Some youth offending teams failing to protect at-risk girls, say inspectors – The Guardian

Posted December 19th, 2014 in children, criminal justice, news, police, probation, young offenders by sally

‘Many girls in the criminal justice system are being sexually exploited and some youth offending teams are failing to provide protection for them, independent inspectors have said.’

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The Guardian, 19th December 2014

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In re A (A Child) (Financial Provision) – WLR Daily

Posted December 18th, 2014 in appeals, children, financial provision, law reports, periodical payments by sally

In re A (A Child) (Financial Provision) [2014] EWCA Civ 1577; [2014] WLR (D) 529

‘The “millionaire’s defence” survived to some degree when the court was determining the appropriate financial provision for the illegitimate child of a father of very great wealth. Accordingly it was not appropriate to contend for a “fair proportion” of the wealth when seeking to determine a sum representing the reasonable needs of the child for the purposes of Schedule 1 to the Children Act 1989.’

WLR Daily, 10th December 2014

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Mentally-ill teenagers no longer to be held in cells – BBC News

Posted December 18th, 2014 in children, detention, mental health, news, police, young persons by sally

‘Teenagers experiencing mental health problems will no longer be detained in police cells as a “place of safety”.’

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BBC News, 18th December 2014

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Unwanted anonymity and gagging orders – Free Movement

Posted December 17th, 2014 in anonymity, asylum, children, immigration, news, privacy, tribunals by sally

‘I’ve now come across two cases in which judges of the First-tier Tribunal Immigration and Asylum Chamber have imposed unwanted anonymity orders on parties without any application or notice. One case is reported here and the other can’t be reported because of, well, the anonymity order. In both cases there was media interest beforehand and the orders acts as a gagging orders, preventing the parties from discussing their case with the media, even though the cases and the identities of the appellants had already been reported. In one of the cases the appellant had a child and that provided the reason or pretext for imposing anonymity. In the other unreported case children are named in the determination but are entirely tangental to the case and could easily have not been named.’

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Free Movement, 17th December 2014

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Failures by social services led to death of baby – The Guardian

Posted December 17th, 2014 in children, drug abuse, drug offences, families, news, pregnancy, social services by sally

‘A vulnerable baby died in Sunderland after being left in the care of her drug-addicted mother following multiple failures by social services, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 16th December 2014

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DJ Chris Denning jailed for 13 years for abusing 24 boys – The Independent

‘Former Radio 1 DJ Chris Denning has been jailed for 13 years for sexually assaulting 24 boys – including one allegedly at Jimmy Savile’s house.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2014

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Judge orders blood transfusion for Jehovah’s Witness child – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 16th, 2014 in blood products, children, human rights, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘An NHS Trust v Child B and Mr and Mrs B [2014] EWHC 3486 (Fam) – I posted earlier this year a discussion of Ian McEwan’s pellucid and moving account of the difficulties encountered by judges when steering between the rock of parental faith and the hard place of children’s best interests (The Children Act, 2014). This judgment, although handed down four months ago, has just been published, and confirms that judges may be resolute, however politely, in the face of parents’ insistence that they know what is best for their children.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 15th December 2015

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Family of Ben Needham to sue Home Office for funding of police operation – The Guardian

‘Ben Needham’s family is preparing to take the home secretary to court in an attempt to secure funding for British police to pursue suspects who might be linked to the toddler’s disappearance 23 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 15th December 2014

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Man who imprisoned his wife at home is forbidden from seeing his daughters – The Guardian

Posted December 12th, 2014 in children, contact orders, families, news by sally

‘A man who imprisoned his wife in their home and expected her to be a servant cannot be allowed to see his two daughters, senior judges have ruled.’

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The Guardian, 11th December 2014

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In re S (A Child) (Abduction: Hearing the Child) – WLR Daily

Posted December 9th, 2014 in appeals, child abduction, children, custody, EC law, law reports, treaties by sally

In re S (A Child) (Abduction: Hearing the Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1557; [2014] WLR (D) 522

‘Where the court was exercising it’s inherent jurisdiction relating to the abduction or retention of a child where neither the Hague Convention on the International Aspects of Child Abduction 1980, nor article 11(2) of Council Regulation (EC) No 2201/2003 (“Brussels II revised”) applied, the same principle of effective access to justice for a child as applied to cases involving the Convention and the Regulation was engaged and the court was obliged to consider whether and how to hear the child concerned.’

