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Child Case Worker Struck Off Social Work Register


February 9, 2013
A Shropshire social worker accused of a string of failures to conduct or complete assessments and to keep accurate records has voluntarily struck himself off his professional register.

As a result disciplinary proceedings against William Goodwillie, who worked for Telford & Wrekin Council, have been dropped by the Health & Care Professions Council (HCPC).

The withdrawn allegations claimed he was guilty of misconduct and by reason of ‘misconduct and/or lack of competence’ his fitness to practise was impaired.

It was alleged he had failed to conduct an initial assessment on a two-year-old child who had a repeated pattern of head injuries.

In its decision to withdraw allegations the HCPC says it has acted ‘on the basis Mr Goodwillie wishes to be removed from the HCPC Register voluntarily’.

An HCPC spokesman said: “Mr Goodwillie has admitted the allegation in full and has undertaken not to practise as a social worker.”

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Child Case Worker Struck Off Register For Misconduct


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A discussion of the High Court decision in Re S v D &E 2013, in which the High Court determined that a man who had donated sperm which led to the birth of a child could make an application under the Children Act 1989, although leave would be required.   The case involved two separate families where the issues were similar (although of course the precise facts were different, and were bundled up together)  – which becomes very important later on.

 

 As promised, LO !

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The issue really arises as a result of the provisions within the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008, to the effect that in this setting, where a man provides gametes in order to bring about a pregnancy, but that the biological mother of the child is in a civil partnership, the two women will be legal parents of the child…

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Social Services’ Stamp feet over Subjective Storyline


Local Authority complain of the “unfair portrayal” of Staff in BBC’s Eastenders, as the soap depicts a Social Worker heartlessly snatching a baby from the arms of targeted teen mum – who was left helpless and emotionally crippled, while powerless in preventing her daughter from becoming the latest victim to our Draconian system. Continue reading

Don’t Fuck Up Your Children


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Lord Justice Wall to Retire December 2012

In one of the sternest judicial warnings to warring parents I have come across, Lord Justice Wall (left) quoted from Philip Larkin in the case of R (A Child), Re [2009] EWCA Civ 358 yesterday. The case involved a highly acrimonious residence application, part of a dispute between the parents that had been on-going since they separated in 2003. Judge Everall QC at Luton County Court had found that it was no longer possible for the parents and the child to work together, and so made a residence order in favour of the paternal grandparents. The mother’s appeal against that order was granted but Lord Justice Wall in the Court of Appeal gave a warning to the parents of the serious harm that their actions were causing to their child. “I hope this case has given the mother a fright. I hope it has also given the father a fright.” He said. “They have come within a whisker of losing their child.” In a postscript to his judgment he then quoted from Larkin’s poem This Be The Verse:

They fuck you up, your mum and dad.

They may not mean to, but they do.

They fill you with the faults they had

And add some extra, just for you.

These four lines” he said “seem to me to give a clear warning to parents who, post separation, continue to fight the battles of the past, and show each other no respect.”

Let us hope that more parents heed the warning.

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ADOPTIONS (from care) Rise by 12%


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Children adopted from care numbers rise by 12% in the last year

BAAF calls for focus on increasing the number of placements from care

Latest figures released by the Department for Education show that there were 67,050 looked after children at 31 March 2012, an increase of 2 per cent compared to 31 March 2011 and an increase of 13 per cent compared to 31 March 2008.

There were 28,220 children who started to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2012.

This represents an increase of 3 per cent from the previous year’s figure of 27,500 and an increase of 21 per cent from 2008. There were 27,350 children who ceased to be looked after during the year ending 31 March 2012. This is a small increase of 1 per cent from 2011 and an increase of 12 per cent from 2008.

There were 3,450 looked after children adopted during the year ending 31 March 2012. This was the highest figure since 2007 and an increase of 12 per cent from the 2011 figure.

Of children looked after at 31 March 2012, 50,260 were cared for in a foster placement. This represents 75 per cent of all children looked after at 31 March 2012.

The statistical release can be read here.

Edward Timpson, Minister for Children and Families, said:

“The rise in the number of adoptions and adoption placement orders is extremely welcome, but it still takes too long for those who want to adopt and foster to be approved. The time it takes for a child in care to be adopted can be a significant period in that child’s life.

“I know from my own family that parents who adopt and foster bring stability to young lives. That is why we are overhauling adoption, but I know that our reforms will take time to make a full impact.

“So we are looking at measures to encourage councils to make use of adopters in other parts of the country. We will shorten the approval process and fast track those who are already foster carers.

“Taken together I hope these reforms will, over time, encourage more people to come forward and volunteer to adopt children. I want more young children to have a settled start in life with a loving family.

“That way, they can make a profound and lasting impact on young lives.”

The British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) is pleased to see that the number of children adopted from care in the year April 2011-Mar 2012 increased by 12%.

BAAF says that the headline statistic of 3,450 children adopted from care measures the number of children who were the subject of an Adoption Order by a court during the year in question. Typically the court will make an Order some 9 months after a child first goes to live with their new adoptive family. As such the statistic measures the very end of the adoption process and is not the best indicator of current adoption practice.

