Game changer

In the (rather long) round-up this week: Final fostering inquiry session ahead of election; Children’s Commissioner publishes first Children in Care stability index; Association of Directors of Children’s Services president lambasted over fostering comments; independent reviewing officers role clarified; Resilience film screening; Adoption orders down Election pushes fostering inquiry report back to autumn The sudden…

Judgement calls

16 March 2017: News Round-up THE CHILD protection system, in particular the use and impact of non-consensual adoption, came under the spotlight in a wild-ranging speech from Appeal Court Judge Andrew McFarlane to the Family Justice Council last week. Focussing on the balance between child protection and the right to family life the Judge put his…

Stories of shock and despair

5 January 2017: News round-up A FILM produced for Leicestershire Police to highlight the dangers of online grooming has been criticised for showing depictions of rape and violence to children who might already have experienced sexual abuse or exploitation. The film entitled “Kayleigh’s love story” narrates the grooming, rape and murder of 15 year old Kayleigh Harwood in…