An article published in community care, an online resource for social workers, has highlighted the difficulties those involved with children’s services and any subsequent care proceedings are faced with in light of the recent cuts to services.
The article refers to a debate held in April of this year and hosted by Bristol Senior Family Court Judge Stephen Wildblod, which sought to explore whether the current system makes unnecessary use of care proceedings. The Judge noted that in Bristol the number of cases had risen by 9% in the last 12 months. He called for resources to be poured in to preventing the need for Court proceedings and said that he was looking into establishing a charity offering therapeutic early intervention to families.
The debate heard from a former children’s social worker and independent reviewing officer who is now an academic at a university. She stated that she believes too many decisions were being taken by practitioners under extreme pressures and that services that had previously enabled a range of specific interventions in multi-agency settings were simply no longer there. He went on to highlight that families too frequently had to deal with a changing cast of social workers within an adversarial system. The need for parents to be offered help at the right time and the impact that this would have upon their parenting was also highlighted during the debate.
If you or your family have the involvement of children’s services it is very important that you seek legal advice to ensure the right outcome for your family. Hewitts are here to help and please do not hesitate to contact a member of our family team to discuss this further.