One of the major challenges of modern day society for social work practitioners….
“Huge rise” in newborns subject to care proceedings
There has been a “huge” rise in the number of newborns who are subject to care proceedings in England, according to new figures from the University of Lancaster with 2,018 babies involved in such cases in 2013, compared with 802 in 2008. In 2008, of 672,809 live births in England recorded by the ONS, 0.1% of babies entered the care system. The proportion had increased to 0.3% in 2013 – out of a total of 664,517 births. Lead researcher Prof Karen Broadhurst suggested: “Some mothers are caught in a destructive cycle: their child’s taken into care, because of neglect or abuse, they quickly become pregnant again without changing their outlook or circumstances”. Karen Goodman, from the British Association of Social Workers, told BBC Radio 4’s Today programme: “We do know that all the services are under a great financial strain and resources are an issue. You can’t get away from the situation local authorities find themselves in”. David Cameron said the Government is “trying to help and make sure the right models are in place to inspire great social work and innovative practice.” BBC News The Times, Page: 12 The Guardian, Page: 7 Daily Mirror, Page: 12 The Sun, Page: 4
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