Ronald McDonald and Tony the Tiger banned from junk food adverts in new crackdown – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 8th, 2016 in advertising, children, codes of practice, food, news by tracey

‘Social media sites have been ordered to block junk food adverts aimed at children under a new crackdown which also bans cartoon characters like Ronald McDonald and Tony Tiger from all promotional material of unhealthy food.’

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Daily Telegraph, 8th December 2016

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Some restraint techniques used in youth system ‘could kill children’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 6th, 2016 in children, news, personal injuries, reports, restraint, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘An internal Ministry of Justice (MoJ) assessment of restraint used against children and teenagers in young offenders institutions and secure training centres found that some techniques could kill or leave them disabled, it has been reported.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th December 2016

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Nearly half a million children a week gamble, says UK regulator – The Guardian

Posted December 1st, 2016 in advertising, children, gambling, news, reports by sally

‘Nearly half a million children a week gamble and 9,000 are problem gamblers, according to a study by the industry regulator.’

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The Guardian, 30th November 2016

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Known unknowns – Considering disability in homelessness – Nearly Legal

Posted November 29th, 2016 in appeals, autism, children, disabled persons, housing, local government, news by sally

‘In Pieretti v Enfield LBC [2010] EWCA Civ 1104 (our note) the Court of Appeal held that under (the predecessor to) the Equality Act, in the course of Housing Act 1997 Part VII inquiries, a reviewing officer was required to carry out inquiries into an applicant’s disability that the Housing Act 1996 had not previously required, i.e. where the applicant had not raised the issue but the reviewing officer was on notice that there was a possibility that the applicant’s disability would be relevant. This second appeal concerned the nature and extent of those inquiries.’

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Nearly Legal, 27th November 2016

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ASA bans Heinz Beanz’s Can Song advert for safety concerns – The Guardian

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in advertising, children, complaints, health & safety, news by tracey

‘A Heinz TV advert teaching viewers how to use cans of its baked beans to drum out a song has been banned for being dangerous for children to copy.’

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The Guardian, 23rd November 2016

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Porn sites that refuse to check ages will be forcibly blocked by regulator – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 21st, 2016 in children, internet, news, pornography by sally

‘Pornography websites that refuse to check ages before allowing people to watch explicit videos will be forcibly blocked, it has been announced.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th November 2016

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Corporeal freedom after death? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 21st, 2016 in children, consent, divorce, human rights, human tissue, news by sally

‘A great deal has been written about this case but few of the headlines reflect the humanity and sensitivity of the decision, which may not be ground breaking nor precedent setting, but reflects how the law should respond to individual wishes if those play out in a way that cannot harm anyone else. Post-mortem cryonics may have a certain morbid ring, but it is a matter of individual choice, provided the resources are there to pay for it. As the judge observed, it was:

“no surprise that this application is the only one of its kind to have come before the courts in this country, and probably anywhere else. It is an example of the new questions that science poses to the law, perhaps most of all to family law.”‘

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UK Human Rights Blog, 20th November 2016

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British born children entitled to citizenship but caught in an evidence trap – Legal Voice

Posted November 18th, 2016 in children, citizenship, evidence, news, social services by sally

‘There are many impediments to children registering their entitlement to British citizenship. Solange Valdez and Steve Symonds have previously written for Legal Voice on the separate issues of good character and Home Office fees. A whole other set of difficulties arises for many children in relation to evidence.’

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Legal Voice, 18th November 2016

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Coroner halts baby’s inquest over hospital evidence tampering claim – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2016 in children, evidence, hospitals, midwives, news by sally

‘A coroner may refer a hospital trust to the Crown Prosecution Service over allegations that a senior midwife’s evidence on the death of a five-day-old baby was tampered with.’

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The Guardian, 17th November 2016

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Ex-child soldiers to sue UK firm that hired them to be mercenaries in Iraq – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2016 in armed forces, children, Iraq, news, psychiatric damage, security companies, Sierra Leone by sally

‘Two former child soldiers have threatened legal action against the private security company Aegis Defence Services over psychological harm they say they suffered when the company recruited them as adults to work as mercenaries in Iraq.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2016

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14-year-old girl who died of cancer wins right to be cryogenically frozen – The Guardian

Posted November 18th, 2016 in cancer, children, consent, human tissue, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A 14-year-old girl who said before dying of cancer that she wanted a chance to live longer has been allowed by the high court to have her body cryogenically frozen in the hope that she can be brought back to life at a later time.’

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The Guardian, 18th November 2016

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Bar Council launches vulnerable witness advocacy training – The Bar Council

‘Pro bono training launched for advocates dealing with vulnerable witnesses.’

