In England, it suggests that the number of newborn babies taken into care at birth has continued to rise. According to the data that shown in the report revealed the number of newborns subject to care proceedings has more than double over eight years from 1,039 in 2007-8 to 2,447 in 2016-17. It says that the newborns typically were taken into care when a child is an evaluate as suffering or at risk of suffering significant harm in the family home and the child’s safety demands immediate separation.
Over the eight-year period, the study showed significant variation between different regions, with rates for Yorkshire and the Humber more than double those for London. In most of the cases, it has identified by local authorities resulted in a care being issued by a judge and the baby ultimately being removed- most for adoption, others to foster care or extended family.
It has shown in a data 14% stayed with their birth parents. For the Children and family court advisory and support service that was funded by the new Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and written by a team of academics, using data provided by CAFCASS.
The dramatic rise in newborns taken into care was highlighted by Lancaster University Professor Karen Broadhurst. According to the study of newborns in the general population becoming subject to care proceedings has more than doubled, and increasing from 15 newborns per 10,000 live births in the general population in 2008 to 35 per 10,000.
On basis of Prof Broadhurst, while in hospital newborns would have been taken from their mothers. Around 47% have of the mothers had already had older children taken into care.
As per the report concludes “ For infants whose family is new to the court, pregnancy provides only a short window for the assessment of parenting capacity and support for change”
The researchers questioned whether, in first-time cases, there had been sufficient time to established a claim of likely significant harm to the child.
Prof Broadhurst said while interacting with BBC “Government statistics only register the under-ones, not those subject to care orders in the first week of their life. This is when the babies are most vulnerable when the mothers are most vulnerable”
With the reply as the president of the Family Division of the High Court James Munby said more work needed to be done. He further added, “ the regional variations identified in the data was crucial, as there appeared to be “significant differences” between the way courts and local authorities behaved, despite similar demographics or levels of deprivation.