Court of Appeal judge admits concern at “tortuous” process following fact-finding hearing in care proceedings but dismisses appeal – Local Government Lawyer

Posted February 1st, 2023 in appeals, care orders, child cruelty, children, families, local government, news by sally

‘A Court of Appeal judge has dismissed a mother’s appeal in care proceedings, despite expressing a number of concerns “about the prolonged and tortuous process that followed the fact-finding hearing”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st January 2023

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Logan Mwangi: Murder prompts information sharing review – BBC News

‘The murder of a five-year-old boy has prompted a review into how the NHS, social services, police and schools share information. It was one of the recommendations of the report into Logan Mwangi’s death which ministers said will be adopted.’

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BBC News, 25th November 2022

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Logan Mwangi murder: Report into Sarn river death due – BBC News

Posted November 24th, 2022 in child cruelty, children, doctors, families, murder, news, social services by sally

‘The involvement of professionals in the life of a five-year-old who was murdered by his family and dumped in a river will be put under the spotlight.’

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BBC News, 24th November 2022

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Sebastian Kalinowski: couple jailed for murdering teenage son – The Guardian

‘A woman and her partner have each been sentenced to 39 years in prison for the “horrific” murder of 15-year-old Sebastian Kalinowski.’

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The Guardian, 4th November 2022

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Mother of tragic baby Andrew guilty of child cruelty – The Independent

Posted October 25th, 2022 in child cruelty, domestic violence, homicide, news by sally

‘A mother has been found guilty of cruelty towards her young son, who was killed by her boyfriend.’

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The Independent, 24th October 2022

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Rikki Neave police ‘ignored scientific evidence’ – BBC News

‘Six-year-old Rikki Neave disappeared after leaving home for school in November 1994 – his body was discovered the following day. A BBC investigation has found that police ignored scientific evidence to build a case against his mother, leaving his killer free for more than 20 years.’

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BBC News, 3rd October 2022

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Failure to remove claims now harder to strike out – Local Government Lawyer

‘Claimants in two unconnected cases recently won their appeals over the striking out of their claims in negligence brought against the local authorities arising out of the exercise of their statutory functions under the Children Act 1989. Sarah Erwin-Jones and Louse Fisher consider the implications of this decision.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 16th September 2022

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Consultation: Revisions to sentencing guidelines for child cruelty offences – Family Law

‘The Sentencing Council is consulting on updated sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of child cruelty offences, including causing or allowing death or serious injury, or neglect in England and Wales.’

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Family Law, 11th August 2022

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Tony Hudgell’s adoptive mother ‘over the moon’ that his abuser may stay in jail – The Independent

‘The adoptive mother of Tony Hudgell, a little boy who was tortured by his parents, has said she is “over the moon” that his birth mother may not be released from jail this week as planned.’

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The Independent, 11th August 2022

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Draft sentencing guidelines for child cruelty offences published – Sentencing Council

Posted August 4th, 2022 in child cruelty, news, sentencing by tracey

‘The Council is consulting on updated sentencing guidelines for offenders convicted of child cruelty offences in England and Wales.’

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Sentencing Council, 4th August 2022

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Logan Mwangi murder: Mum, stepdad and teen sentenced – BBC News

‘A mother, stepfather and a teenager have been given life sentences for murdering five-year-old Logan Mwangi and dumping his body in a river.’

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BBC News, 30th June 2022

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Councils pledge not to ignore families’ warnings about vulnerable children – The Guardian

‘Council officials have pledged to give more weight to warnings from wider family members about vulnerable children after the murders of Arthur Labinjo-Hughes and Star Hobson, after alarms raised by relatives were disregarded before their deaths.’

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The Guardian, 28th June 2022

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Tony’s Law: Child abusers face tougher sentences as law changes – BBC News

‘Child abusers in England and Wales could now face life in jail as tougher sentencing powers come into force.’

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BBC News, 28th June 2022

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Logan Mwangi murder: ‘Jurors should be offered support’ – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2022 in child cruelty, children, juries, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘Jurors who have to see and hear harrowing evidence during a trial should be given more support, an academic has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2022

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The Observer view on failures of the child protection system – The Guardian

‘Two decades after the Victoria Climbié case led to an inquiry, recent deaths show we have learned little from such tragedies.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2022

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James Watson found guilty of murdering Rikki Neave in 1994 – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2022 in child cruelty, children, DNA, families, forensic science, murder, news, young offenders by sally

‘A 41-year-old man described as a “fantasist” and a “monster” has been found guilty of the murder of the schoolboy Rikki Neave, who was found strangled in woods near Peterborough nearly 28 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2022

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Logan Mwangi: mother, stepfather and unnamed teen found guilty of murder – The Guardian

‘A five-year-old boy was murdered by his mother, stepfather and a 14-year-old youth after months of abuse and imprisonment in the “dungeon” of his small, dark bedroom, a jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2022

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Wales introduces ban on smacking and slapping children – The Guardian

Posted March 21st, 2022 in assault, child cruelty, children, families, news, Wales by sally

‘Smacking and slapping children has been outlawed in Wales, with people told to contact social services or police if they see a parent or carer meting out physical punishment.’

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The Guardian, 21st March 2022

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Mother of murdered toddler Star Hobson has sentence increased – The Guardian

‘The mother of Star Hobson has had her prison sentence for her role in the toddler’s death increased by four years.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2022

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Jealous mother who ran over love rival made pregnant by the father of her child is jailed – The Independent

‘A jealous mother has been jailed for three years for running over a love rival who had been made pregnant by the father of her child.’

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The Independent, 28th February 2022

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