‘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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Covert Recording by Parents – Nothing to Fear but the Truth? – Family Law Week

‘Farooq Ahmed, barrister of Westgate Chambers and recorder, addresses the legal issues arising when parents embroiled in children proceedings record conversations or events.’

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Family Law Week, 8th April 2016

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Ayeeshia Jane Smith: Mum Kathryn Smith guilty of murder – BBC News

Posted April 8th, 2016 in child abuse, murder, news, social services by tracey

‘A mother has been found guilty of murdering her 21-month-old daughter, who died with injuries likened to a car crash victim.’

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BBC News, 8th 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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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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Planning inspector removes affordable housing obligations from s106 agreement – OUT-LAW.com

Posted March 22nd, 2016 in appeals, housing, news, planning, social services by sally

‘A planning inspector has removed the affordable homes obligations from an agreement between a developer and an Oxfordshire council after finding that they rendered the proposed development economically unviable.’
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OUT-LAW.com, 16th March 2016

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Battlelines drawn as shaken baby syndrome controversy set to run – The Guardian

‘Shaken baby syndrome is back in the news. Monday’s BBC Panorama programme focused on this most contentious of subjects and was itself prompted by the General Medical Council’s prosecution of Dr Waney Squier, a consultant neuropathologist who used to give evidence against those charged with injuring their baby but now provides expert evidence in their defence. On Friday she was found guilty by the GMC of giving “expert opinion evidence outside your field of expertise” in several cases that came before the criminal or family courts, and could be struck off the medical register as a result.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2016

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Council tried to cover up failings after Poppi Worthington’s death – The Guardian

Posted March 3rd, 2016 in local government, news, reporting restrictions, social services by sally

‘A local authority criticised for failing to protect Poppi Worthington’s siblings for almost a year after her death did not discipline social workers and instead applied for a draconian order in an attempt to cover-up the failings, documents show.’

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The Guardian, 2nd March 2016

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Robert Thomas: Local Government Devolution in England – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘At last, devolution is happening in England, but there are some areas of concern especially as regards the lack of public engagement and the legal framework.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 2nd March 2016

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Government’s review of child protection must not undermine vital services – The Guardian

‘The government’s review of local safeguarding children boards (LSCBs), due to report in March, is reshaping the architecture of child protection. LSCBs are tasked with oversight of agencies that protect children, including local authorities, police, schools and health. This is a fundamental review, which implies far-reaching change, and is of huge public interest. The spotlight on this review is made more intense by the cross-departmental children’s taskforce: one key outcome from it must be a better coordinated approach across government departments.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2016

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Rape victim whose parents took opposing sides in court sent to live with her father – Independent

Posted February 17th, 2016 in families, family courts, news, rape, social services, victims by michael

‘A family court judge has made decisions about the future of a teenage girl whose parents took opposites sides after her brother went on trial accused of raping her.’

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Independent, 16 February 2016

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