Saturday, 31 May 2008

Social workers' failings put children at risk

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The failings of social workers are putting children from broken homes at risk from abuse, a report has revealed. Children at the centre of divorce or separation cases, particularly those involving domestic violence or abuse, have been left vulnerable by a backlog of cases. The failings were uncovered by an Ofsted inspection of the Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service (Cafcass), the service set up to ensure that children's views are represented in court. The report covering Kent, Surrey and Sussex found a waiting list of 150 cases, delays of six months for some families, inadequate assessments of the impact of domestic violence and a failure to refer cases to local authorities where there were concerns for the child's welfare.

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