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The Bar Council, 14th November 2016

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Child trafficking: Scores missing from UK care homes – BBC News

‘Trafficked children and unaccompanied child asylum seekers are going missing from UK care homes at “an alarmingly high rate”, two charities have said.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2016

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Just one person fined in UK for smoking with under-18 in car – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2016 in children, fines, news, road traffic, smoking by tracey

‘Only one person has been fined for smoking in a car when children are present in the first 12 months since the ban was introduced, according to an investigation.’

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The Guardian, 13th November 2016

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New guidelines issued on questioning of vulnerable witnesses in court – The Guardian

Posted November 14th, 2016 in children, cross-examination, learning difficulties, news, witnesses by tracey

‘Guidelines say children and people with learning difficulties should not be subject to unnecessarily harsh questioning.’

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The Guardian, 14th November 2016

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U v U – WLR Daily

Posted November 8th, 2016 in appeals, children, custody, family courts, law reports by sally

U v U

‘The parents of four children, two girls now aged 16 and 14 and two boys aged 12 and 6 years old, were married in Afghanistan in 1999 and came to the United Kingdom in 2000. They were all now British citizens. From 2011 the family experienced growing disagreement between the parents, and in 2012 the father married a second woman in secret which his wife did not know about until 2014. Following a number of incidents that year in which the police had sometimes been involved the father changed the locks to the marital home, the upshot being that the mother went to alternative accommodation with the three eldest children and the youngest boy stayed with the father and his second wife. By September 2014 the relationship between the parents had broken down. Proceedings in the case had been conducted before a High Court judge over some 14 hearings. At the first main fact-finding hearing in early 2015 in respect of child placement arrangements the judge made adverse findings against the mother including that she had caused the three older children emotional harm by her negative comments and outbursts against the father, that none of the mother’s allegations against the father justified ceasing contact between them and their father, and that the judge’s concern was to restore their relationship despite the mother’s resistance to contact between them and the father. The appointment of an expert psychiatrist from a well-known child health clinic was agreed between the parties to make an assessment of the family and also to offer therapy. The expert was able to achieve meetings between the three older children and the father, but unsupervised contact between the youngest child and the mother was not achieved until early 2016. At the latter contact session with the mother the child’s fringe was found to have been cut in a rough and ready manner. Each party blamed the other for the incident. It also emerged that the father had concealed a device on the child which recorded the conversation between the mother and the child. That showed that the mother had asked whether there was a new baby in the father’s house. At the welfare hearing in March 2016 the judge had four full reports from the expert who was also present and had made some recommendations, there was no CAFCASS officer’s report, the judge made further adverse findings against the mother including that she had cut the child’s hair, that she had assaulted the father and was unlikely to change her attitude towards him or that she would promote a positive relationship between the father and the three older children, that none of her allegations against the father had been proved, that at an earlier stage he had found that the three children had had an enjoyable holiday with the father in Barcelona but that they now refused to live with him because of the emotional harm caused by the mother’s attitude, and he concluded that the father was committed to the children, that the second wife was a force for good, that he was minded to order that all the children should live with the father but in the event only the older boy was ordered to reside with the father and the boy’s younger brother, noting that such an arrangement was contrary to the ordinary course for siblings to be in the same household. The mother appealed, contending that the welfare analysis was insufficient, that the older children’s wishes and feelings had not been properly considered and that a guardian should be appointed for their separate representation’

WLR Daily, 20th October 2016

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16-year-old’s representation plight highlights pro bono dependency – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted November 8th, 2016 in appeals, care orders, children, legal representation, news, pro bono work by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed a 16-year-old involved in care proceedings to instruct her own solicitor in a case highlighting the extent to which pro bono solicitors are now needed to resolve representation challenges.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 7th November 2016

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Four men given lifelong anonymity amid fears of jigsaw identification of child – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 8th, 2016 in anonymity, children, injunctions, news, reporting restrictions, sexual offences by sally

‘Four men who were the subject of interim injunctions over suspected child sexual exploitation should have their anonymity protected for life after no action was taken against them, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd November 2016

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Ann Maguire murder could not have been foreseen, review finds – The Guardian

‘The murder of a teacher by one of her pupils during a class at a Leeds school could not have been predicted or pre-empted, an official investigation has found.’

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the Guardian, 8th November 2016

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Dying boy’s parents lose palliative care court fight – BBC News

Posted November 7th, 2016 in children, consent, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A terminally ill boy should be moved to a palliative care regime proposed by specialists despite his parents’ objections, a judge has ruled.’

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BBC News, 4th November 2016

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