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NSPCC report asks 'How Safe are our Children?'

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Children and Families Bill; a missed opportunity?

TACT, the fostering and adoption charity, has responded to the publication of the Children and Families Bill, seeing it as a missed opportunity.

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Kinship carers win major concession

Welfare Reform Minister Lord Freud has announced a one year exemption from conditionality under Universal Credit for grandparents and other relatives (kinship) carers, who are taking on the responsibility for bringing up children because their parents cannot look after them.

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Children being failed by the care system

A recent parliamentary inquiry report by two All Party Parliamentary Groups (APPGs) has called for an independent investigation into children's homes in England, claiming that the system of residential care is 'not fit for purpose' for children who go missing.

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Charity responds to Cafcass research

The Family Rights Group has responded to new research released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass), which claims that local authorities are acting more quickly to process care applications.

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Child protection reforms welcomed

Professor Eileen Munro, author of the Government’s review of the child protection system, has said that a “culture change” is underway in the child protection system but outlined an urgent need to now accelerate reforms to create a more child-centred system.

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Care demand statistics for April 2012

The latest statistics released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have revealed that care application demand continues to remain at a very high level.

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Charity calls for law change on neglect

The charity, Action for Children, has recently published a report claiming that the current law on child neglect is failing to protect children and must be updated as a matter of urgency.

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'Kinship carers' left to fend for themselves

Family and friends carers, who are raising some of the nation’s most vulnerable children, are being left to fend for themselves and suffer significant levels of hardship as local authorities fail to implement central government policy, according to new research from advice charity Family Rights Group.

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Response to the Government's adoption action plan

Robert Tapsfield, chief executive of the Fostering Network, has commented on the Government's recently announced adoption action plan.

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A speedier adoption process

The Prime Minister is to set out proposed changes to legislation to ensure that, when adoption is in a child’s best interests, they are placed in loving homes as soon as possible.

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Care applications to Cafcass remain high

The latest care statistics from the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have revealed that the number of care applications continue to remain high.

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Social workers feel 'powerless' in child neglect cases

Over half (51%) of social workers, and a third of police officers (36%) report feeling 'powerless' to intervene in suspected cases of child neglect, according to a landmark report by children's charity, Action for Children.

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Child runaways in significant danger

A quarter of child runaways have been the victim of a harmful or dangerous experience, reveals new research from The Children’s Society.

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Cafcass releases latest care application figures

Recent figures released by the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have shown that the Service received 841 care applications during October 2011.

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Fall in number of adoptions

The Department for Education has released statistics showing a 2% increase in the number of children in care, combined with a 5% decrease in the number of children who are adopted.

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