To get a better sense of what is happening in adoption, BAAF believes that there is a need to focus on the statistic of the number of children placed for adoption during the year. That statistic shows a very slight decrease in the numbers of children placed for adoption during the year from 2,710 in 2010/11 to 2,680 in 2011/12. From experience BAAF thinks this means that the significant increase seen in numbers adopted will be sustained next year but is unlikely to increase further.

BAAF says:

“Our focus now has to be on increasing the number of children placed for adoption. We know that currently there are at least 2,000 children in foster care with a plan for adoption who are not in an adoptive placement. This is in large part because of a chronic shortage of adopters for particular groups of children e.g. children in sibling groups, older children, children with disabilities, etc. If we could find adopters for those children who are waiting we would see further substantial increases in adoption over the next few years and this could only increase the impact of the Government’s welcome adoption reform programme.

“The latest statistics provide an encouraging base on which to build. To make further progress, we need to see a concerted whole system focus on increasing adopter recruitment, speeding up court processes, improving the adopter assessment process and ensuring adoption support. We know that adoption works and we owe it to every child who has a plan for adoption to realise that plan for them without delay. BAAF looks forward to continuing to do everything it can to help the Government’s adoption reform programme to succeed.”

BAAF also notes the very significant year on year increase in the numbers of children who were the subject of Special Guardianship Orders – a 20% increase in a single year. This figure does need to be seen in the context of the increase in adoptions and shows that the number of children achieving permanence through these different routes increased substantially year on year.

Aussie Gov Apologises for Forced Adoptions


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NSW govt to apologise over forced adoption
by: By Lema Samandar From: AAP August 21, 2012 4:27PM
NSW Premier Barry O’Farrell says an official apology to victims of forced adoption won’t change the past but it might ease the pain of mothers whose babies were taken.

An estimated 150,000 Australian babies born between the 1950s and 70s were taken from their mostly young and single mothers.

Mr O’Farrell told parliament it was hard to imagine the grief and trauma of the mothers.

“An apology for the women, the children, the fathers and the families of NSW, who were adversely affected by the practice of forced adoption, has been a long time coming,” he said during question time on Tuesday.

“It is time to face the past and reflect on those unlawful and unethical actions.

“It’s time to try and ease the pain of those affected.

“We can’t change what happened but we can recognise it did occur.”

The apology will be delivered during a joint sitting of NSW Parliament in September.

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Labor has offered its bipartisan support for the apology.

“This is a significant step for the women and children who, in many cases, were put through unimaginable and lifelong trauma,” opposition leader John Robertson said in a statement.

Christine Cole, the convenor of Apology Alliance Australia, which represents survivors of forced adoption, said her baby was taken from her because she was unmarried.

“It left me scarred for the rest of my life,” she told ABC Radio.

A federal Senate report, released in February, recommended that Australian governments formally apologise to mothers and children who were victims of past forced adoption practices.

South Australian Premier Jay Weatherill issued a parliamentary apology in July while his Victorian counterpart Ted Baillieu earlier this month flagged an apology for past injustices.

The Western Australian government has already apologised and the Commonwealth is planning a similar parliamentary motion.

A NSW parliamentary inquiry into forced adoptions was held in 1998.

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 UNITED KINGDOM –  Guidance on interviewing victims and witnesses, and guidance on using special measures

Achieving Best Evidence was originally drafted and published in January 2002  witnesses, including children, reaches the highest possiblestandards. 

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1. Introduction 3

Status 3

Scope 3

Vulnerable and Intimidated Witnesses (eligible for Special Measures) 4

Vulnerable Witnesses 4

Intimidated Witnesses 5

Special Measures 6

Significant Witnesses (not eligible for Special Measures) 8

Training 9

2. Planning and preparation 10

The Importance of Planning 10

Initial Contact with Victims and Witnesses 10

CompetenceCompellability and Availability forCross-Examination: the Legal Position 11

Planning Information 13

Overview 13

Child Witnesses 14

Definition 14

Preliminaries 14

The Context of the Allegation: the Intersection of the Child Protection and Criminal Justice Systems 14

Consent 17

Informing the Child’s Carers 19

Medical Examinations 20

Psychiatric/Psychological Assessment Interviews 21

Information about Child Witnesses 21

Previous Interventions 23

Race, Gender, Culture and Ethnic Background 24

Other Life Experiences 25

Assessment Prior to the Interview 27

Vulnerable Adults 28

Definition 28

Preliminaries 29

Recognising Vulnerable Adult Witnesses 29

Support for Vulnerable Adult Witnesses 30

Consent 34

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The Child Protection System in England.

This is a time of major reform in child protection, early intervention, the social care workforce, the health service, the Police and the family justice system, as set out principally in the Munro Review of Child Protection, the Allen Review, the Health and Social Care Bill, the Police Reform and Social Responsibility Act, the programme of the Social Work Reform Board and the ongoing Family Justice Review.

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