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Public Law – Care Proceedings
Serious harm notifications increase
Local authorities are required to notify Ofsted of incidents where abuse or neglect is known or suspected and:
- A child has died
- A child has been seriously harmed
- A looked after child has died (including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected)
Ofsted received 379 notifications of such incidents between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016, down 2% on the previous year but 27% higher than 2013/2014 figures.
Boy living life as a girl removed from mother
A 7 year old boy who was “living life entirely as a girl” has been removed from his mother’s care. It was concluded by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist that the mother had “influenced [the child] in believing he was a girl”. The court held that the mother caused significant emotional harm to the child in her “active determination that he should be a girl”.
Care applications increase
Court applications received in the last six months are up more than 20% on 2015 figures. September figures alone are up 23% compared to last year. In September 2016 Cafcass received a total of 1,216 care applications.
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