Grooming bans could stop child sex abuse say councils – BBC News

Posted March 26th, 2015 in local government, news, sexual grooming, social services by sally

‘Councils in England and Wales want new powers to combat predatory men suspected of grooming children for sex.’

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BBC News, 26th March 2015

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Amina Agboola murder: Death ‘not preventable’, review concludes – BBC News

Posted March 20th, 2015 in child cruelty, domestic violence, murder, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘The death of a toddler killed by a violent kick to her stomach by her mother’s boyfriend could not have been foreseen, a report has concluded.’

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BBC News, 19th March 2015

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The Care Act 2014: Overview – Thirty Nine Essex Street

Posted March 20th, 2015 in carers, community care, health, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The Care Act adopts and implements many of the recommendations of the Law Commission on Adult Social Care (published 11 May 2011). It is the largest single piece of community care legislation since the great Beveridge reforms of 1948, sweeping away and re-codifying more than 50 years worth of law and policy.’

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Thirty Nine Essex Street, February 2015

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‘How not to embark upon, and pursue, a care case’ – Park Square Barristers

Posted March 19th, 2015 in care orders, news, placement orders, social services by sally

‘In the 2014 case Re R (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1625, the president considered the post-Re B & -Re B-S landscape, stressing that ‘Re B-S was not intended to change and has not changed the law’ [para. 44] on adoption. The president’s judgment clarified that, in the wake of Re B and Re B-S, it is not right to say that an application for a placement order now has to ‘surmount a much higher hurdle’ or to exclaim that ‘adoption is over’.’

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Park Square Barristers, 25th February 2015

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Lawyers, Social Workers and the Proportionality Test – Family Law Week

‘David Bedingfield, barrister of 4 Paper Buildings, considers the President’s judgment in A (A Child) [2015] EWFC 11 and the lessons to be derived by practitioners.’

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Family Law Week, 9th March 2015

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Ofsted finds authorities wanting on child social care – BBC News

Posted March 10th, 2015 in care homes, children, delay, local government, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Child social care is “inadequate” or “requires improvement” in three-quarters of the local authorities in England inspected by Ofsted last year.’

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BBC News, 10th March 2015

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PM: Staff and members to face criminal offence of ‘wilful neglect’ over CSE – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Government is to consult on extending the new criminal offence of ‘wilful neglect’ of patients to children’s social care, education and elected members in a bid to eradicate “the culture of denial”, the Prime Minister has announced.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd March 2015

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Professionals blamed Oxfordshire girls for their sexual abuse, report finds – The Guardian

‘Police and social workers in Oxfordshire had a tainted perception that girls as young as 11 consented to sex with men who raped and brutalised them, an independent report into the failure to stop their exploitation has said.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2015

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Jail those who turn a blind eye to child abuse, says Cameron – The Guardian

‘Teachers, social workers who work with children and councillors could face up to five years in prison if they turn a blind eye to child abuse under proposals to be set out on Tuesday by David Cameron.’

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The Guardian, 3rd March 2015

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Serious case review slams police failure in serial abuse of Oxford girls – The Guardian

‘More than 300 young people have been groomed and sexually exploited by gangs of men in Oxfordshire in the past 15 years, a damning report into the failures of police and social services to stop years of sexual torture, trafficking and rape will reveal, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 1st March 2015

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Council defeats High Court challenge to consultation on adult care cuts – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has rejected a legal challenge to Trafford Metropolitan Borough Council’s consultation on its proposal to cut its adult social care budget for 2015/16.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th February 2015

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Boy, seven, died despite 18 opportunities for social services to act – The Guardian

Posted February 19th, 2015 in child abuse, children, homicide, news, reports, social services by sally

‘A seven-year-old boy died after the authorities failed for four years to take action despite 18 opportunities to step in, a Serious Case Review has found.’

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The Guardian, 18th February 2015

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Judge criticises council after toddler taken into care over father’s links to English Defence League – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 18th, 2015 in care orders, case management, children, local government, news, social services by sally

‘Sir James Munby says approach taken by Darlington Borough Council “almost a textbook example of how not to pursue a care case” over fears of links to EDL.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th February 2015

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Law to make reporting of FGM mandatory – BBC News

‘Professionals who fail to report cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) in children could face the sack under a new law for England and Wales.’

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BBC News, 12 February 2015

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Council to pay £17k damages for “truly lamentable” failures in child care case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 6th, 2015 in care orders, child abuse, children, damages, delay, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A High Court judge has ordered a county council to pay £17,000 in damages under the Human Rights Act following a “truly lamentable” catalogue of errors, omissions, delays and serial breaches of court orders in a child care case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th February 2015

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Maximum benefit fraud fines could be increased to £5,000 – BBC News

Posted January 29th, 2015 in benefits, fines, fraud, news, social services by sally

‘The maximum administrative penalty for benefit fraud that can be offered as an alternative to prosecution could be doubled under government proposals.’

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BBC News, 29th January 2015

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Elderly man ‘held prisoner’ in care home – Daily Telegraph

‘An elderly man suffering from dementia was treated like a “prisoner” after social workers dispatched him to a nursing home against his and his family’s wishes without going through proper legal processes, a formal investigation has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 28th January 2015

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£60k compensation for pensioner, 91, locked away from his cat – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 22nd, 2015 in care homes, compensation, costs, detention, elderly, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘Judge says it is ‘hard to imagine a more depressing and inexcusable’ case than that of the WWII veteran taken from his home against his wishes by Essex council.’

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Daily Telegraph, 21st January 2015

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Councils must be more proactive to prevent FGM, says top judge – The Guardian

‘Local authorities need to be “proactive and vigilant” in taking measures to prevent girls being subjected to the “great evil” of female genital mutilation, the most senior family court judge in England and Wales has said.’

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The Guardian, 14th January 2015

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Man banned from having sex with wife by High Court judge – Daily Telegraph

‘Bangladeshi man claims he has right under his culture to have sex with wife, who has mental age of a child, whenever he pleases and she has no right to refuse.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th December 2014

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