‘Shaken’ baby might return to parents – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 26th, 2016 in care orders, children, news, social services by sally

‘Plainly exhausted’ mother probably shook baby in ‘momentary loss of control’, judge concludes.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th January 2016

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These children died at the hands of their fathers when family courts failed to put them first – The Independent

‘Part of the problem is a lack of understanding of the nature and impact of domestic abuse, among judges and social workers. In particular, non-physical abuse is not well understood.’

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The Independent, 20th January 2016

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Government to change adoption law to address fall in court orders – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 19th, 2016 in adoption, care orders, children, news, social services by sally

‘The Government is to change the law to make prioritising lifelong stability for vulnerable children with a loving family a legal requirement, the Department for Education has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th January 2016

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Family judge criticised for not naming council that breached father’s rights – The Guardian

‘A family court judge has come under fire after refusing to name a council that violated a man’s parental rights by taking his four-year-old daughter into care without a proper investigation.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2016

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Section 20 Children Act 1989: Consent, Not Coercion – Issue or be Damned – Family Law Week

‘Jacqui Gilliatt, barrister, and Amy Slingo, pupil, both of Four Brick Court, set out lessons to be learned from the recent judgments concerning section 20.’

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Family Law Week, 24th November 2015

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Questioning the Use of Section 20 – Family Law Week

Posted December 3rd, 2015 in care orders, children, news, parental responsibility, social services by tracey

‘Judith Masson, Professor of Socio-legal Studies at the University of Bristol, considers section 20 of the Children Act 1989 within its broader historic, legal and practice context.’

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Family Law Week, 26th November 2015

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Mother Tania Clarence who killed children ‘overwhelmed’ – BBC News

‘A woman who killed her three children had become “overwhelmed” by their care up to four years before, a report said.’

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BBC News, 23rd November 2015

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“… this can no longer be tolerated”: a short guide to the correct use of section 20, Children Act 1989 – Family Law Week

‘Alex Laing, barrister of Coram Chambers, concludes his review of N (Children) (Adoption: Jurisdiction) by considering what the President said about section 20 agreements.’

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Family Law Week, 11th November 2015

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Gove admits the UK sentencing framework needs to be more sensitive, & 7 more things we learned at the 2015 Howard League AGM – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

‘Since his appointment as Justice Secretary & Lord Chancellor in May this year, the Rt Hon Michael Gove has maintained a fairly low profile. Aside from his Making Prisons Work speech in July, Mr Gove’s plans for the future of the Criminal Justice System have not been very clearly outlined. Although since his swearing in, to the delight of many, Gove has managed to overturn the previous Lord Chancellor, Chris Grayling’s ban on books for prisoners; scrapped plans to create a super youth prison; and halted massively controversial plans for the UK to undertake Saudi Arabian prison training contracts.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 6th November 2015

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Orphan criticises Liverpool council’s ‘token’ compensation – BBC News

Posted November 3rd, 2015 in children, compensation, duty of care, news, social services by sally

‘A man who received compensation after being failed by Liverpool social services as an orphaned child has said the award was a “token gesture”.’

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BBC News, 2nd November 2015

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Radicalisation: a proportionate response – Family Law Week

‘Sarah Williams, Legal Team Leader, Social Care Team, at London Borough of Tower Hamlets, considers the high-profile cases recently heard in the Family Division of the High Court where children or families have been considered at risk of radicalisation and, in some cases, travelling to Syria or Iraq, together with the judicial responses to those cases.’

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Family Law Week, 28th October 2015

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FGM: reporting of cases among children becomes mandatory – The Guardian

‘A duty on all teachers, doctors, nurses and social workers to report child cases of female genital mutilation (FGM) to the police will come into force next week.’

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The Guardian, 20th October 2015

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Eviction of vulnerable family led to baby’s death, says serious case review – The Independent

Posted October 15th, 2015 in children, homicide, housing, news, reports, repossession, social services by sally

‘A ten-week-old baby boy died on the night his family were evicted from their Warwickshire home, after being failed by the agencies who should have been supporting them, according to a serious case review. The circumstances around the death of the child, named ‘John’, emerged on 14 October. The baby boy was born six weeks prematurely. He and his sister Amber, who was under two, had been regarded as ‘children in in need’ by social services because of concerns over neglect.’

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The Independent, 14th October 2015

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Georgia Williams murder: Killer not stopped after previous attack – BBC News

‘A teenager hanged by a man obsessed with asphyxiating girls was failed by police and social services assigned to her killer after an earlier attack, a serious case review has found.’

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BBC News, 14th October 2015

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Cancer patient Ashya King’s parents ‘put him at risk’, report reveals – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 24th, 2015 in cancer, health, hospitals, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Ashya King, who was removed from hospital by his parents while undergoing treatment for a brain tumour, was “put at risk” by his parents, according to safeguarding report.’

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Daily Telegraph, 23rd September 2015

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Couple win £20k damages in landmark childcare case – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 22nd, 2015 in children, consent, damages, human rights, news, social services by sally

‘A couple whose children were unlawfully removed by a local authority have been awarded £10,000 each in damages for a breach of their right to a family life.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 21st September 2015

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Volunteer law project wins 95% of ‘fit for work’ test appeal cases – The Guardian

Posted September 3rd, 2015 in appeals, benefits, disabled persons, employment, law centres, news, social services by sally

‘Almost all of the 200 “fit for work“ test appeals undertaken by a student volunteer project have been won, providing more evidence of the unreliability of the government’s controversial work capability assessment (WCA).’
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The Guardian, 2nd September 2015

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Judge dismisses LIP’s bid to get solicitor jailed – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted August 19th, 2015 in children, families, litigants in person, news, social services, solicitors by sally

‘A litigant in person has failed with an attempt to have a solicitor acting for his ex-partner sent to prison.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 18th August 2015

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Successful judicial review of social services age assessment – Free Movement

‘R (on the application of GB by litigation friend, Francesco Jeff) v Oxfordshire County Council (age dispute- relevance of documents) IJR [2015] UKUT 429 (IAC) is an interesting and successful judicial review challenge to an age assessment. My colleague Shu Shin Luh was Counsel, instructed by Scott-Moncrieff & Associates.

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Free Movement, 10th August 2015

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Social care regulators receiving 150 allegations of abuse towards vulnerable adults every day – The Independent

‘Social care regulators receive 150 allegations relating to the abuse of vulnerable adults and the elderly every day, new figures reveal.’

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The Independent, 8th August 2015

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