sexual exploitation (8 March 2016)

 

The Welsh Government has launched the All-Wales National Action Plan to Tackle Child Sexual Exploitation – a comprehensive framework through which safeguarding partners “will demonstrate co-ordinated and cross-agency action to prevent and protect children from abuse and sexual exploitation”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareEssex parents prosecuted for non-attendance (7 March 2016)

 

Thurrock Council in Essex has prosecuted six parents who failed to ensure their children attended school regularly.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareChairman of Alzheimer’s Trust takes over as UK’s Dementia Envoy (7 March 2016)

 

The government has announced the appointment of a new Dementia Envoy to drive forward improvements in the care of those with dementia.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWelsh Government launches helpline for survivors of child abuse and domestic violence (29 February 2016)

 

The Welsh Government is promoting a free helpline for survivors of domestic abuse, in a campaign to encourage people who have suffered sexual abuse to seek the help they need.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCouncillors in West Sussex sign charter to oppose FGM (29 February 2016)

 

Councillors in West Sussex have voted unanimously to unite to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment announces NSPCC child protection whistleblowing helpline for employees in children’s services (22 February 2016)

 

The Home Office minister for Preventing Abuse, Exploitation and Crime, Karen Bradley, has officially launched a new whistleblowing helpline for employees wishing to speak out about child protection failures.
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Duncan Lewis:Child CareOxfordshire County Council announces plans to streamline children’s services to protect the most vulnerable (19 February 2016)

 

Oxfordshire County Council is proposing to create a brand new £12 million service for children aged up to 19 years old and their families, in a bid to improve children’s services for the most vulnerable families.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBournemouth, Poole and Dorset councils merge adoption services (18 February 2016)

 

Bournemouth’s Council’s Cabinet has agreed plans to merge adoption services in Bournemouth, Dorset and Poole along with those provided by a local voluntary adoption agency, Families for Children.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareShropshire Council holds special meeting for looked after children to question council (15 February 2016)

 

Shropshire Council is holding a special meeting on Tuesday 16 February to enable children and young adults discuss children’s services.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWiltshire Council launched DadPad website to help new fathers (15 February 2016)

 

Wiltshire Council has developed a new online information resource to help new fathers bond with their babies and support their partners.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment launches FGM prevention week of action (9 February 2016)

 

Public health minister Jane Ellison has launched an FGM prevention week of action from 8-12 February, to help prevent the practice of Female Genital Mutilation.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareEmployment Minister visits Newham school, after council is chosen to roll out free child care extension (8 February 2016)

 

Newham Council in east London is one of eight councils across England which will receive a share of £13 million, to pilot the government’s extension of free childcare for three- and four-year-olds later in 2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareLiverpool City Region launches commission to address child poverty (5 February 2016)

 

The Liverpool City Region Child Poverty and Life Chances Commission has launched a new strategy setting out how it will address child poverty issues over the next three years.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment’s free childcare scheme given £13m boost (3 February 2016)

 

Childcare Minister Sam Gyimah has announced £13 million in funding to enable local councils to deliver 30 hours of free childcare to parents of three- and four-year-olds one year ahead of schedule.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBuckinghamshire County Council votes in new measures to tackle child sexual exploitation (1 February 2016)

 

Buckinghamshire County Council has agreed a raft of new measures to tackle child sexual exploitation (CSE).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareHartlepool Council calls special meeting with NHS trust over axing of fertility services (25 January 2016)

 

The North Tees and Hartlepool NHS Foundation Trust has been called to a special meeting in Hartlepool on 5 February, to explain why the trust is ceasing to provide key fertility services in the town.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCambridgeshire responds to council’s selection for DfE Partners in Practice Innovation Programme (25 January 2016)

 

Cambridgeshire County Council has responded to the announcement that it has been selected as a pilot authority in the Department For Education’s (DfE) Partners in Practice Innovation Programme, saying that the news re-affirms the council’s position as one of the best-performing authorities for children’s services in the country.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareEaling Council and police seize more than 47,000 counterfeit goods in one raid (25 January 2016)

 

Ealing Council in west London has seized thousands of potentially dangerous and counterfeit items – including hoverboards, toys and cosmetics – in a joint operation with the police.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareOfsted asks service users and providers for feedback on children’s care services (20 January 2016)

 

Ofsted has launched point-in-time questionnaires for social care services, to enable users to give their views on children’s homes, fostering services, adoption agencies, adoption support agencies or residential family centres up to 3 April 2016.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareChange in law to ensure courts and councils pursue adoption when in a child’s best interest (20 January 2016)

