Children: Public Law Update (August 2016) – Family Law Week

Posted August 19th, 2016 in adoption, child abuse, children, fostering, human rights, news, privilege by tracey

‘John Tughan QC, 4 Paper Buildings, reviews recent decisions relevant to public children lawyers, including two important recent decisions of the Court of Appeal.’

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Family Law Week, 11th August 2016

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Shocking injustices: the conviction of David Bryant – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

“You are free to go. I am very sorry.” It was with these words that Lord Justice Leveson in the Court of Appeal quashed the conviction of David Bryant, a former fireman of seemingly impeccable character, for abusing a boy four decades earlier in a case that was based upon the uncorroborated word of a man revealed to be “a chronic liar”.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 16th August 2016

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Mother jailed for making children have surgery so she could claim benefits – The Guardian

Posted August 16th, 2016 in benefits, child abuse, medical treatment, news, sentencing, social security by sally

‘A mother who lied about her children being ill, forcing them to have surgery as part of a plan to falsely claim benefits, has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.’

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The Guardian, 15th August 2016

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Britain’s sweariest judge may also be Britain’s toughest – The Independent

‘Judge Patricia Lynch told a flasher ‘no-one wants to see your penis’, ordered a weeping defendant to ‘man up’ and left colleagues in no doubt that ‘if you crossed her, you would be in trouble’.’

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The Independent, 11th August 2016

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Jehovah’s Witnesses under pressure over handling of sexual abuse claims – The Guardian

‘The Jehovah’s Witnesses organisation is under increasing pressure to address its handling of sexual abuse allegations as it faces legal setbacks, bills of over £1m and a fight to prevent the Charity Commission examining its records of abuse claims.’

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The Guardian, 12th August 2016

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Child abuse inquiry: Alexis Jay to take over from Lowell Goddard – The Guardian

Posted August 12th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, remuneration, sexual offences by sally

‘Prof Alexis Jay is to take over as chair of the independent inquiry into child sexual abuse following the resignation of Dame Lowell Goddard, the home secretary has announced.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2016

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Ex-priest Philip Temple jailed for child sex abuse – BBC News

Posted August 11th, 2016 in child abuse, clergy, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A former social worker and Catholic priest has been jailed for 12 years after admitting historical child sex abuse charges dating back to the 1970s.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2016

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Cold case conviction for 1983 child sex attack after DNA match – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2016 in child abuse, DNA, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘A man who kidnapped and seriously sexually assaulted a 15-year-old girl 33 years ago, has been jailed for nine years at Bristol Crown Court.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2016

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Child abuse: One in 14 adults ‘abused as children’ in England and Wales – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2016 in child abuse, news, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘One in every 14 adults in England and Wales suffered sexual abuse as a child, a survey suggests.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2016

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Child abuse victims say inquiry must continue after chair’s resignation – The Guardian

Posted August 5th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘The far-reaching public inquiry into institutional child abuse in the UK must continue swiftly despite the shock resignation of its third chair, victims’ representatives and politicians have said.’

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The Guardian, 5th August 2016

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Judge jails ‘childish’ man who brought M1 to standstill because of grudge with police – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 1st, 2016 in child abuse, complaints, guilty pleas, news, nuisance, police, roads, sentencing by Mark L

‘A “childish” man who cost the economy £28 million when he brought the M1 to a standstill for 28 hours has been jailed for two years after he caused hundreds of holidaymakers to miss their flights.’

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Daily Telegraph, 29th July 2016

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Key Janner witness lied about abuse by care home boss – Daily Telegraph

Posted August 1st, 2016 in care homes, child abuse, inquiries, news, police, sexual offences by Mark L

‘A former children’s home resident who accused the late politician Lord Janner of Braunstone of being a paedophile made false claims of being sexually abused by the home’s manager, it has been alleged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 31st July 2016

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Rise in child sexual abuse cases threatens other policing, warns chair of commissioners – The Guardian

‘Police struggling to cope with a huge escalation in the number of child sexual exploitation cases fear it “may grow to threaten other aspects of effective policing”, the new chair of police commissioners has warned.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2016

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Rapper Grymey D jailed for grooming and having sex with schoolgirls – BBC News

Posted July 29th, 2016 in child abuse, news, sentencing, sexual grooming, sexual offences by tracey

‘A rapper who groomed schoolgirls on social media then filmed himself having sex with them has been jailed.’

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BBC News, 29th July 2016

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Survivors must have a stronger voice in Goddard abuse inquiry – The Guardian

Posted July 27th, 2016 in child abuse, evidence, inquiries, news, parliament, sexual offences, victims by sally

‘Justice Lowell Goddard will be unable to deliver justice or tackle child sex abuse if her inquiry sidelines survivors.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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IPCC investigates 11 for mishandling Greville Janner child sex abuse claims – The Guardian

‘The police watchdog is investigating 11 people over the alleged mishandling by Leicestershire police of child sexual abuse allegations against the late Labour peer Greville Janner.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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Cliff Richard set for court battle with BBC after corporation rejects damages claim – Daily Telegraph

‘Sir Cliff Richard is set for a court battle with the BBC, after the corporation rejected a demand that it pay damages for its controversial live coverage of a police raid on the singer’s home.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th July 2016

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Goddard inquiry truth project to hear first testimony on child sexual abuse – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2016 in budgets, child abuse, clergy, delay, evidence, inquiries, insurance, news, victims by sally

‘The first of hundreds of people are to begin giving testimony to a public inquiry into child sexual abuse, in an unprecedented national “truth-telling” project designed to catalogue decades of suffering.’

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The Guardian, 25th July 2016

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Failure to report child abuse could lead to jail, consultation says – The Guardian

‘School caretakers, secretaries and dinner ladies could face prosecution and possible imprisonment for failing to report signs of child abuse or neglect under official proposals in the wake of the Savile, Rotherham and Rochdale scandals.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Police and prosecutors criticised after firefighter wrongly convicted of sex attacks solely on testimony of fantasist – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in child abuse, miscarriage of justice, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A retired fire chief falsely accused of sexually abusing a boy 40 years ago has had his conviction overturned after it emerged his accuser was a fantasist and serial liar.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th July 2016

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