Research Identifies Mothers Affected By Repeat Child Care Cases

New Study By University Of Brunel And Manchester Assesses Issue

26.06.2014

New research has suggested more than 7,000 mothers had been involved in repeated care cases related to the welfare of children in the past seven years.

The study by the University of Brunel and Manchester reported by the BBC found that 7,143 mothers were involved in such cases, which went on to affect 22,790 children in total.

Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, it also revealed 90 per cent of cases saw children taken from parents by local authorities and raised concerns that some mothers were faced with a cycle of pregnancy and subsequent care proceedings.

Experts told the BBC that the study highlighted that family courts needed to change their approach in order to help the mothers affected to change their behaviour, with many cases of this kind of abuse and neglect linked back to drink and drug abuse.

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