My own LA has been doing this for about 2 years now - since the demand to save almost £50 million from that years budget was announced. In those two years we've also lost almost a third of the social work team. In the same two years three very young children have died (I say died, I should say "been killed") in their homes.
I live in a poor, inner city LA. Politicians don't pay much attention to what happens here. I think it's a case of out of sight out of mind.
a thought occurred to me in the night (as they do!) that with all these babies now on s20 instead of ico then the new legislation regarding court time scales for babies in care are a bit of a joke really. I mean fine for those that do come in on ico, and I've had 3 in the last 12 months, mums were asked for s20 and refused so ico's were granted (overwhelming evidence). but when they just come in on s20 then there is no need to stick to the regulations re court time scales, becoz there is no court involvement so evidence can be found at a more leisurely ace. I have friends who have had a bubs since October on s20, been in court once, and one more to go, to obtain an ico, but for as long as she is s20 no court time scales to adhere to, once on ico then the clock starts ticking. theres always a loophole isn't there?!
foster carer for babies and toddlers, and also an adoptive parent.
Interesting point LOBs - my 2 new little ones are on s20s. They're incredibly damaged, and I wonder if this would be the case if they'd been brought into care on an ICO 2 years ago - as they unquestionably would have been before all the cuts.
Toko, the children who died made our local papers but not nationals. As my SW said - they weren't "pretty" enough to sell papers, and children die every day at the hands of their parents (or more usually step-parents).