Watchdog savages Government’s ‘disastrous’ privatisation of probation services – The Independent

Posted May 3rd, 2016 in contracting out, criminal justice, news, probation, reports by tracey

‘Serious failings in the Government’s privatisation of the probation services have been exposed in a damning report amid warnings that David Cameron’s “half-baked and reckless” policies have left the criminal justice system in a mess.’

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The Independent, 2nd May 2016

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Adoption: A Vision for Change – permanency and ‘the last resort’ – Family Law Week

Posted April 21st, 2016 in adoption, delay, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland, pupil barrister at Fourteen, considers how the Department for Education’s proposed four year plan may affect permanency options for children in care.’

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Family Law Week, 17th April 2016

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Internet watchdog finds record number of child sex abuse images – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 21st, 2016 in child abuse, indecent photographs of children, internet, news, reports by tracey

‘Record numbers of web pages containing child sexual abuse images are being detected following a dramatic rise in reports, a watchdog has revealed.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st April 2016

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The UK Competition Regime and the CMA – OUP Blog

Posted April 19th, 2016 in competition, enforcement, fines, mergers, news, reports by sally

‘On 5 February 2015, the National Audit Office (NAO) published a report entitled ‘The UK Competition Regime’. The report assesses the performance of the UK competition regulators, focusing on the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA). It concludes that the CMA has inherited certain strengths, including a positive legacy of merger and market investigation work. However, it has also inherited problems in competition enforcement, which derive, according to the NAO, from a difficult legal environment, very low business awareness of the organisation and competition law more broadly, and reputational damage caused by a series of high profile losses in court.’

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OUP Blog, 19th April 2016

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Chilcot report expected to single out senior British military figures – The Guardian

Posted April 15th, 2016 in armed forces, inquiries, news, reports, war by tracey

‘Senior military figures will be singled out for criticism alongside Tony Blair and other establishment figures in the long-awaited Chilcot report into the 2003 invasion of Iraq, which is due to be handed to Downing Street next week.’

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The Guardian, 14th April 2016

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What sort of justice do survivors of sexual war crimes want? – The Guardian

‘Convicting perpetrators of sexual violence in conflict is a milestone but we also need to enable survivors to build their future.’

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The Guardian, 12th April 2016

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Deaf school’s closure was due to abuse of residents, says regulator – The Guardian

Posted April 6th, 2016 in assault, care workers, disabled persons, news, reports by tracey

‘The sudden closure of a college for vulnerable people was due to the serious abuse of residents by staff, the health and social care regulator has revealed.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2016

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An absence of fairness: the Trade Union Bill – OUP Blog

Posted April 5th, 2016 in bills, industrial action, news, reports, trade unions, United Nations by sally

‘According to Sajid Javid, the Secretary of State for Business Innovation and Skills (BIS), the Trade Union Bill currently before Parliament is “not a ban on strike action. This is about ensuring that our rules are modern and right and fit for today’s workplace”. As the Bill progresses through the House of Lords, Mr Javid’s rosy view has been challenged by the International Labour Organisation (ILO), the UN supervisory body responsible for scrutiny of compliance with international labour standards.’

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OUP Blog, 5th April 2016

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Suicide attempts at UK immigration removal centres at all-time high – The Guardian

Posted April 5th, 2016 in deportation, detention, immigration, news, reports, statistics, suicide by sally

‘The number of suicide attempts in immigration removal centres is at an all-time high, averaging more than one a day, according to official figures.’

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The Guardian, 4th April 2016

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Government details law changes to address fall in adoption decisions – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government has set out how it plans to change the law to address falls in local authority adoption decisions and the courts’ granting of placement orders.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th March 2016

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Public sector equality duty must be beefed up, say peers – Local Government Lawyer

‘The wording of the Public Sector Equality Duty must be strengthened so that the discriminatory consequences of decisions by the Government and public authorities can no longer be ignored, peers have said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th March 2016

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Legal aid cuts add to strain on divorcees – The Guardian

‘Nine out of 10 people who have gone through the family courts, under new rules that heavily restrict access to legal aid, suffer strain in their mental and physical health, working lives and finances, according to a report by Citizens Advice due out this week.’

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The Guardian, 26th March 2016

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Police stop-and-search rules to apply to vehicle stops – BBC News

Posted March 29th, 2016 in codes of practice, news, police, reports, road traffic, stop and search by sally

‘Rules governing police stop and search in England and Wales are to be extended to vehicle stops made under the Road Traffic Act, the Home Office says.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2016

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Children: Private Law Update (March 2016) – Family Law Week

Posted March 24th, 2016 in appeals, children, domestic violence, legal aid, news, reports, social services by tracey

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

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Family Law Week, 23rd March 2016

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Iraq Fatalities Investigations: report into the death of Muhammad Abdul Ridha Salim – official-documents.gov.uk

Posted March 24th, 2016 in armed forces, human rights, inquiries, Iraq, parliamentary papers, reports by tracey

‘The report records the outcome of the third investigation into civilian deaths referred to the Iraq Fatalities Investigations by the Secretary of State for Defence.’

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Official-documents.gov.uk, 23rd March 2016

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Duty of care for disabled people in UK not being met, say peers – The Guardian

Posted March 24th, 2016 in disabled persons, duty of care, equality, news, reports, select committees by tracey

‘The government is failing in its duty of care to Britain’s 11 million disabled people, peers have said, in a House of Lords report published on Thursday. It identified a series of government failures, from inaction on long-standing provisions of the Equality Act designed to help disabled people, to repealing others that favour reducing business regulations over their rights, to the impact of spending cuts, as having a “hugely adverse impact” on those with disabilities.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2016

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Drew Review: South Yorkshire Police’s handling of abuse was ‘inadequate’ – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in child abuse, complaints, news, police, reports, sexual offences by tracey

‘South Yorkshire Police’s handling of child sexual exploitation (CSE) was “inadequate” and the force “regularly missed” opportunities to tackle the problem, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2016

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Missing children failed by police, inspectors say – BBC News

Posted March 23rd, 2016 in children, missing persons, news, police, reports by tracey

‘Children in England and Wales who go missing are being left at risk of serious harm because of “unacceptable inconsistencies” in the way police respond, the police watchdog has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd March 2016

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Fifth of women harassed at work over pregnancy or flexible hours, report finds – The Guardian

‘Three-quarters of pregnant women and new mothers experience discrimination at work and one in nine lose their job as a result, government-commissioned research has found.’

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The Guardian, 22nd March 2016

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The Briggs Review – important changes proposed for conduct of litigation in the civil courts – Zenith Chambers

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in civil justice, news, reports by sally

‘On 12 January 2016, Lord Justice Briggs published his interim report which sets out a numberof provisional recommendations for the reform of the civil courts. Briggs LJ is now in the process of having meetings with those practitioners and other interested parties most likely to be affected, the first of which took place in Sheffield on Monday 14 March 2016.’

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Zenith Chambers, 16th March 2016

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