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In the News: Social care 'privatisation'; child abuse referrals up; register to open from July

Published: 30.05.14

Our weekly round-up of adoption related stories.
In the News: Social care 'privatisation'; child abuse referrals up; register to open from July

Children's minister hits back at child protection 'privatisation' claims
Amid concerns from social work academics that government proposals to allow the outsourcing of children's services will see child protection services privatised, children and families minister Edward Timpson has said claims of 'wholescale' privatisation are a misrepresentation of the government's ambitions. Community Care 20/5/14

Adoption register to open to approved adopters from July
Approved adopters will be given access to the adoption register from July, the Department for Education (DfE) announced today. Community Care 29/5/14

Child abuse referrals to police up almost 50%, says NSPCC helpline
A children's charity helpline has reported an increase of almost 50% in the number of cases of emotional abuses being referred to the police and local authorities in the last year. Guardian 30/5/14

Criminalising parents would not improve parenting
The president of the Association of Directors of Children's Services says a lack of legislative clarity is not why children are neglected. The Guardian 30/5/14