High Court rules council acted unlawfully in cuts to short break funding – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 28th, 2016 in budgets, charities, children, equality, holidays, local government, news by tracey

‘The High Court has ruled that a local authority acted unlawfully when it reduced funding to voluntary sector organisations that offer short breaks to disabled children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th July 2016

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Seen and heard? Children as witnesses in family proceedings – Family Law Week

‘Damian Stuart, Barrister, FOURTEEN, re-visits Baroness Hale’s seminal speech in Re W (Children) (Abuse: Oral Evidence) in the light of Lord Justice McFarlane’s recent judgment in Re E (A Child).’

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Family Law Week, 22nd July 2016

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Seaside arcade ordered to pay £300 to girl, 8, after refusing to give her prize – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 27th, 2016 in children, compensation, gambling, news by sally

‘A seaside amusement arcade has been ordered to pay back more than £300 to an eight-year-old girl because they refused to give her a prize.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th July 2016

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Why children should be barred from cells – Legal Voice

Posted July 26th, 2016 in children, detention, news, police by sally

‘Shauneen Lambe explains why Just for Kids Law is calling for urgent reform in the way arrested children are treated.’

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Legal Voice, 26th July 2016

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Migrant children are being failed by UK, says Lords committee report – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2016 in asylum, children, detention, immigration, news, refugees, reports, select committees by sally

‘The UK is shirking its responsibility to care for thousands of unaccompanied migrant children, dismissing them as “somebody else’s problem”, a report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2016

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Criminal injuries compensation – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The courts have tackled the issue of compensation for criminal injuries inflicted before birth.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 25th July 2016

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Severely disabled baby should be allowed to die, judge rules – The Guardian

Posted July 25th, 2016 in children, disabled persons, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A severely disabled baby who has been on a ventilator since he was 18 minutes old should be allowed to die, a high court judge has ruled.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2016

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Ben Butler to appeal against conviction for murdering daughter Ellie – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in appeals, children, murder, news by sally

‘A man who murdered his six-year-old daughter 11 months after the high court returned her to his custody is appealing against his conviction and life sentence.’

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The Guardian, 22nd July 2016

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Government accused of scrapping pledge to end child detention in prison-style immigration removal centres – The Independent

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in children, detention, families, immigration, news by sally

‘The Government has been accused of quietly ditching its policy of ending child detention in prison-style immigration centres after it announced the closure of new flagship accommodation for families being removed from the UK.’

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The Independent, 22nd July 2016

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Coroner could reopen inquest into murdered Ellie Butler – The Guardian

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in children, inquests, murder, news by sally

‘The inquest into the death of a six-year-old girl who was murdered by her father could be reopened, the Guardian can reveal.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Teenager sues after repeatedly being held overnight in police cell – The Guardian

Posted July 21st, 2016 in children, detention, local government, news, police, young persons by tracey

‘Test case against Met police and Islington council brought on behalf of 14-year-old boy by Just for Kids Law, which says cells are not fit places for children.’

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The Guardian, 21st July 2016

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Barristers still face flexible working penalty – The Bar Council

‘The Bar Council has launched a new flexible working guide for chambers, which includes proposals for possible rent reductions for those barristers seeking to work reduced hours or away from chambers because of care responsibilities.’

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The Bar Council, 19th July 2016

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Grieving parents told to ‘not pick fight with the NHS’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 20th, 2016 in bereavement, children, doctors, families, hospitals, news, standards by tracey

‘The parents of a toddler who died after doctors missed signs of sepsis were told not to “pick a fight with the NHS, you will lose” when they questioned the quality of his care. The revelation emerged following publication of a damning report that accused the organisations responsible of being incapable of accepting their shortcomings in the case.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th July 2016

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Police watchdog criticises force over delays in children’s cases – The Guardian

Posted July 20th, 2016 in child abuse, children, delay, news, ombudsmen, police, sexual grooming, sexual offences by tracey

‘A police force has been criticised by independent inspectors for not always responding quickly enough when children are at risk of sexual exploitation. HM Inspectorate of Constabulary said the delays by Devon and Cornwall police could result in children being put at risk of significant harm, and the causes needed to be tackled promptly.’

