Waiting games

This week on the news round-up: Vulnerability of care leavers on benefits highlighted; Oxfordshire MPs lobby over school delays for children in care; 140,000 children falling off social care support radar; family court “protocol” ditched; East Midlands counts cost of refugee care Benefits system leaves care leavers more vulnerable report finds A report from the…

Virtual reality

9 March 2017 News Round-up SOCIAL WORKERS should use social media to try to contact a parent ahead of court proceedings, according to a judge who abandoned a final adoption order hearing after it emerged that the mother had not been informed it was taking place because the local authority had failed to track her…

Looking behind the data

8 November 2016: News Round-up IT WAS the National children and adult services conference last week and the Guardian’s Louise Tickle picked up on a joint study that highlighted the lack of data around the economic and social situation of families that come to the attention of social services. According to a recent National Audit…

More care needed: missing migrants and kids in cells

2 August 2016 MIGRANT CHILDREN arriving in the EU unaccompanied are being systematically let down by host nations a House of Lords Committee has concluded in its detailed report Children in Crisis: unaccompanied migrant children in the EU. As a result, they are left vulnerable to exploitation by traffickers and people smugglers, condemned to squalid…

Advocates, babies and asylum seekers

7 June 2016 MORE THAN half of children in care don’t know they are entitled to an advocate to provide them with an independent voice and support, according to a new report from the Children’s Commissioner.  While 90% of local authorities provide advocacy, the budget varied widely between £668 and just £2 a head, the report said.…