 

Education Secretary Nicky Morgan has confirmed that a change in the law will mean courts and councils will always pursue adoption when it is considered in a child’s interest.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWolverhampton campaigns to recruit more foster families (19 January 2016)

 

The City of Wolverhampton is launching a campaign to attract more foster carers, featuring a new Fostering for Wolverhampton bus as part of a road show which will tour different parts of the city between 25 January and 29 January.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment set to transform children’s social work to improve standards (19 January 2016)

 

Secretary of State for Education Nicky Morgan MP has unveiled plans to transform children^s social work, including discussing plans for a new social work body to improve standards in the profession.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCornwall Council children’s home rated “outstanding” by Ofsted (18 January 2016)

 

A report by Ofsted inspectors has praised the standard of care given by staff at Cornwall’s Council’s Pathways children’s home, calling the children’s home “outstanding”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFunding for relationship support doubled to £70m (13 January 2016)

 

The Prime Minister has pledged for support for families, including the doubling of government funding for relationship support to £70 million.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePriory Group awarded Birmingham contract to run children’s homes (11 January 2016)

 

Birmingham City Council has announced that young people in Birmingham have helped decide who will run their children’s homes, after the council awarded a contract to Priory Group, a leading provider of behavioural care in the UK.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCalls for public involvement in consultation on Wolverhampton council’s child care proposals (11 January 2016)

 

The City of Wolverhampton Council is calling for comments on a consultation on children’s services due to end on 15 February.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWales cuts family court completion times by half (24 December 2015)

 

Completion times for care proceedings in the family court in Wales have been cut by more than half, with nearly 77% of cases completed within a new 26-week time limit, according to a new report.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareLondon council offers fast-track service to recruit more foster carers (21 December 2015)

 

Havering Council is calling on more foster carers to come forward, as the number of teenagers in need of fostering continues to rise.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareTeenagers take the lead in tackling FGM with new website (18 December 2015)

 

The government has announced the launch of a youth led website run by teenagers, to help educate other young adults about female genital mutilation (FGM) and steps they can take to prevent the practice.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment overhauls children’s services (17 December 2015)

 

Landmark reforms to children’s services will mean failing services in local authorities will be taken over by high-performing authorities, teams of experts and charities.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNew study findings show one in four women will return to the family court to have child taken into care (15 December 2015)

 

Researchers from Lancaster University, Brunel University London and the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust have updated the findings of a 2014 study that confirmed a “hidden population” of mothers caught up in a cycle of family court proceedings, with one child after another being removed from their mother’s care.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareOfsted annual child care survey gives a voice to children living in foster care or children’s homes (25 November 2015)

 

Ofsted has for the first time highlighted the findings of its annual survey of children living in children’s homes and foster care.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNew chair of Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board (16 November 2015)

 

Rotherham Local Safeguarding Children Board (LSCB) has appointed a new chair from November.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePause Southwark launched as part of national pilot to prevent repeat removals of children from families (16 November 2015)

 

Pause Southwark has been launched as part of the national Pause programme, working with women who have experienced or are at risk of repeat removals of children from their care.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePeterborough Council set to improve children’s services and training (11 November 2015)

 

Peterborough City Council is proposing the development of a new service, which would secure permanent long-term placements as quickly as possible for a range of young people who are looked after. . Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBarnet Council asks parents and carers to respond to Childcare Sufficiency Assessment in the borough (9 November 2015)

 

Barnet Council is giving parents, parents-to-be and carers until 4 December to tell the council whether existing childcare is accessible, affordable – and is meeting people’s needs in the borough.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCouncil adoption services to be “streamlined” into regional bodies to speed up adoption (5 November 2015)

 

David Cameron has announced that child adoption services are to be streamlined, with council adoption services being merged into regional organisations.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWolverhampton Council launches new project to support care leavers (2 November 2015)

 

A new project has been launched in Wolverhampton to improve the transition process for young adults leaving care.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care“Root and branch” review of children in care announced (29 October 2015)

 

The Prime Minister and Education Secretary Nicky Morgan have announced a “root and branch review” of children’s residential care, to help put an end to a life of disadvantage for some of the most vulnerable children in care.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareSister of murdered baby and boyfriend jailed for 25 years (28 October 2015)

 