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The Guardian, 20th July 2016

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Mother forced her children to undergo serious operations they did not need to claim £375,000 benefits – The Independent

Posted July 20th, 2016 in benefits, child cruelty, children, families, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A mother has been convicted of child cruelty after forcing her children to undergo gastric surgery they didn’t need in order to claim £375,000 in benefits.’

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The Independent, 20th July 2016

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Optometrist Honey Rose guilty over Vincent Barker death – BBC News

Posted July 18th, 2016 in children, homicide, negligence, news by sally

‘An optometrist who failed to spot an eye condition in a boy who later died has been found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter.’

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BBC News, 15th July 2016

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Level of Support – Local Government Law

Posted July 15th, 2016 in children, housing, human rights, local government, news by tracey

‘In R (C, T, M and U) v Southwark LBC (2016) EWCA Civ 707 the claimants challenged the lawfulness of the accommodation and the level of financial support provided by Southwark Council to a family who have no right of recourse to public funds.’

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Local Government Law, 13th July 2016

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Nurse accused of botching procedure is cleared of manslaughter – The Guardian

Posted July 15th, 2016 in children, homicide, news, nurses by tracey

‘A nurse who was accused of botching the insertion of a feeding tube into a 10-year-old girl’s stomach has been cleared of the child’s manslaughter.’

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The Guardian, 14th July 2016

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Church of England apologises for abuses at Kent children’s home – The Guardian

Posted July 14th, 2016 in care homes, child abuse, children, Church of England, news, reports by tracey

‘The Church of England has offered a “whole-hearted apology” to hundreds of emotionally disturbed adolescent girls placed at a church-run children’s home where residents were drugged, locked up and physically and sexually abused over a 20-year period.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2016

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NA (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; KJ (Angola) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; WM (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; MY (Kenya) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

NA (Pakistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; KJ (Angola) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; WM (Afghanistan) v Secretary of State for the Home Department; MY (Kenya) v Secretary of State for the Home Department [2016] EWCA Civ 662

‘The claimant foreign nationals, NA, KJ, WM and MY, who had resided for significant periods of time in the United Kingdom, were convicted of offences to which they were sentenced to periods of imprisonment of 12 months or more. As a result, they fell within the definition of foreign criminals in section 32 of the UK Border Act 2007, in respect of whom the Secretary of State was liable to make a deportation order, subject to the exceptions in section 33, which included where deportation would breach the offender’s rights under the European Convention for the Protection of Human Rights and Fundamental Freedoms. The claimants in each case made representations against their deportation in reliance on their rights to a private and family life under article 8 of the Convention. Paragraph 398 of the Immigration Rules, as they applied between July 2012 and 27 July 2014 (“the 2012 Rules”), provided that when assessing a claim that deportation would be contrary to an offender’s rights under article 8 of the Convention, the Secretary of State was required to consider whether the circumstances in paragraph 399 and 399A of the 2012 Rules existed, and that if they did not, it was only in exceptional circumstances that the public interest in deportation would be outweighed by other factors. The circumstances: (1) in paragraph 399 were that the claimant had a genuine and subsisting parental relationship with a child dependent on the claimant or a partner and it was not reasonable to expect the child to leave the United Kingdom or there were insurmountable obstacles to family life with the partner continuing outside the United Kingdom; and (2) in paragraph 399A were the long residence of the claimant in the United Kingdom and lack of family, social or cultural ties with the country to which he was to be removed. Pararaphs 399 and 399A applied to offenders sentenced to imprisonment for at least 12 months but less than four years (“medium offenders”) but not to those sentenced to periods of four years or more (“serious offenders”). ‘

WLR Daily, 16th June 2016

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