This article in Community Care is an interesting analysis by John Hemming MP:
‘Social workers are experts’: John Hemming MP responds to Community Care readers – MP explains his controversial comments on the family courts and says his criticisms are of the government and systems, not social workers.
His issues of criticism are
- too much concentration on very young children – due to managerial pressure from management and central government
- the checks and balances that are supposed to operate in the family courts do not operate effectively
- there is a culture of bullying in many local authorities.
Government pressure and adoption targets have resulted in an increase of the number of babies under one month taken: from 1,400 in 2010 to 2,013 in 2013, while the number of deaths due to abuse and neglect has also increased from 16 in 2011 to 34 in 2013.
Taking more babies therefore doesn’t address the problem!
This will look ‘interesting’ to parents who are fighting to get their kids back or are forced into ‘good bye’ meetings before children are to be adopted…
For they are at the receiving end of nastiness and evil communications that must drive parents mad. They cannot possibly imagine that it can come from ‘high up’ through decades of procedures and guidelines manifesting themselves through ‘management culture’ of bullying and ‘checks and balances’ that simply don’t work ‘as effectively as they should.’
Here’s an analysis of how many non-UK children local councils took and adopted, whether they responded to Freedom of Information (FOI) requests and whether they have a written policy regarding foreign children.
The rest is googling…