Tuesday, 17 March 2009

Lord Laming report; ‘We must never leave children in danger just to save a £4,000 fee’

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A £4,000 court fee for taking a child into care that was introduced last May could be scrapped under reforms to avoid a repeat of the Baby P tragedy.
A government-commissioned report into child protection said that the fees should be abolished in April 2010 unless there was “incontrovertible evidence” that they were not not deterring local authorities from moving children out of danger.
The Times reported last year that the fees were to rise from £150 to £4,000, despite warnings from lawyers and campaigners that the change might encourage money-conscious local authorities to give violent or neglectful parents a second chance.

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