Ellie Butler judge ‘took unwarranted steps’ to reunite her with violent parents – The Guardian

‘A senior judge in the family court took “unwarranted” extra steps in reuniting a man with a violent and criminal past with his young daughter 11 months before he beat her to death, the author of a serious case review has said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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Ben Butler guilty of murdering daughter Ellie – BBC News

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering his six-year-old daughter just 11 months after she was returned to his care following a custody battle’

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BBC News, 21st June 2016

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They think they’ve got away: How to catch a historical sex offender – BBC News

‘Sex offenders think they’ll get away with it. And often they do. Sometimes it can take years to bring them to justice, while others escape retribution altogether. So how do you go about making sure perpetrators of horrendous crimes committed in the distant past are caught and convicted?’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Mental health services missed chances to save suicidal teenager, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2016 in health, inquests, mental health, news, social services, suicide, young persons by tracey

‘Social care agencies missed opportunities to help a 17-year-old girl who took her own life months after being removed from a child protection plan, a coroner has ruled. Katy Skerrett, the senior coroner for Gloucestershire, said there had been a lack of communication between mental health and social care professionals in the treatment provided to Anielka Jennings.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2016

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High Court quashes appointment of social worker to supervise sex offender – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2016 in child abuse, local government, news, social services, supervision orders by sally

‘City and County of Swansea Council has succeeded in having a court order quashed that would have made an inexperienced and unwilling social worker the supervisor of a child sex offender.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2016

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Poppi Worthington: ‘normalised’ troubled background meant alarm bells never sounded – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 14th, 2016 in child abuse, inquests, news, reports, social services by sally

‘A total lack of “professional curiosity” by health workers about the troubled family background of the toddler Poppi Worthington meant vital questions which might have prevented her death were never asked, an official report finds.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th June 2016

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EU court rejects child benefits challenge – BBC News

Posted June 14th, 2016 in benefits, children, EC law, immigration, news, social services, tax credits by sally

‘A challenge to the UK’s right to deny some EU migrants child benefit and child tax credits has been rejected by European judges.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2016

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More than 1,200 FGM cases recorded across England in three months – The Guardian

‘Midwives have called for renewed efforts to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) after more than 1,200 cases were recorded across England in just three months. This includes 11 Britons who were identified as being subject to FGM.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2016

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Would mandatory reporting help stop child abuse? – The Guardian

‘The proposal to introduce mandatory reporting in the victims of crime bill has divided opinion – an objective discussion is needed.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2016

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Drug counsellors, how could drug legislation be improved? – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2016 in consultations, drug abuse, drug offences, news, social services by sally

‘As an annual survey finds MDMA is making a comeback, we want to hear from those who work with addiction about reducing the damage of drug misuse.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2016

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‘Dangerous’ police recording system putting children at risk, MPs say – The Guardian

‘At least 10,000 children who go missing could be at “terrible risk” because a “dangerous” police recording system means they fall off the radar, an all-party group of MPs has said. Ann Coffey, the Labour chair of the all-party inquiry, said that a new “absent” category introduced in the police recording system was dangerous and should be scrapped.’

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The Guardian, 26th May 2016

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The new era promised by the Care Act is yet to arrive – The Guardian

‘One year after the act came into force, the momentum behind the changes risks being lost.’

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The Guardian, 23rd May 2016

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Council to pay £17,500 damages to 14 year old for human rights breaches – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has ordered a county council to pay £17,500 in damages to a 14-year-old girl in care for breaches of her human rights.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th May 2016

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Questions and Answers – Nearly Legal

‘A judicial review of a decision on a s.17 Children Act 1989 assessment of a homeless, non-eligible family. The issues were the extent of investigations required, and legitimate conclusions to be drawn from a lack of information provided.’

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Nearly Legal, 8th May 2016

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Serious case review to probe whether toddler battered to death by foster mother could have been saved – Daily Telegraph

‘Social services are facing questions after a “barbaric” woman beat an 18-month-old girl in her care to death, inflicting 200 injuries on her and trying to blame her eldest son for the child’s death.’

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Daily Telegraph, 3rd May 2016

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Age assessment and litigation fairness – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 3rd, 2016 in appeals, children, immigration, news, social services, tribunals by tracey

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down a wide-reaching judgment that directly concerns age assessment cases, but the principles enunciated apply to all litigation (private and public), writes Peter Oldham QC.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th April 2016

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Judge rejects challenge over refusal of support under s.17 Children Act – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 3rd, 2016 in children, housing, news, social services by tracey

‘A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge brought by a claimant via her mother over a London borough’s decision to refuse to provide accommodation and support.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd 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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Senior childcare lawyer warns of pressures from “remorseless” rise in cases – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 19th, 2016 in care orders, children, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A significant rise in public law children cases is putting more pressure on social workers and child care lawyers, all of whom are experiencing significant budgetary cutbacks, a senior local authority lawyer has warned.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th April 2016

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Ayeeshia Jane Smith murder: Mother jailed for at least 24 years – BBC News

Posted April 12th, 2016 in child abuse, inquiries, murder, news, sentencing, social services by sally

‘A “devious” and “selfish” mother has been jailed for at least 24 years for stamping her toddler daughter to death.’

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BBC News, 11th April 2016

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