Category Archives: Social care

Kent social services struggling to cope with children seeking asylum

Council appeals to Home Office for urgent help with £5.5m funding shortfall as rise of number of under-18s needing foster care more than doubles in year

A dramatic rise has occurred in the number of unaccompanied children seeking asylum as the Calais migrant crisis has unfolded, leaving Kent social services struggling to cope, county council leaders have warned.

Kent county council has appealed to the Home Office and children’s services across the south of England for urgent help with a £5.5m funding shortfall and the “enormous strain” on social services, and for assistance in finding foster places for the children, who are on their own and as young as 12.

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Met police launch inquiry into Kids Company over child abuse claims

Investigation into charity founded by Camila Batmanghelidjh is being led by the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command

Kids Company, one of Britain’s most high-profile children’s charities, is being investigated by the Metropolitan police over allegations involving child abuse and sexual exploitation.

The investigation into staff at the charity, which began on Thursday, is being led by the Met’s sexual offences, exploitation and child abuse command.

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Cost of national living wage could trigger ‘catastrophic failure’ in homecare

UK HomeCare Association, representing firms supporting 880,000 older and disabled people, says increases in staff costs could see businesses go bust

Firms supporting 880,000 older and disabled people have warned that the costs of introducing a “national living wage” could trigger “catastrophic failure” in the homecare market.

Without increased funding to meet the increased staff costs of the national living wage (NLW), businesses caring for people in their own homes could go bust, the UK HomeCare Association (UKHCA) warns in a letter to the chancellor George Osborne.

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