The sister of a baby aged 14 months and her boyfriend have been jailed for a total of 25 years, after being convicted for their part in the baby’s murder.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBromley Council hosts event for prospective adopters to launch National Adoption Week (19 October 2015)

 

Bromley Council’s Adoption Service is holding an information event today (19/10/15) to celebrate National Adoption Week from 19-25 October.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBlackpool Council launches campaign in support of National Adoption Week (19 October 2015)

 

Blackpool Council is supporting National Adoption Week (October 19 – October 25), encouraging people to think differently about adoption.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment announces £5m counter-extremism initiative (19 October 2015)

 

The government is to fund a £5 million initiative to build a national coalition against extremism in communities and online.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFather jailed for nine years for manslaughter of baby son (12 October 2015)

 

Oxford Crown Court has jailed the father of an 11-week-old baby boy, who died after sustaining serious head injuries and multiple injuries to his body while in the care of his father.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCouncil urges parents to take up government’s free childcare places (8 October 2015)

 

Kent County Council is reminding local parents to claim 15 hours a week of free childcare and education for 38 weeks a year for children aged two who are eligible – as well as all three- and four-year-olds.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBarnardo’s calls fall in adoption placement orders “deeply concerning” (5 October 2015)

 

Barnardo’s children’s charity has said it is deeply concerned about a 24% fall in the number of children being put forward for adoption.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWest Midlands “has made significant progress” in protecting young people from child sexual exploitation (5 October 2015)

 

Whitehall Director General Stephen Rimmer has said he is confident that children in the West Midlands are safer now than they were when he moved to the region two years ago, on secondment from the Home Office.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePsychological control by parents may affect children’s later wellbeing and mental health (29 September 2015)

 

Researchers at University College London (UCL) have found that children brought up in families with less controlling parents lead happier lives.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareChildren in special support schools require more dental care (28 September 2015)

 

A new survey by Public Health England (PHE) has found that children in special schools are slightly less likely to have severe tooth decay compared with children educated in mainstream schools – but are more likely to have teeth extracted.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareSuspended sentence for mother who abandoned newborn (23 September 2015)

 

A woman who abandoned her newborn baby at the front door of a block of flats in County Durham has been given a suspended sentence at Peterlee Magistrates’ Court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFamily judge blasts IVF clinic errors which call into question parentage of children (14 September 2015)

 

President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has recommended that consent forms issued by fertility clinics to prospective parents using a sperm donor should be double-checked before treatment starts, to prevent issues of compliance, consent and parentage arising after a child is born.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNorfolk County Council debates early intervention for children’s services to save money (14 September 2015)

 

Norfolk County Council’s Children’s Services Committee is to meet on Tuesday (15/09/15), to discuss how services for vulnerable children and families can be improved – as well as measures to reduce the high cost of intervention and help plug the council’s funding gap.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBritish man denied parental responsibility for child born as a result of US surrogacy (9 September 2015)

 

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has ruled that a British father who paid an American surrogate mother to deliver a child for him cannot be awarded sole parental responsibility for his child in the British courts.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWest Midlands cabbies join fight against child sexual exploitation (7 September 2015)

 

Taxi drivers in the West Midlands have joined the fight against child sexual exploitation (CSE), as part of the regional See Me, Hear Me campaign.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGovernment to review school allocations, to ease pressure on parents (1 September 2015)

 

The government’s Schools Minister Nick Gibb is proposing changes in schools allocation, which would mean siblings would be given places at the same school to prevent parents having to make more than one journey on the school run.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareInvestigation finds councils taking children into care over parents’ gaming, smoking habits and dental health neglect (25 August 2015)

 

An investigation by The Sun has found that children are being taken into care over fears they may become addicted to playing computer games.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareChanges to fostering rules a “spectacular success”, as more children remain with foster parents after age of 18 (24 August 2015)

 

Children and Families Minister Edward Timpson has hailed a new government scheme under which local councils are required to support children who stay with their foster parents beyond the age of 18 as “a spectacular success”.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareChild rapist recalled to prison after new girlfriend contacts police about his past (19 August 2015)

 

A man convicted of child sex offences has been jailed after being released from prison and going on to commit a further offence under the Sexual Harm Prevention Order (SHPO).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFour-year prison sentence for mother who branded “Smiley face” on baby daughter’s cheek with cigarette lighter (18 August 2015)

 

A mother who “branded” her baby’s face with a “Smiley face” using a cigarette lighter has been jailed for child cruelty at Leicester Crown Court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFather fights three-year battle for daughter he was told had been aborted (10 August 2015)

 

