The UNCRC in the Supreme Court – the impact of SG v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions – Family Law Week

Posted May 28th, 2015 in appeals, children, human rights, news, Supreme Court, treaties, United Nations by sally

‘Deirdre Fotttrell QC of 1 Garden Court Family Law Chambers considers the Supreme Court’s latest deliberations on when and how the provisions of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child are directly enforceable in English law.’
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Family Law Week, 21st May 2015

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Je suis James: Pianist finally allowed to tell his story of sexual abuse – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted May 26th, 2015 in appeals, child abuse, children, injunctions, news, publishing, Supreme Court by sally

‘The case considered whether Mr Rhodes could be prevented from publishing his memoir on the basis that to do so would constitute the tort of intentionally causing harm. Those acting on behalf of Mr Rhodes’ son were particularly concerned about the effect upon him of learning of details of his father’s sexual abuse as a child.’
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UK Human Rights Blog, 22nd May 2015

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The role of the law, in the matter of Ashya King – OUP Blog

‘Parents of a child diagnosed with a serious illness are immediately required to make decisions about their child’s medical treatment which, in order to save life, may cause pain, unpleasant side-effects and risk damaging their child’s future quality of life. The actions, last summer, of the parents of five year old Ashya King offer just one example of the lengths to which parents will go to secure the best possible treatment for their child; researching alternative treatments, securing second opinions, finding a treatment centre offering innovative or experimental treatment, travelling abroad, selling belongings or otherwise raising funds for treatment. The Internet provides access to a host of information about the side effects and risks of conventional treatment, alternative treatments available across the world – if you can pay for them – and stories of their success.’

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OUP Blog, 22nd May 2015

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Sadie Jenkins cleared of child murder bids ‘by reason of insanity’ – BBC News

Posted May 22nd, 2015 in attempts, children, drug abuse, expert witnesses, insanity, murder, news by sally

‘A Newport woman who slit the throats of two children in a drug induced trance has been cleared of attempting to murder them on grounds of insanity.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2015

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Pianist James Rhodes can publish child abuse memoir – BBC News

‘A concert pianist has won a legal battle to publish an autobiographical book giving details of sexual abuse he experienced as a child.’

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BBC News, 20th May 2015

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Council defeats second judicial review challenge to nursery education decision – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 20th, 2015 in children, education, judicial review, local government, news by sally

‘Two mothers have lost a High Court challenge to a council’s decision to stop providing full time nursery education free of charge for three-year-old children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th May 2015

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A home without a household – Nearly Legal

Posted May 20th, 2015 in benefits, children, housing, news, residence orders by sally

‘In MR v North Tyneside Council and Secretary of State for Work and Pensions (Housing and council tax benefits : other) [2015] UKUT 34 (AAC) [Our report], we saw the Upper Tribunal accept the DWP argument on the position of ‘shared care’ families for bedroom tax purposes. In short, the child’s only ‘home’ was with the person receiving child benefit. It may yet turn out to be significant that that decision was not the result of an argued hearing, only the DWP turning up.’

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Nearly Legal, 19th May 2015

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Inside the secret court that helps victims of drug abuse keep their families together – The Guardian

‘Seven years ago, the Family Drug and Alcohol Court began in London: now it is being extended to England and Wales.’

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The Guardian, 17th May 2015

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Women in prison equals children without mothers, say justice groups – The Independent

‘12,000 women are sentenced each year in the UK – leaving about 20,000 children without mothers, according to Women in Prison’

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The Independent, 16th May 2015

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Men-only divorce law firm for fathers feeling let down by family courts to open in London – The Independent

Posted May 18th, 2015 in children, divorce, law firms, news, sex discrimination by sally

‘Men-only divorce law firms look set to be the latest import from America as Britain’s first practice targeting fathers who feel hard done by in the family courts sets up in London.’

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The Independent, 17th May 2015

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Best interests of children in immigration cases – Free Movement

Posted May 15th, 2015 in children, detention, immigration, news by tracey

‘Those working with migrant children have known this all along, but in March we had some official confirmation from a Parliamentary committee: the situation of migrant children in the UK is getting worse, not better.’

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Free Movement, 14th May 2015

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Lithuanian MPs petition Lords Speaker over child custody case – The Guardian

‘A delegation of Lithuanian MPs has written to the House of Lords complaining about the removal of a 12-year-old girl from her mother, alleging that she is being deprived of her cultural inheritance. The letter, sent to the Speaker of the House of Lords, Lady D’Souza, is the second high-profile intervention by a Baltic state in UK care proceedings this year and reflects a growing rift between EU states over practices in custody proceedings.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2015

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Police missed chance to catch paedophile Jimmy Savile seven years ago, watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted May 13th, 2015 in child abuse, children, news, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘Police missed the chance to investigate paedophile Jimmy Savile back in 2008 after they mishandled a claim made by a woman that she was attacked by the disgraced DJ, a watchdog investigation has found.’

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The Independent, 12th May 2015

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Information Commissioner’s Office to review privacy in children’s apps – The Guardian

Posted May 13th, 2015 in children, computer programs, data protection, news, privacy by tracey

‘Children’s apps and websites are in the spotlight on privacy grounds again, after the UK’s Information Commissioner’s Office (ICO) announced a review of how these services collect data on their young users.’

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The Guardian, 12th May 2015

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Adoption rates in freefall after court ruling leaves children languishing in unsuitable homes – The Independent

Posted May 13th, 2015 in adoption, children, families, local government, news, statistics by tracey

‘The number of children being put forward for adoption has plummeted over the past year following a series of court rulings that have left local authorities frightened of removing them from birth families.’

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The Independent, 12th May 2015

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Mother in legal battle to bear dead daughter’s child – BBC News

Posted May 8th, 2015 in bereavement, children, consent, families, grandparents, news, pregnancy, surrogacy by tracey

‘A mother is launching a legal battle for possession of her dead daughter’s frozen eggs so that she can become pregnant with her own grandchild.’

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The Guardian, 8th May 2015

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The Law and Parenthood – BBC Unreliable Evidence

Posted May 7th, 2015 in children, news, parental rights by sally

‘In the first of a news series, Clive Anderson and a panel of senior lawyers, judges and other experts discuss how the law balances the sometimes conflicting interests of parents and their children.’

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BBC Unreliable Evidence, 6th May 2015

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Baby girl removed from ‘homophobic’ biological mother after court battle – The Independent

‘A High Court Judge has ruled that a baby girl conceived through surrogacy should be placed with her father and his partner after her biological mother was deemed “homophobic”.’

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The Independent, 6th May 2015

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Miu Miu ad banned for appearing to sexualise a child – The Guardian

Posted May 6th, 2015 in advertising, children, media, news by sally

‘An ad campaign for fashion brand Miu Miu that ran in Vogue magazine has been banned for appearing to sexualise a child.’

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The Guardian, 6th May 2015

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Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

Posted April 30th, 2015 in children, costs, domestic violence, evidence, news by sally

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 29th April 2015

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