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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Judge criticises social worker over report which ‘might just as well have been written in a foreign language’ – The Independent

Posted August 3rd, 2015 in family courts, judges, news, reports, social services by sally

‘A social worker’s report on a woman who wanted to care for two children might as well have been “written in a foreign language”, a family court judge has suggested.’

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The Independent, 3rd August 2015

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The un-named baby appeal [2014] EWCA Civ. 1524 – Tanfield Chambers

‘On the 9th October 2014, the Court of Appeal heard a number of applications for permission to appeal by the parents of two children, who had been the subject of care and placement orders.’

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Tanfield Chambers, 18th June 2015

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Norwich paedophile ring: Woman at centre of gang who made children ‘sexual play things’ guilty of 23 offences – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2015 in child abuse, conspiracy, gangs, news, rape, sexual offences, social services, women by sally

‘A woman has been found guilty of being at the centre of a paedophile ring which set children up as “sexual play-things” over more than a decade.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2015

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David Cameron orders crackdown on summer surge of FGM cases – The Guardian

‘New laws aimed at preventing young girls being taken abroad to undergo female genital mutilation are to be fast-tracked within weeks, amid fears that the number of cases could soar during the summer holidays.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2015

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Watchdog praises Care Act implementation but warns of burden on councils – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 12th, 2015 in budgets, community care, local government, news, reports, social services by sally

‘he Department of Health’s cost estimates and chosen funding mechanisms for implementing the first phase of the Care Act 2014 have put local authorities under increased financial risk given the uncertain level of demand for adult social care, the National Audit Office has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th June 2015

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NSPCC queries High Court judge’s smacking remarks – BBC News

‘Children need to be protected from being physically abused by their parents irrespective of “cultural sensitivities”, a UK charity has said.’

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BBC News, 10th June 2015

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Make allowances for immigrants who slap their children, says high court judge – The Guardian

‘Police and social workers should make allowances for immigrants who slap or hit their children when investigating allegations of physical abuse, a high court judge has said.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2015

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‘Shaming failure’ to protect Eccles cellar girl – BBC News

Posted June 9th, 2015 in news, reports, social services, trafficking in human beings by tracey

‘A girl who was kept in a cellar and repeatedly raped was the victim of a “shaming failing” by those who should have protected her, a report has said. An independent review published by Salford Safeguarding Board said it was “difficult to think of a more vulnerable child”.’

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BBC News, 8th June 0215

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New law will force councils to merge services to improve adoption rates – The Guardian

Posted May 26th, 2015 in adoption, bills, local government, news, social services by sally

‘Councils will be forced to merge services in order to speed up adoption rates, according to plans to be set out in the Queen’s speech next week. Adoption is “happening at too small and localised a scale”, the Department for Education said, and mergers would slash waiting times by increasing the pool of potential adopters.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2015

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A blind eye to Nelson – Nearly Legal

Posted May 14th, 2015 in benefits, housing, news, social services, tribunals by tracey

‘A couple of bedroom tax decisions, one Upper Tribunal, one FTT, both of which involve findings for the tenant in the landscape after the Upper Tribunal decision in Nelson (SSWP v David Nelson and Fife Council, SSWP v James Nelson and Fife Council [2014] UKUT 0525 (AAC) – our report). Given that we appear to be stuck with the bedroom tax for the next 5 years at least, this is the landscape unless the Supreme Court does something dramatic in MA & Ors.’

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Nearly Legal, 12th May 2015

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Ofsted inspections harm children’s services, says report – BBC News

Posted April 29th, 2015 in children, local government, news, school children, social services, teachers by sally

‘Ofsted inspections of children’s services are outdated and do not always protect vulnerable children, according to a new report.’

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BBC News, 29th April 2015

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Confusion reigns over new social care laws – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 27th, 2015 in community care, local government, news, social services, statutory duty by sally

‘A statute modernising adult social care law that came into force this month could expose local authorities to greater litigation risks.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 27th April 2015

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Rents and Equality. Barnet, again – Nearly Legal

‘It appears that Barnet Council (via the Mayor’s casting vote) are determined to carry on with their plan to raise rents for council tenants, new and existing, to 80% of market rent or top of LHA rates, whichever is lowest.’

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Nearly Legal, 15th April 2015

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Child sexual exploitation disruption orders: preventing is better than reacting – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted April 10th, 2015 in child abuse, crime prevention, news, police, social services by tracey

‘The Local Government Association (LGA) has called for new orders to curb sexual predators, stating that the next government should introduce a new type of banning order to stop those suspected of grooming children for sexual exploitation.The LGA is calling for the introduction of “disruption orders”, which would be backed by the courts and give social workers and police a way of intervening in child sexual exploitation when they suspect something is going on, but cannot provide evidence to bring a criminal prosecution without a child having been already harmed.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 9th April 2015

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The Care Act 2014: Charging for Care and Support – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in costs, disabled persons, elderly, news, social services by sally

‘This paper considers the key changes introduced by the Care Act 2014 (“the Act”) in
relation to charging for care and support, including deferred payments. (It does not
set out each element of the charging scheme, much of which is unchanged).’

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Doughty Street Chambers, March 2015

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The Care Act 2014: Carer’s Needs and Eligibility – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in carers, disabled persons, elderly, legislation, news, social services by sally

‘This paper considers the eligibility criteria in relation to carers under the Care
Act 2014 (“the Act”), and what duties and powers local authorities are under
to meet eligible needs. The eligibility provisions in the Act are augmented by
the Care and Support Statutory Guidance of October 2014 (“the Guidance”),
Chapter 6, Assessment and eligibility.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, March 2015

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Safeguarding and the Care Act 2014 – Doughty Street Chambers

Posted April 2nd, 2015 in disabled persons, elderly, local government, news, social services by sally

‘This paper provides a brief overview of the provisions of the Care Act 2014
(“CA 2014”) and accompanying guidance directed at safeguarding vulnerable
adults.’

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Doughty Street Chambers, March 2015

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