Parents 'ask for children to be put into care so they can party on New Year's Eve'

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Parents 'ask for children to be put into care so they can party on New Year's Eve'

Post by Guest on Fri Dec 23, 2011 2:44 pm

Some feckless parents ask for their children to be looked after by the state over New Year's so they can spend the party season drinking, it has been claimed.


A Gloucester councillors claims that parents put their children into care so they can party on New Year's Eve Photo: CHRISTOPHER PLEDGER

Gloucestershire county councillor Paul McLain claims they lodge official requests demanding their children are put into care so they don't have the hassle of looking after them and can go out on the town. They then reclaim their children when they have sobered up a few days later, it is alleged.

Coun McLain, the authority's deputy leader and the cabinet member for vulnerable families, said: "On New Year's Eve every year we get a number of calls from mums saying 'I can't cope, take my kid into care'. Basically we become unpaid child carers and on January 2 or 3 they say 'can we have them back?' These are the kind of pressures that the health authority and Gloucestershire County Council have to deal with. Not only do they have to protect kids from all sorts of threats, we do come across parents that play this game. It's because they want to go out and party on New Year's Eve."

He said he believes some of the parents who phone may have been through the care system themselves.

A spokeswoman for The Taxpayers' Alliance hit out at the practice, saying "It would be disgraceful if some parents were abusing a system designed to be a safety net for families genuinely in crisis. Ultimately it's not just taxpayers picking up the cost of this deception, but children who are paying the price as they are being let down by their parents. The care system is not a free baby-sitting service and should not be treated as such. Those who abuse the system are putting it under more pressure and diverting services away from those in real need."

Coun McLain spoke out as it was revealed there are currently just under 500 Gloucestershire children who will not be spending Christmas with their own permanent family. These youngsters, called 'looked after' children, will be spending the festive season with foster families, wider family members or for those with disabilities in specialist residential care homes. Of these, 27 are waiting for a loving home to adopt them.

Yesterday it emerged the Government is to overhaul the assessment process for people looking to adopt amid concerns the current system is too slow and bureaucratic.

Coun McLain said the number of children being adopted every year in Gloucestershire is on the up. In 2008/2009 there were 14 adoptions but from April 2010 to September 2011 there were 35.

Coun McLain, the Tory member for the Charlton Kings ward, said "It's a big success story. I think there is a much greater focus on attracting adopters, helping them to get approved and finding children who would be suitable for adoption."

At 490, the county has the third highest number of 'looked after' children in the South West of England. Coun McLain said "I suppose it's because our thresholds are quite low, so if we think there's any risk to a child our first instinct is 'let's get them safe'."

http://www.telegraph.co.uk/family/8975120/Parents-ask-for-children-to-be-put-into-care-so-they-can-party-on-New-Years-Eve.html

Some people should never be allowed to have children No


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Re: Parents 'ask for children to be put into care so they can party on New Year's Eve'

Post by SEXY MAMA on Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:07 pm

Sad isnt it?

How disgusting!
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Re: Parents 'ask for children to be put into care so they can party on New Year's Eve'

Post by Guest on Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:47 pm

It beggars belief that the council just hand the children back on the second or third!

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Post by Guest on Fri Dec 23, 2011 3:51 pm

Nems Again wrote:It beggars belief that the council just hand the children back on the second or third!

Just what I thought!

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Re: Parents 'ask for children to be put into care so they can party on New Year's Eve'

Post by Guest on Sun Dec 25, 2011 1:39 pm

well, exactly

how is it they cant cope to the extent that they are demanding their children go into care - then suddently recover and decided that you can cope a few days later.

we used to take our kids along to any new years festivities that we got invited to, no matter what age they were at the time, - cos we made sure we didnt get rat arsed and could look after them properly.

they dont fekking deserve to have children at all






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Re: Parents 'ask for children to be put into care so they can party on New Year's Eve'

Post by Guest on Mon Dec 26, 2011 2:42 pm

Shocked it's unbelievable ! and incredibly sad. Crying or Very sad






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