Next week we are representing a foster carer facing an uncorroborated and undated allegation between 2003 and 2006 has to face a finding of facts hearing. He's lost his livelihood, his home, nearly his son and the impact on his mental health has been significant. The allegations are denied. there are significant concerns about the way the Local Authority has behaved.
This report is very timely.
Dr Jane Martin, Local Government Ombudsman, said: "Essential safeguarding processes are in place not to add time and bureaucracy, but to ensure that children's welfare is paramount. "Clearly, councils do not take a decision lightly to urgently remove a child from their home, however they must be able to demonstrate they have thought about all their options and considered the child's best interests