Mothers Confined – Part 2: Time for action – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

It is plain that across the board there is a desire for change in relation to women and criminal justice. Many examples exists of wonderful, creative, worthwhile and even evidently successful projects in relation to diverting women away from custody and improving conditions for women who lose their liberty. Research related to women and criminal justice is ongoing from a range of respected and vociferous advocates such as Women’s Breakout, The Prison Reform Trust, Women in Prison and Halsbury’s Law Exchange to name but a few – many working together to effect change. There is no doubt that evidence and recommendations from each of these respected bodies – and more alongside them – will call for real change, offering genuine educated and reasonable arguments for doing so. However arguably (at least for now), the real “power” lies with the Courts, ergo it is the Courts who need to be at the vanguard of change.

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd August 2015

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Mothers Confined – Part 1: Over the threshold? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted July 31st, 2015 in children, families, human rights, news, prisons, sentencing, statistics, women by sally

‘Research surrounding the imprisonment of women, indeed even the imprisonment of mothers, is not new. A plethora of researchers and scholars have explored the issues surrounding women and criminal justice with passion and tenacity, arguably all of whom have contributed to the evidence-laden pathway culminating in the inspirational and influential 2006 Corston Report.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 31st July 2015

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Families travelling to join Isis should be allowed to keep custody of their children, says judge – The Independent

Posted July 31st, 2015 in children, custody, electronic monitoring, judges, news, terrorism by sally

‘Families suspected of attempting to travel overseas to join Isis should be allowed to keep custody of their children – as long as the parents wear electronic tags, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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The Independent, 31st July 2015

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A rape test for welfare is a chilling way to save money – The Guardian

Posted July 30th, 2015 in benefits, children, news, rape, social security, tax credits by sally

‘Rape that results in pregnancy is one circumstance that defies the chancellor’s notion of choice about family size.’
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The Guardian, 29th July 2015

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Child Protection and Data Protection – Panopticon

‘The spectre of Jimmy Saville casts a long shadow and now it extends to data protection, the Data Protection Act 1998 being the latest august and uniformly popular institution (following the BBC, Broadmoor and Margaret Thatcher to name just some) to suffer as a result of his actions. The perennial sight of investigations and public inquiries into historic sex abuse of children in local authority, chiefly arising out of the wider ramifications of Operation Yewtree, has provided a very ready explanation for local authorities for the need to retain child protection data.’

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Panopticon, 23rd July 2015

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Primary considerations – Nearly Legal

Posted July 28th, 2015 in appeals, children, housing, local government, news by sally

‘In Mohamoud v RB Kensington and Chelsea and Saleem v Wandsworth LBC [2015] EWCA Civ 780, the Court of Appeal were faced with the difficult argument about the interaction between section 11, Children Act 2004 and possession proceedings brought by a local authority against unsuccessful applicants for homelessness assistance. In Huzrat v Wandsworth LBC [2013] EWCA Civ 1865, the Court had previously found that there was no room for the use of section 11 to gloss the clear questions which a local authority must ask itself to determine whether an applicant is intentionally homeless, but that is very different from the question in Mohamoud. After all, mandatory possession proceedings have clear consequences.’

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Nearly Legal, 24th July 2015

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UN urges UK to make smacking illegal – BBC News

Posted July 24th, 2015 in child abuse, children, corporal punishment, news, United Nations by sally

‘The UK should pass laws to ban parents from smacking their children at home, a United Nations report has suggested.’

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BBC News, 24th July 2015

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Facebook, child protection and outsourced monitoring – Panopticon

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in children, data protection, internet, news, Northern Ireland, privacy by sally

‘Facebook is no stranger to complaints about the content of posts. Usually, one user complains to Facebook about what other users’ posts say about him. By making the offending posts available, Facebook is processing the complainant’s personal data, and must do so in compliance with data protection law.’
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Panopticon, 22nd Juyl 2015

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Khaleel Hussain murder case review launched in Coventry – BBC News

Posted July 23rd, 2015 in child abuse, children, murder, news by sally

‘A serious case review has been launched following the murder of a two-year-old boy from Coventry.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2015

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Poppi Worthington: Court overturns baby’s ‘unexplained death’ verdict – The Independent

‘Poppi Iris Worthington was just 13 months old when she died in December 2012 and still, nearly three years later, the reasons why remain a secret. This is despite the efforts of several pathologists, a “fact-finding” judgment that remains unpublished, an ongoing Serious Case Review, and a failed police investigation that saw three officers accused of misconduct.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2015

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Paedophile Phillip Kirk who wrote a letter to Theresa May asking for sex with children to be legalised is jailed – The Independent

‘A paedophile was caught after he wrote to Home Secretary Theresa May asking for sex with children to be legalised.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2015

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South Yorkshire police still falling short on child protection, says inspector – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2015 in children, crime prevention, news, police, reports by tracey

‘South Yorkshire police still need to make “major improvements” to child protection, three years after the Rotherham child sex abuse scandal, according to Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC).’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2015

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Police secure first FGM protection order – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 20th, 2015 in children, enforcement, female genital mutilation, news, passports, police by tracey

‘Order prevents travel by two young girls thought to be at risk of being taken to Africa for FGM.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th July 2015

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Mathieson v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – WLR Daily

Mathieson v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions: [2015] UKSC 47; [2015] WLR (D) 296

‘The Secretary of State for Work and Pensions violated the Convention rights of a severely disabled child when he suspended payment to him of disability living allowance once he had been an in-patient in an NHS hospital for more than 84 weeks.’

WLR Daily, 8th July 2015

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MPs to debate children’s carbon monoxide deaths in Corfu hotel – The Guardian

‘The deaths of two children from carbon monoxide poisoning while on holiday in Corfu will be debated in parliament next week.’

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The Guardian, 12th July 2015

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Family Law Week’s Budget Briefing, July 2015 – Family Law Week

‘Richard Holme, Chartered Accountant of Creaseys, a firm which specialises in advising family lawyers on tax related family law issues, explains the Budget changes of most relevance to family lawyers.’

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Family Law Week, 8th July 2015

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Greater Transparency in Children Proceedings: A Note of Caution – Family Law week

‘Tom Wilson, pupil barrister at 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers, examines the arguments in favour of greater transparency in the family justice system but sounds a note of caution.’

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Family Law Week, 9th July 2015

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Baby ashes consultation to go ahead, minister confirms – BBC News

‘A consultation about baby cremations in England and Wales will take place later this year, Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage has said.’

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BBC News, 8th July 2015

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Kesia Leatherbarrow: Girl’s death not ‘preventable’, review finds – BBC News

Posted July 9th, 2015 in children, detention, mental health, news, reports, suicide, young persons by sally

‘A troubled teenager who took her own life after being held in a police cell was failed by agencies, a report found.’

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BBC News, 9th July 2015

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Mother asks judge to choose whether her baby son should live or die – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 3rd, 2015 in children, euthanasia, families, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A mother asked a High Court judge to choose whether her 18-month-old son should live or die so that she did not have to decide herself. Mr Justice Hayden said that the mother, who had a “deep-seated” religious faith, had been “in turmoil” over choosing whether or not her son’s life-support machine should be turned off.’

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Daily Telegraph, 2nd July 2015

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