Common Law Legal Systems And Adoptions
Domestic law of England and Wales.
Sourced from telegraph.co.uk 2016/09/24
Charting the rise in cases, he said there was a “dramatic increase” of some 35 per cent in cases in 2009-10 and acknowledged that there was an “unprecedented increase” following the Baby Peter case.
But he stressed the rise was not solely related to a spike in child abuse and said local authority behaviour was a cause of concern.
The only way this immense social disaster could be halted would be to ensure that social workers and the courts return to their proper role under the law, whereby they stop tearing families apart for no good reason
This is that, in over-reacting to the Baby P fiasco, social workers have become astonishingly trigger-happy, removing far too many children from their parents for wholly inadequate reasons. And chilling light is shed on this by two more sets of statistics. The first, published by the NSPCC, shows what has happened under the four legal justifications for removing children from their families. Between 2006 and 2015, cases where children were taken into care for “neglect” rose by 88 per cent, in line with the overall trend. Despite the supposed increase in concern over “physical abuse” post-Baby P, these cases rose by only 20 per cent. Cases involving sexual abuse of children scarcely rose at all, from 2,300 to 2,340.