WLR Daily, 4th December 2014

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Judge rules Jehovah’s Witness boy can receive blood transfusion – The Guardian

Posted December 8th, 2014 in children, consent, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘A high court judge has ruled that the son of two devout Jehovah’s Witnesses can be given a blood transfusion despite religious objections from his parents.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2014

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Finance & Divorce Update – Family Law Week

Posted December 8th, 2014 in children, costs, divorce, foreign jurisdictions, legal aid, litigants in person, news by sally

‘Jessica Craigs, senior solicitor of Mills & Reeve LLP analyses the financial remedies and divorce news and cases published by Family Law Week during November.’

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Family Law Week, 5th December 2014

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Foreign Travel Orders by Madeleine Wolfe – One Inner Temple Lane

Posted December 3rd, 2014 in child abuse, children, foreign jurisdictions, news, sexual offences by sally

‘Sections 114 to 122 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 (SOA) introduced Foreign Travel Orders (FTO) to assist in the disruption of behaviour of those who sexually offend against children in extra jurisdictional territories. They are civil orders enabling the courts in certain circumstances to prohibit those convicted of the sexual abuse of children under 16 years of age, from travelling overseas, where there is evidence that they intend to cause serious sexual harm to children in a foreign country.’

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One Inner Temple Lane, 19th November 2014

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Regina (J) v Worcestershire County Council (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) – WLR Daily

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in children, law reports, local government, social services by sally

Regina (J) v Worcestershire County Council (Equality and Human Rights Commission intervening) [2014] EWCA Civ 1518; [2014] WLR (D) 503

‘A local authority’s power to provide services to children in need under section 17 of the Children Act 1989 was not limited to children who were physically present in the local authority’s area at the time when the services were provided but extended to the provision of services to children who, although physically present at the time of assessment as children in need, were outside the area at the time of provision.’

WLR Daily, 25th November 2014

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Regina (GE) (Eritrea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another – WLR Daily

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in appeals, asylum, children, law reports, social services by sally

Regina (GE) (Eritrea) v Secretary of State for the Home Department and another [2014] EWCA Civ 1490; [2014] WLR (D) 500

‘A person who had been entitled to the provision of assistance by a local authority under the Children Act 1989 as a child in need, but to whom no assistance was in fact provided, did not fall within the definitions of “looked after” child, “relevant child” and “eligible child” in the 1989 Act and could not therefore, on attaining his majority, become a “former relevant child” for the purposes of section 23C of the 1989 Act, to whom the local authority owed continuing statutory duties for the provision of assistance. Where a local authority mistakenly but not unfairly or unlawfully concluded that a person was not a child and decided not to perform any duties towards him as a child in need under the 1989 Act, its failure to perform those duties was unlawful. The local authority could use its discretionary powers to provide services that it might have been obliged to provide if the person had been a former relevant child.’

WLR Daily, 20th November 2014

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Regina (C1 and another) v Hackney London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in children, housing, law reports, local government by sally

Regina (C1 and another) v Hackney London Borough Council [2014] EWHC 3670 (Admin); [2014] WLR (D) 507

‘The system by which one local authority handling local government responsibilities could, under section 27 of the Children Act 1989 and with mandatory effect, request another authority to assist in relation to housing did not apply as between departments within the same local authority.’

WLR Daily, 7th November 2014

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Inherently Uncertain: Is there authority for that? Questions over Birmingham’s Grooming Injunctions – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted December 2nd, 2014 in children, injunctions, news, sexual grooming, social services by sally

‘Over the last month Mr Justice Keehan has made a series of injunctions at the behest of Birmingham City Council designed to protect a vulnerable child in care from being groomed. It seems that the Orders are of such breadth that they are believed to have entered uncharted territory but there are questions whether there is any authority for this development.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 1st December 2014

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Ascertaining Children’s Wishes and Feelings – Family Law Week

Posted December 1st, 2014 in care orders, children, family courts, news by tracey

‘Paul Bishop, an independent social worker and formerly a Children’s Guardian, draws on 20 years’ experience of interviewing children involved in family proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 28th November 2014

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‘Monster’ who beat baby is given 17-year term – BBC News

‘A “monster” father who pretended to dote on his four-month-old daughter but broke her neck and damaged her spine has been given a 17-year term.’

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BBC News, 27th November 2014

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Baby P effect takes children in care numbers to 25-year high, says NAO – The Guardian

Posted November 27th, 2014 in care orders, children, news, social services by sally

‘The number of children in care has risen to its highest level for nearly 25 years following the death of Baby P and recent child sex exploitation scandals, the government’s spending watchdog has found.’

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The Guardian, 27th November 2014

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