The court ruled in favor of Sawyer despite evidence presented by his ex-wife that alleged he had sexually abused their child.
Financial and Housing Advice The social worker is out to get me…. My social worker has is it in for me and is going to make sure that my child is taken off me.
All social workers have to work within a clear legal framework and cannot do anything without having a sound legal reason.
Any decision to take a child into care- even for a very short time — has meet the criteria set out in legislation. We know that sometimes the working relationship between social workers and parents can break down. We have given an explanation of the key legal processes here. We also examine Parents held responsible for childrens crime investigation and referral procedures here.
The Department of Education has published guidance about how the Children Act works here Because my other children were taken that means they will take any future children as well. Each and every decision relating to child protection has to be taken individually taking into account all the facts at that time.
Even a group of siblings living together with the same parents will be considered individually rather than a blanket assumption being made that they should all be treated the same. If you have previously had a child removed, if you get pregnant again social services will need to be certain that you are able to look after this baby and will work with you to conduct an assessment and support you in getting any help you might need.
Even if your social worker decides that you are not currently able to look after this baby, they need to have evidence to support this conclusion. Your social worker cannot just refer to the fact that you have had a previous child taken into care, and they need to get an independent judge to agree that there is a sound reason for removing this baby.
Section 1 of The Children Act creates a statutory obligation to put the needs of the child first. Often that means supporting parents so that children can remain at home with them, as that would be in the best interests of the child.
My social worker has told me that they are thinking of applying to the courts for my child to be adopted. There are a number of reasons why plans might change, including if you can demonstrate that you are willing and able to make the necessary changes to address the concerns that led to adoption being considered as an option for your child.
Social workers are targeting families, particularly white working class families, to meet targets for the number of children adopted and to provide babies for adoption by middle class families. This is because local authorities get paid a financial bonus to meet targets for removing children and getting them adopted.
There is no evidence that this is happening in the UK. For further discussion, please see our post on Forced Adoption. There are no targets for taking children into care in the first place. Even though local authorities have targets to match children in their care with adoptive parents faster than before, in England the average age at adoption was three years and eight months at 31 March Again, see statistics published by BAAF.
It is the courts, not individual social workers or local authority managers, who decide whether a child should be placed for adoption. Social services do not take children into care to unnecessarily be adopted. It is dangerous to suggest that this is happening and that the care system is not the right place for children who are at risk if they stay with their birth families.
Children come into care for many reasons including parental abuse and neglect. The rise in the numbers of young children coming into care may be explained by a variety of factors including a rise in parental substance misuse.
Whatever those reasons are, it is important to remember that children cannot be taken into care without legal procedures.
Furthermore, children are only adopted when it can be shown that it is in their best interest, and again, this decision is scrutinised by an independent guardian, as well as an adoption panel with a majority of members independent of the local authority, and by the court.
If birth parents believe they have had their child taken into care unfairly, they should lodge a formal complaint with their local authority. I believe that this is rare.
I certainly do not believe children are systematically being taken into care to meet adoption targets.
Although the amounts of money paid to local authorities who meet their targets for placing children in their care and for assessing adoptive parents can be large — scroll down to the bottom of this page to see figures from September — they do not exceed the cost of the care proceedings.
Information on the numbers of children placed for adoption by Kent County Council in is not readily available, but more recent information suggests that the average number is children per year if you look at the adoption scorecard for Even without details for the costs of all social workers involved in a case, plus legal representatives at court — usually for both the local authority and the family involved — plus court time, plus foster carers, it is clear that any money paid in the form of a bonus does not come close to covering the cost of removing a child from their family and placing them for adoption.
The average number of children removed per mother was three. Research from the University of Bristol in said this: Bringing care proceedings is a costly and time consuming business for local authorities.
In addition, the local authority will have to contribute towards independent assessments ordered by the court and may need to instruct barristers counsel to represent it at court. In order to ensure that proceedings are used only where the local authority can prove its case and court orders are required, as well as to control expenditure, local authorities have established internal procedures for approving court applications.
Legal advice and senior management approval are generally required even where an application if made for an order to remove or detain a child in an emergency Masson et al ; DCSFpara 3.Dec 16, · The city of Davenport, Iowa, has experimented with holding parents responsible for crimes like breaking curfew and possessing marijuana, but the Iowa Supreme Court struck down parts of .
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Compounding the problems with the overly broad definition of medical child abuse is the considerable misinformation spread by its proponents.
In , a governor’s task force in Michigan stated that “many cases of Medical Child Abuse go undetected because caregivers are . If you want to know about age thresholds - from what age you can leave a child at home unsupervised, to the age at which a child can be charged with committing a crime - this page has the answers.
People have difficulty understanding the motives of people who are involved in abuse. Why people choose to abuse other people is a common question. Why (adult) people who are being abused choose to stay in abusive relationships is another.
Neither of these questions have easy answers and even the. If you want to know about age thresholds - from what age you can leave a child at home unsupervised, to the age at which a child can be charged with committing a crime - this page has the answers.