High profile child welfare professionals in Britain have called on Education Minister Gavin Williamson, to launch a government review into the children’s care system in England and Wales.
The review would be the widest in scope that England and Wales have ever seen, and would allow for an investigation into the use of forced, or non-consensual adoption, which is currently only used by a small number of countries around the world.
The inquiry also hopes to emphasise the voices of children and families who have experienced the care system.
The call comes after the Conservatives promised to review the care system in its election manifesto this year.
The letter, which was authored by John Radoux, a child psychotherapeutic counsellor, has already been signed by 60 people, including the CEO of Children England Kathy Evans, Article 39’s Director Carolyn Willow, the Chair of Nagalro Sukhchandan P Kaur, and Brigid Featherstone, and asks the government to ensure that the review meets six targets:
- Creating a fully independent review, commissioned by central government but separate from the state;
- Ensuring the review is non-partisan and looks at long-term reforms supported by every party, now and in the future;
- Implementing broad frames of reference which are able to consider all aspects of children’s social care;
- Resourcing the review properly, with as much time as is needed to gather evidence and draw up reports with recommendations;
- Engaging as many voices as possible, with an emphasis on input from people who have been in care or are currently experiencing care and;
- Meeting the UK’s obligations under the Convention on the Rights of the Child and existing research and good practice.
The letter outlines the current problems inside children’s social care, acknowledges past reviews, as well as arguing for the need to investigate the challenges in a more comprehensive way, and asks the government to help reform the system so that it works in the best interests of the children it is meant to support.
Here is an extract from the letter:
“The signatories of this letter are individuals with personal or professional experience of children’s social care – some of us have both. We are writing because we fully support the need for such a review, and want to urge you to be ambitious regarding its scope. As ambitious as we should be for every child in care today, and long into the future.
When the state decides to look after a child, because he or she cannot live with family, it takes on an exceptional responsibility for that child in the most formative years of life. Unfortunately, we have been failing in this responsibility with too many children for too long. Significant concerns that have been highlighted through research, the courts and in the media over recent months, include:
Insufficient, and geographically incoherent, capacity in foster care and children’s homes to meet the needs of increasing numbers of children; rising numbers of children being moved too far from their local areas; children and young people living in unregulated homes; rising care bills contributing to ubiquitous council ‘overspends’ alongside concerns about profit-extraction by private equity companies; insufficient specialist therapeutic care (including secure provision) for very traumatised and/or vulnerable children; disproportionate numbers of children in care and care leavers in custody; children being moved chaotically to different foster and children’s homes multiple times – too often in double digits. These problems, and there are many more in children’s social care, have been known to most of us for years – indeed, experienced as a painful reality by some of us as children.
The unpalatable truth is this: many thousands of children are being harmed by a system intended to protect, nurture and care for them. Harmed by inadequate or inconsistent care, harmed by the lack of stable, ongoing relationships as they are moved around the care system and into adulthood, harmed by the abuse and exploitation they are made vulnerable to. This has to change – we, as a society, must do better.”
You can read, and sign, the letter, here.
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Ian Josephs said:
We must STOP social workers acting like police and leave crime detection to the real police !!Abolish social workers altogether and with the money saved enrol more trained police to arrest child beaters and cruel parents.
There must be NO PUNISHMENT WITHOUT CRIME
HOW TO PUT THINGS RIGHT
1:-We need a simple change in the law to stop children being taken from parents when no crime against them by parents has been committed and allegations of such crimes have been dismissed.Punishment without crime should be eliminated from our legal system..After all Police arrest those who have committed crimes not those who they believe just might commit crimes next year !
SECTION 31 CHILDREN ACT 1989 is The worst ever Act of Parliament re children
)On the application of any local authority or authorised person, the court may make an order—
(a)placing the child with respect to whom the application is made in the care of a designated local authority; or
(b)putting him under the supervision of a designated local authority F1. . ..
(2)A court may only make a care order or supervision order if it is satisfied—
(a)that the child concerned is suffering, or is likely to suffer, significant harm; and
(b)that the harm, or likelihood of harm, is attributable to—
(i)the care given to the child, or likely to be given to him if the order were not made, not being what it would be reasonable to expect a parent to give to him; or
(ii)the child’s being beyond parental control.
The five words in red have mean’t misery for thousands of innocent parents………..
JUDGES AND SOCIAL WORKERS SHOULD LEAVE FUTURE PREDICTIONS TO FORTUNE TELLERS AT THE FAIR GROUND AS THEY HAVE CRYSTAL BALLS,TAROT CARDS, AND YEARS OF EXPERIENCE THAT JUDGES AND SOCIAL WORKERS DO NOT !!
AND TALKING OF “RISK” !
20 April 2018 • 5:47pm The Telegraph
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I hope that this change involves helping the parents who are victims of lies told by this system. Lies that are put forward in order to have care orders granted. Lies that are extremely different from the truth. Lies that as a mother desperate to protect her children begged for help and was turned away. Circumstances which left the family so vulnerable and children just stolen from mother instead of being helped and listens to. This mother being turned away by councils, police and social services. Social worker suspended. Who did not come to give evidence and stil council covered this. Had judge been told the TRUTH SYSTEM then these children would not be affected as they are now to a system meant to support and protect vulnerable children and families. Instead system coo-berate, lie and all stick with the same lies and cover up the truth to gain care orders. Destroying our lives.
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Dr. Manhattan. said:
It wont be easy to change the child care system while it is alleged that many people working inside it have money invested in it.
I don’t understand how so much money can be spent on the foster system when the money could be better spent on actually helping families to be able to keep their own children. The system is to corrupt and broken and yes the multi agency are all in it together when it comes to lies and cover ups.
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[Name Withheld] said:
My 3 children were taken into care and I was forced to give my 4 year old twin boys up for adoption. I would not say their adoption was a success, at 27 years of age they have no contact with their adoptive family and came back into my life a couple of years ago. I feel they would have been better off if the adoption had never happened. My one son has psychiatric problems(like me) and that was not addressed for 15 years because of them. The first thing I did was encourage him to get help. I feel very angry at the entire social service system and I was diagnosed with post traumatic stress after my dealings with social services. I fled back to South Africa to enable me to keep my last child, who is now studying medicine.
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Donna Newman said:
Hi I hope you can help me I have just reserved my ticket for the launch even for https://researchingreform.net/2020/01/02/child-protection-experienced-families-invited-to-launch-event-for-parent-partnership-scheme/ and I wanted 3 tickets for myself and my partner and my friend however it would only let me register 1 ticket so I tried to register other tickets straight after mine and it now says sold out is there any chance I could get 2 more tickets for them please?
Many Thanks Donna x
Hi Donna, this is not the right site… please click on the event link and then click on ‘contact’ at the very bottom of the event page. xxxx