A court has jailed a mother and her gay friend, after she duped the father of the child she had given birth to into believing she had aborted their daughter. The mother had gone on to have the baby – but had given her daughter to a gay friend.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCaution for Manchester mother who left her children “home alone” without food or heating to go on winter holiday (10 August 2015)

 

A mother who left her two young children alone at home without food, gas or heating has been spared court action and has been given a caution.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePolice investigate London case involving FGM carried out on baby (3 August 2015)

 

Police in London are investigating the case of a baby from a British family of Malaysian origin, who was allegedly taken overseas for FGM when just a few months old.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareMaking FGM reporting a statutory duty would offer professionals “clarity” says Home Office (23 July 2015)

 

The Home Office has marked the one-year anniversary of London’s Girls’ Summit on Wednesday (22/07/15), by saying that more needs to be done to protect girls from abuse.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareGrandparents fight council decision to put their three-year-old granddaughter up for adoption (22 July 2015)

 

A three-year-old girl will allegedly be put up for adoption by social workers in Shoeburyness, six months after her grandparents started caring for her because her mother was hospitalised suffering from depression.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCuts to early intervention funding “will damage young lives” (13 July 2015)

 

Early help by local authorities has been a casualty of government spending cuts, according to children charities the Children^s Society and National Children^s Bureau (NCB).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBritish mother stranded in Spain after hospital “seizes” newborn baby for DNA test (6 July 2015)

 

A mother whose newborn baby was seized by a Spanish hospital has alleged they seized her child because of her race.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareUN report says scrapping Human Rights Act may deny children justice in the courts (1 July 2015)

 

A new report from the four children’s commissioners for the United Nations (UN) has warned that welfare cuts and the repeal of the Human Rights Act will potentially deny Britain’s children justice in the courts.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFather jailed after 14-year-old daughter reports forced marriage to police (30 June 2015)

 

Manchester Crown Court has jailed a father who married off his 14-year-old daughter to a man she did not know and who went on to sexually abuse her.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care“National strategy” needed to help public report child neglect concerns (29 June 2015)

 

Research by Action for Children has revealed that nearly one-third of adults living in Cambridgeshire have concerns over the safety of a child in their neighbourhood.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareParents claim medics placed secret “do not resuscitate” note on son’s records without telling them (22 June 2015)

 

An 18-year-old boy at the centre of a right-to-die court case was allowed to die by doctors who allegedly placed a “do not resuscitate” in case of heart attack note on his medical records without advising his parents.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareProtection order granted in case of three-year-old at risk of FGM (17 June 2015)

 

A three-year-old girl from South Yorkshire assessed as being at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) has been made a ward of court.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareMum and son missing after family court awards custody to father (10 June 2015)

 

A 35-year-old woman from Somerset and her three-year-old son have gone missing after a judge in the Family Division ruled that the boy should live with his father.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFormer Home Secretary refused to ban paedophile group PIE (8 June 2015)

 

It has been reported that former Home Secretary Leon Brittan – who held the position under Margaret Thatcher’s Conservative government – refused to ban the paedophile support group Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) while he was in office.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care“Adoptable” toddler removed from parents, after social services allege they smoked cigarettes around him (8 June 2015)

 

A couple whose two-year-old son was taken away by social services and will be put up for adoption because they were smokers has spoken out about an alleged “pack of lies” child protection workers told to remove their blond, blue-eyed “adoptable” baby son.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareTranssexual man loses legal battle for contact with former partner’s autistic daughter (5 June 2015)

 

A transsexual man has gone to court for the right to have contact with a nine-year-old girl – the daughter of his former partner, who is a lesbian.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareQueen’s Speech expected to include new proposals to speed up adoption (26 May 2015)

 

This week’s Queen’s Speech is expected to include proposals to help speed up adoption, by encouraging councils to work more closely together to place children in new families.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareLiverpool social services return baby boy to Slovakia for adoption (22 May 2015)

 

Social services in Liverpool have returned a six-month-old baby boy back to his mother’s native country of Slovakia, after she decided that she could not raise him.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareManchester University and council launch project to tackle “persistent prejudice” towards Roma families (20 May 2015)

 

Manchester Town Hall and the University of Manchester are collaborating on a project to tackle discrimination towards the Roma community among social services and schools.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareAppeal Court upholds dying mother’s wish for daughter to be raised by close friends rather than child’s father (28 April 2015)

 

