Adoption: No sale of kids (15.07.93)

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150793p14IG 15 July 1993 Islington Gazette p.14

“Social Services chairwoman Cllr Sandy Marks pledged her opposition on Monday to the Government’s plans to encourage councils to charge adopters thousands of pounds.”

“Cllr Marks chairs the adoption panel of councillors, social workers and independent advisors, including a parent with an adopted child, which considers each application. First, the panel decides whether the applicants are suitable. The third stage is to match the child with suitable applicants.”

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Tell Politicians What You Think About The Family Courts

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Researching Reform is very privileged to have a readership which includes families and children with experience of the Family Courts, however politicians, peers and judges also visit the site daily, and we know they read your feedback.

As politicians publish their manifestos and go about making pledges this month, they will also be reading your thoughts on the system in order to understand what’s not working, so now is a good time to let the future government know what you think about the family justice system.

We are adding our Top Ten Bug Bears below:

  1. Inefficient Monitoring Of The Impact Of Financial Incentives Across Child Welfare Organisations And Agencies
  2. Culture Of Mistrust And Disrespect Towards Families And Children
  3. Inadequate Training For Social Workers And Judges 
  4. No Efficient Mechanism For Correcting Material Errors In Judgments and Court Bundles
  5. The Race To Adoption” Process
  6. The 26 Week Rule In Care Proceedings
  7. Forced Adoption Practices

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The government has failed to protect the human rights of children — Politics and Insights

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The UK has plummeted from 11th position to 156th in global ranking for meeting its child rights obligations in the space of a year. The UK now ranks among the bottom 10 global performers in the arena of improving rights of the child, after it achieved the lowest possible score across all six available indicators in […]

via The government has failed to protect the human rights of children — Politics and Insights.

The report says that a nation’s prosperity does not always guarantee children’s rights. Interestingly, economically better performing countries are not necessarily doing a better job when it comes to safeguarding the rights of children.

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News Outlet Lies About Its Coverage Of Rooftop Protest At Child Minister’s Home

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The Consumer Watchdog Foundation has claimed that it was the first and only site to publish a story about the rooftop protest at former Children’s Minister Ed Timpson home last week. It also claims that it followed the events as they happened.

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This is not true. Whilst we broke the story first with real time video footage, and a full 24 hours before the CWF, a media outlet called The Northwhich Guardian followed shortly after us and then another online media site, The Nantwich News mentioned the protest. The Consumer Watchdog Foundation however, didn’t get to the demonstration until the following day.

We wrote in last night to mention that they had made a mistake about coverage, but as of this morning the comment has yet to be published and no correction to their article has been made. A comment added after ours has been approved.

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Judge Rules Council Deliberately Obstructed Mother’s Adoption Challenge

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In a case which represents an important development in highlighting unethical practice inside the child welfare sector, a High Court judge has ruled that a council and its social workers as well as the legal team advising, purposefully blocked a mother from challenging an adoption order.

The council did this by failing to tell the mother about the timing of the placement plan and the process she would need to go through in order to apply for the order to be revoked.

Community Care tells us Judge Charles said, “fairness (and in my view, common sense and straightforwardness) meant the council should have explained to the mother that unless she issued an application by a certain date, it would proceed with placing the girl… I suggest that not only is a race between an under-informed parent and the adoption agency likely to be unfair, it is also likely to createsignificant…

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