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Stolen Children on Belgian Radio

The link is to a story (in French) about the stealing of children in England by the authorities.

The following figures give the number of children adopted from care as a proportion of those leaving care in the past 5 years (up to March 2010)


In care 42,510 42,550 41,930 41,290 42,900
Into care 7,700 7,700 7,400 8,200 9,500
Therefore out of care 7,660 8,020 8,840 7,890
Adopted from S20 280 230 220 200 180
Adopted total 3,700 3,300 3,200 3,300 3,200
Adopted from care 3,420 3,070 2,980 3,100 3,020

Proportion 40.08% 37.16% 35.07% 38.28%


These are the calculations the civil servants are avoiding doing. (see my PQs and also freedom of information requests that are refused)

The figures will be more extreme if we look at those leaving care under 10.

Quoting from the Ofsted APA document.
"A very high figure, particularly sustained over some years, should prompt
further enquiry. It may be the result from the prevalence of factors assisting
a council to achieve a high figure, but it may also be a result of a council
placing children inappropriately."

Note that for Ofsted over 25% is very high.

Comments

Jerry said…
Just Slightly off Topic but thought this would be of interest......



A MOTHER fighting to stop her two-year-old daughter from being adopted against her will has won an adjournment to give her time to apply for legal aid.

The 31-year-old from Halesowen feared she would have to face the adoption hearing without a legal representative after delays in transferring papers after she changed solicitors.

But at Wednesday’s hearing the family court judge granted the adjournment allowing time for the legal aid application to be processed after hearing that the mum - who cannot be named for legal reasons - wanted to argue a change of circumstances.

Afterwards, she described the decision as “brilliant, fantastic news” and is optimistic that she will win her daughter back.

Her five children were taken from her by Dudley Social Services after her ex-partner abused her eldest daughter two years ago. He is now serving a 14 year prison sentence.

She hopes that if she can stop the adoption, she will then be able to win back her other children who are in foster care.

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