The Audit Commission concludes that, overall, England's 150 children's services departments "performed slightly worse in 2008 than in 2005", a period in which the ratings of council services such as housing, waste disposal and care of older people have consistently improved. ( Guardian )
Somehow Camilla manages to link to this in another piece about open access to family courts in which she is protesting about the alleged plans to restrict the media from identifying individual family members. Curiously, she also prays in aid the situation of Fran Lyons whose story received much media coverage. But, of course, Fran's case never reached the door of the court and she very sensibly skipped the country before it could. Simon Clayton's own comments in No2ABuse make interesting reading.
In a particularly shocking case a foster family's children ended up caring for a young person who went on to rape their own children ( Times ) when Glamorgan Council failed to warn them about his previous sexual offences (and see Community Care ).
Community Care also covers Haringey's new Safeguarding Action Plan - fundamental change and outstanding performance promised by 2012.
What would have been Baby P's 3rd birthday is marked by the Daily Mail .
Local authority to plan baby’s funeral - A local authority has been given permission to plan the funeral for a baby who died last summer. The boy’s death was the result of brain damage. His parent...
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