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ADSS CALL FOR DNA TESTING IN REPONSE TO CRITICAL FOSTERING REPORT

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A report* out today from the British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering says local authorities are ignoring the pr...
A report* out today from the British Agencies for Adoption and Fostering says local authorities are ignoring the problems of West African children in private fostering arrangements, BBC Radio Four's Today programme reported this morning. The BAAF says there could be up to 10,000 West African children privately fostered in the UK and vulnerable to abuse and neglect.

But Mike Leadbetter, president of the Association of Directors of Social Services, told the programme the report's proposals would do little to stop child slavery. 'What we need to be looking at is tight policing of immigration and making sure that people who say they are parents or relatives of children really are', he said. If necessary, this would have to involve DNA testing, Mr Leadbetter said.

* The report is available on LGCnet.
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