A Wearside mother has had nine children taken into care

One Wearside mother had nine children taken into care
One Wearside mother had nine children taken into care
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Figures released today show that one Wearside woman had a total of nine children removed from her by social services.

The figures, that date back as far as 20 years, show nine, was the highest number of children removed from one Wearside mother.

The statistics showed that in Newcastle social services removed a total of 17 children from one mother, the highest recorded in the UK.

Figures, compiled by Newcastle BBC, also found that the number of children removed from a County Durham mother was also nine.

The reasons for the removal of 17 children from a Newcastle mother have not been revealed, childcare charities are shocked by the figure, which was revealed as Barnardo's announced the launch of a new project in the city to help reduce the number of children taken in to care.

According to the charity the most common reasons for mothers losing their kids are domestic abuse in the home, drug and alcohol misuse and mental health issues.

Research looking at family court records found that, in 2013, 2,018 babies were taken into care at birth or soon afterwards, up from 802 in 2008.

The study Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Recurrent Care Proceedings, funded by the Nuffield Foundation, found that between 2007 and 2014 a total of 13,248 babies were removed by the authorities.

Sian Bufton, assistant director with children's services for Barnardo's, said the case of the mum who had 17 children taken was "exceptional."

She said that she hoped the charity's Pause project, which was founded in Hackney to help reduce the number of "repeat removals," will stop the situation arising again when it opens in Newcastle.

Ms Bufton said: "I think she is an exception, I don't think anyone else in Newcastle has reached anywhere near that figure and hopefully in the future there will not be any more because we will have been able to deliver this service.

"It is likely she would have had difficulties such as domestic abuse, mental health problems, a chaotic lifestyle, possibly substance misuse."

Elaine Langshaw, service director for Newcastle Women's Aid - which has helped abused women for 40 years - said: "It is very sad and tragic that one woman has had 17 children removed. We don't know her circumstances, there are probably lots of complex additional needs.

"There is not one agency who can save or mend women when they have suffered a lifetime of abuse.

"We have to look really closely at the at the intervention that needs to put in for each individual woman, it is different for everyone and depends on the levels of violence and abuse and the length of time it has gone on."