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The Mail reports on a Tameside case in which a child died . The SC review found failings in how professionals involved with the family shared information, failed to identify indicators of neglect and were obstructed in their contact with Child J.
One of the former residents of this care home is Teresa Cooper author of the blog No2Abuse and she writes about her experiences on the blog. I am grateful to her for drawing my attention to some of the articles referred to in this post. You can listen to a podcast of her interview with Natasha Phillips .
On the other hand the Times reports : too many children at risk of serious neglect or abuse are being left with their parents because the care system is considered such a poor alternative, the head of the NSPCC has said. Andrew Flanagan, the new chief executive of the charity, said that after the Baby P tragedy the debate should shift to why foster and residential care were considered “not a good option” and the steps needed to improve the system so that it was not used as an excuse to leave children in danger.
Single mother adoptions are lumped into the same category by the Mail in this story about an adoptive parent given a conditional discharge after years of cruelty to her adopted child . The Mail comments 'The adoption was one of the first by a single mother after social workers and adoption agencies began looking for single parents and gay couples to adopt, in some cases in preference to married couples.' And it concludes : 'In the late 1990s, social workers began to choose single parents as adoptive mothers on the grounds that children who had been born to single parents are better brought up in one-parent homes'. I was only surprised that there was not some outrage expressed about the sentence.
The Times dissects the adoption system suggesting both that social workers strive too hard to keep children with birth families and that the assessment process for prospective adopters rules out people for insufficient reasons.