Mothers ‘an unseen force’ in ‘honour’ abuse – BBC News

‘Mothers are the “unseen force” behind so-called honour-based abuse, inflicting violence on their daughters, a study has found. Research by Rachael Aplin, a criminologist from Leeds Beckett University, said this was often unrecognised by police.’

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BBC News, 27th June 2017

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Sentencing: ‘Developmental harm’ should be considered in child cruelty cases – Law Society’s Gazette

‘Judges would assess the developmental harm caused to a child when sentencing those convicted of child cruelty under proposals published by the Sentencing Council today.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 13th June 2017

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Child cruelty – consultation launched on sentencing guideline – Sentencing Council

Posted June 14th, 2017 in child cruelty, consultations, sentencing by tracey

‘The Sentencing Council has launched a consultation on its proposed guidelines on sentencing child cruelty.’

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Sentencing Council, 13th June 2017

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Abusive parents who try to shift blame may face tougher sentences – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2017 in child abuse, child cruelty, female genital mutilation, news, sentencing by sally

‘Tougher punishments for abusive or neglectful parents who try to shift the blame for their crimes have been recommended in proposed guidelines issued by the Sentencing Council.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2017

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Stratford baby bus death: Parents jailed for 11 years each – BBC News

‘A “devious” couple who staged their baby’s death in a “cynical charade” on a bus have been jailed for 11 years.’

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BBC News, 18th May 2017

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Shanay Walker abuse death: School and care workers criticised – BBC News

Posted April 13th, 2017 in child abuse, child cruelty, education, news, social services by sally

‘Teachers and social care staff did not show enough “professional curiosity” in a girl who died after years of abuse by her aunt, a serious case review said.’

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BBC News, 13th April 2017

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Poppy Widdison death: Mother and partner jailed for 13 years – BBC News

Posted January 20th, 2017 in child cruelty, drug abuse, news, sentencing by sally

‘A mother and her ex-partner have been jailed for 13 years each after being convicted of feeding drugs to her four-year-old daughter.’

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BBC News, 19th January 2017

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Poppy Widdison: Agencies missed chances to protect drugged girl – BBC News

Posted January 12th, 2017 in child cruelty, children, drug abuse, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Agencies missed several chances to protect a girl who died after being fed drugs by her mother, a serious case review has found.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2017

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Poppy Widdison death: Mother and partner guilty of cruelty – BBC News

Posted December 19th, 2016 in child cruelty, child neglect, news by sally

‘A mother and her ex-partner have been found guilty of child cruelty after feeding drugs to her four-year-old daughter.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2016

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Mother who stamped daughter to death appeals conviction because her lawyer was interrupted by judge – The Independent

Posted December 1st, 2016 in appeals, child cruelty, judges, news, trials by sally

‘A mother who was jailed for life after stamping to death her 21-month-old daughter has launched an appeal against her conviction.’

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The Independent, 1st December 2016

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Ellie Butler’s mother lodges ‘disrespectful’ bid to appeal convictions over six-year-old’s death – Daily Telegraph

Posted November 25th, 2016 in appeals, child cruelty, news, perverting the course of justice by tracey

‘The mother of Ellie Butler, the schoolgirl murdered by her father, has begun proceedings to appeal her convictions over her daughter’s death in a move that her own father has described as “disrespectful”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 24th November 2016

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Father found guilty of killing toddler who ‘drowned in food’ – The Guardian

Posted October 27th, 2016 in child cruelty, homicide, news by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of killing his toddler son by force-feeding him a mixture of bread and cereal.’

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The Guardian, 26th October 2016

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Sharon Shoesmith on Baby P, child protection and the tabloid media: ‘I came very close to not standing up again’ – The Guardian

‘The death of a toddler at the hands of his abusive family shocked the nation in 2007, and led to the sacking and demonisation of Sharon Shoesmith, head of Haringey children’s services. But was she just a scapegoat?’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2016

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Anger over legal aid bill for Ellie Butler’s parents – The Guardian

‘The grandfather of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler has condemned the legal aid granted to her killer father, amid reports the taxpayer picked up a bill of more than £1.5m for his legal expenses.’

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The Guardian, 6th August 2016

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Ellie Butler murder: Father displayed ‘pattern of impulsive violence’ – BBC News

‘A man who murdered his six-year-old daughter was described as displaying a “pattern of impulsive violence” months before she died, it has been revealed.’

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BBC News, 30th July 2016

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Seaside trip mum and friend locked up naked boy for hours – BBC News

Posted July 22nd, 2016 in child cruelty, news, sentencing, wounding by sally

‘A mother and her friend who locked her young son naked in a cupboard for hours while they went on a day trip to the seaside, have been jailed.’

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BBC News, 22nd July 2016

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Mother forced her children to undergo serious operations they did not need to claim £375,000 benefits – The Independent

Posted July 20th, 2016 in benefits, child cruelty, children, families, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A mother has been convicted of child cruelty after forcing her children to undergo gastric surgery they didn’t need in order to claim £375,000 in benefits.’

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The Independent, 20th July 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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Mother jailed for poisoning daughter with painkillers in breast milk – Daily Telegraph

‘A mother jailed for seven years for poisoning her one-year-old daughter by putting a powerful painkiller in her breast milk tried to blame the toddler’s father, leaving him “scarred for life”.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th May 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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