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Abuse and neglect cases on the rise

Wednesday May 4 2016

Barnsley Council has responded to the figures Barnsley Council has responded to the figures

CASES of abuse and neglect in Barnsley have risen by 119 per cent according to a charity which aims to prevent cruelty to children.

Figures provided by the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children show a spike in cases, from 404 in 2013/14 to 888 in 2014/15.

The statistics have come from government research into the characteristics of children in need.

However, Rachel Dickinson, the council’s executive director for people, said the rise was because of improvements in identifying children in need earlier.

She said: “Historically, Barnsley reported very low numbers of children in need, with rates lower than those national, regional and our statistical neighbours.

“This changed in 2014 and is directly related to the improvements the service has made, in identifying children in need early and responding to them at the right time. This improvement was noted in the 2014 Ofsted inspection.

“Whilst Barnsley’s children in need rates remain lower than our statistical neighbours, we believe that together with partner agencies, we are providing more timely early help, targeted support and safeguarding services for our most vulnerable children.”

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Reply Posted by kathryn Danforth on Friday May 6 2016 at 19:43
Really Rachel Dickinson so it has nothing to do with social care removing children without any attempt to support the parents, it has nothing to do that social care lie, cheat, steal and bring punishment onto innocent people and rip children away on lies and false allegations, these lies and allegations don't get ignored by the family court judge just because they are so much trusted collegues they worked every case together since they started they job from little iddy biddy interns, or because they hold a professional title, you don't come into peoples homes and threaten children and parents and your main priority IT HAS ABOSOLUTELY NOTHING TO DO WITH THE INNCENTIVES AND BONUSES YOU GET FOR EVERY CHILD YOU STEAL IS IT your kidding yourself Rachel Dickinson your teams stole children just for a pay rise if you are a social worker your morals suck, you have no idea how to work with families especially children and none of you have the balls to just admit what ya are everyone knows it there is only social care who still try to hide the fact they aint got a clue what they are doing to adults and children and whats worse is ya don't recognise the risk of harm your putting on future generations.

Reply Posted by Naughtynorman on Sunday May 8 2016 at 20:14
HERE WE GO AGAIN!!!!!!!!!!
Let's pull social care staff apart!!!!!!
Dammed if you do dammed if you don't!!!!!!!!!!
Seem to be easy targets at the moment. Let's give them the support that they deserve working very often under volatile and hostile situations.
Not sure where you have come up with the incentives and bonuses from.
Let me assure you that no social worker, or judge for that matter wants to separate families without good cause!!! The human cost, let alone the financial is too great.
Kathryn I can only assume that you, or someone you know has had a bad experience?

Reply Posted by kathryn Danforth on Friday May 6 2016 at 20:33
typing error correction - these lies and allegations get ignored by the family court judge

Reply Posted by Tom on Saturday May 7 2016 at 03:01
I recently saw a youtube video doing the rounds on facebook showing a (10? or 11? year old) child be forcibly removed by by social workers and multiple police against her will from her parent's house due to a court warrant.

(Surely the child's wishes should be taken into account?)

Anyhow, it was quite distressing to watch, and of course you don't know the background story to it - so perhaps there was good reason for the child to be removed? You would hope so, because if not, the state is abusing and destroying citizens and families without good reason. The child clearly didn't want to be taken into care, and stated that they had been abused in care and that they wanted to stay with their father.

The police did a good job in the circumstances, and it was clear, that nobody really wanted to be involved in the removal of this child into care, which made it seem all the more odd. I ended up feeling sorry for the police as well as the child, as it was clear the police didn't really want to be doing what they were doing. But they are wage slaves like the rest of us, and forced to behave in a certain way to live, because if they do not, they would face destitution and persecution as unemployed persons.

Worrying to think, many now follow orders at work under the threat of complete destitution. Without a social safety net, people are much easier to manipulate and they can be coerced into doing all kinds of things nobody would do willingly.

Reply Posted by Naughtynorman on Sunday May 8 2016 at 20:19
Perhaps the people who are all too eager to decry our often overstretched social work teams should look a little closer at their own actions and behaviours thus never having to come across social workers!!!!!!!!!!

ipso Regulated