The Court of Appeal has granted a dying mother’s last wish by ruling that her daughter can live with close family friends rather than the child’s biological father.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareSurrogate mother not allowed to bring up own daughter, court rules (20 April 2015)

 

A court has ruled that a surrogate mother must give up the baby she conceived for another couple for adoption, after a judge decided that allowing the mother to keep her baby would traumatise her other daughter too much.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareBreakthrough in SIDS diagnosis (9 April 2015)

 

A US doctor believes he may have found the cause of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS), whereby babies suddenly stop breathing and frequently die without apparent reason.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCuts to Legal Aid “have harmed children’s rights” (7 April 2015)

 

A new report by the Joint Committee on Human Rights has said that government reforms to Legal Aid have had a “significant effect” on children’s rights.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNurse convicted of assault after smacking daughter in public (7 April 2015)

 

A mother has been convicted of assault on a child in a position of trust, after she slapped her “hysterical” daughter at a One Direction concert last June.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePetition against Norfolk County Council’s child care cuts reaches 1,000 signatures (16 March 2015)

 

A petition opposing cuts to child minding services by Norfolk County Council has been signed by 1,000 people, local publisher EDP24 reports.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareReport calls on government to secure future of state nurseries (12 March 2015)

 

A new report into state nurseries is warning that local authority budget cuts are making local state nurseries vulnerable to closure.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareFather allowed to adopt son his own mother carried after IVF (4 March 2015)

 

A father whose own mother gave birth to his biological son has won the right to apply to adopt him, despite the fact the baby is also his brother.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareSubsidised childcare scheme sends private nursery costs rocketing, with teachers and nurses “outpriced” (19 February 2015)

 

A government scheme which enables low-income families access to 15 hours of free childcare a week has had a negative impact on other families accessing affordable childcare because of a shortage in nursery places.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CarePresident of Family Division slams council for removing baby over young father’s links to EDL (18 February 2015)

 

The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby has criticised Darlington Borough Council for removing a newborn from his father because of the father’s links to the English Defence League (EDL).. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareMother receives supervision order after pleading guilty to child neglect (10 February 2015)

 

A court in Blackburn has heard how police officers found a three-year-old child alone with a half-empty vodka bottle while the child’s mother slept upstairs with a man who had climbed up the drainpipe of the family’s home.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareMother pleads for help with getting her kidnapped daughter back from Libya (2 February 2015)

 

A mother whose baby daughter was abducted by her estranged husband and taken to live in Libya has written to the Prime Minister and the British Embassy in Libya begging for help in getting her child returned to the UK.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care£2.9bn in unpaid child support “may be uncollectable” (28 January 2015)

 

Figures collated by the Department for Work and Pensions (DWP) show that there is £3.9 billion-worth of uncollected child maintenance payments outstanding, most of which may never be collected by the Child Support Agency.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareLondon, West Midlands and Greater Manchester “top hotspots” for child abduction (27 January 2015)

 

New figures from the charity Parents and Abducted Children Together (PACT) have revealed that in just one year, Greater Manchester Police have dealt with 66 cases of child abduction.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child Care£230,000 average cost of raising just one child from birth to 21 (22 January 2015)

 

New figures from the Centre for Economics and Business Research for LV= Liverpool Victoria insurance have shown that the cost of raising a child in Britain from birth to the age of 21 has soared to nearly £230,000 for the first time.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareWest Yorkshire Police criticised for child protection failings (19 January 2015)

 

West Yorkshire Police have been criticised over failings in child protection services.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareNSPCC says lenient sentence for child sex offence teacher shows gap in law (19 January 2015)

 

Child protection groups are calling for a change in sentencing review rules, after a 44-year-old married teacher received an 18-month suspended sentence for breaching a position of trust when he had a sexual relationship with a 16-year-old pupil.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareMayor’s office launches London initiative to tackle FGM through targeting fathers (8 January 2015)

 

Fathers with daughters at risk of female genital mutilation (FGM) are being targeted in London under a new scheme to prevent cases of FGM in the capital.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareRise in popularity of “co-parent” websites for “platonic parents” (5 January 2015)

 

An investigation by The Times has revealed that thousands of would-be parents are using websites to find a platonic partner with whom to have a child without any binding legal agreement between couples.. Read more...

Duncan Lewis:Child CareCourt of Protection under fire after 72-year-old grandmother is jailed for hugging granddaughter (5 January 2015)

 

A grandmother who was jailed under Court of Protection rules for hugging her granddaughter has celebrated her release from prison over the New Year.. Read more...