Barnado’s said it hopes its Pause project, which was founded in Hackney to help reduce the number of "repeat removals" - and has since been opened in Doncaster, Greenwich, Hull, Islington, Newham and Southwark - will help stop a similar situation arising again 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. The reason it has got to 17 is because of those sort of factors and because there hasn't been a service like Pause."
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.
They said I was too upset to look after my child but, of course, I was upset they were going to remove himWoman who sought help from Newcastle Women's Aid
"We have to look really closely at the intervention that needs to be put in place 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."
Ms Langshaw said the Women's Aid service, based in the city's deprived Walker area, was seeing women who had previously attended as children with their mothers.
"Their mums have been in crisis, they haven't stayed safe, there hasn't been appropriate intervention and therefore they're back with us now as young mums, adults themselves," she said.
One woman who sought help from Newcastle Women's Aid said she "felt judged by social services".
"They said I was too upset to look after my child but, of course, I was upset they were going to remove him," she said.
Newcastle City Council said it made the decision to remove children from their mothers on a “case by case” basis, and was working closely with Barnado’s to develop the Pause project.
A spokesman for the council said: “There is nothing particularly unusual about Newcastle’s approach to this issue. Aftercare to mothers who have had a child removed would be dependent on the particular needs of each mother, who may themselves be a vulnerable adult.”
The spokesman added: “We have studied good practice from other parts of the country where there has been particular success in identifying and addressing the issue of mothers who repeatedly have their children taken into care. As a result, we are working closely with Barnardo's to develop a new service, which will work with mothers in these circumstances.”