Social Services Inspectorate
London: DH Publications, 2002
Many children are privately fostered through informal arrangements which are not registered with the local authority. In some cases all contact between birth parents and their children is lost. Report expresses concern about the inappropriate placement of black children with white foster carers. Problems are compounded by the low priority given by local authority social workers to carers' assessments, statutory checks, and visits and reviews.
Family Law Journal, no. 17, June 2002, p. 2-4
Discusses the impact of the Human Rights Act (HRA) on the legal position of children in local authority care and their parents. Courts have begun to use their discretion in respect of pre-HRA powers in a new way so as to avoid breaking the parties' Convention rights.
Labour Research, July 2002, p. 12-14
Social Services spend £41m a week to support children in need and their families with English departments overspending by £218m in 2001/02. The main pressure on resources comes from a huge rise in numbers of children being taken into local authority care. At the same time social work vacancies are running at 15%. The combination of these factors means that case loads are too high for safety.
Daily Telegraph, July 1st 2002, p. 9
A survey for parentline plus, a national helpline, said that two thirds of parents are worried about their children's stress levels, with teenage girls the biggest cause of concern. The findings reinforce research that has found growing rates of depression and anxiety in children, with an estimated one in five experiencing some form of mental health problem.
The Guardian, July 5th 2002, p. 9
Protest by local residents yesterday forced the closure of Europe's only clinic to provide residential treatment of child sex offenders. The Wolvercote Clinic, based at Horton Hospital, Epsom, Surrey, which opened in 1995 is to close on July 31 after seven years during which it has assessed 300 men.
Professional Social Work, July 2002, p. 9
Airs concerns over two potential new amendments to the Children Act 1989. These relate to:
A Wheal and G Emson
Lyme Regis: Russell House Publishing, 2002
This book provides check lists, guidance sheets, notes, charts, diagrams and further reading on all aspects of family support and development.
P Moss and P Petrie
London: Routledge Falmer, 2002-08-07
This book argues that how we understand children and make public provision for them involves both political and ethical choices. It discusses how different ways of thinking about children lead to different childhoods, different public provision (including schools) and different ways of working with children. The authors go on to consider alternative theories and ideas, and propose a new approach which they term 'children's spaces'.
D Roker and H Richardson
Children and Society, vol. 16, 2002, p.143-153
This Initiative aimed to set up 30 different projects in YMCA centres in England to provide help and support to parents of teenagers. The projects included group-based courses, "Dads and Lads" projects, mediation schemes, and computing courses. Paper describes the evaluation of this Initiative.
Department for Work and Pensions
Proposes options for the measurement of child poverty. These are:
Department of Health
Document aims to address the varying quality of adoption services from area to area. The consultation will form the basis for new regulations on adoption support to be introduced in April 2003 under the Adoption and Children Bill.
Education, Culture and Sport Committee, Scottish Parliament
[Edinburgh] : 2002 (SP paper, session 1 2002; 508)
Report supports proposals for a Children's Commissioner in Scotland.
ChildRight, issue 187, 2002, p. 7-8
Presents a report on UK progress in implementing children's human rights as set out in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child 1989. Covers issues of poverty, youth justice, physical abuse, asylum-seeking children, children in care and children with disabilities.
Community Care, June 27th-July 3rd 2002, p. 30-31
Discusses how information technology could facilitate communication between health and social care professionals and the police in the field of child protection. "Virtual teams" could be set up using computer systems to link different professionals and enable them to share knowledge.
The Guardian, July 3rd 2002, p. 16
The lack of childcare facilities throughout the country is keeping the gender gap wide and women at all levels in low paid work. This article looks at the government's current position on the issues and presents this as a chance to launch a great social programmme.
Community Care, June 20th-26th 2002, p. 28-29
Discusses the role of health visitors in child protection.