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Rise in child care applications in England

Local council applications to take children into care have exceeded 10,000 this year, the first time in data history.

The rise in the child care applications is said to be linked to the high publicity case of the death of Baby Peter in Haringey in 2007, which showed that the local authority officials could have save him on many occasions if they had acted properly on warning signs.

At first this statistic may look promising, showing that local authorities are becoming more risk averse and acting more quickly to intervene when a child is thought to be at risk. But, this can lead to mistakes being made, and the care system is showing signs that it is struggling to cope with the rising number of care order applications. This has led to court delays, children being placed in temporary placements or moved around with little notice, siblings are being split up and there is a significant lack of foster carers.

Here at Swain & Co. we have a specialist team in child care proceedings, so if you face the threat of, or have had, your child taken away by social services, contact our team on 02392 92967. Legal aid may be available to you, and we offer a free initial consultation, so don’t hesitate to call.


Source: BBC News 11.04.12

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