Court of Appeal to hear child’s ‘failure to remove’ claim under the Human Rights Act – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has agreed to hear an appeal of a claim that Worcestershire County Council and Birmingham City Council both failed to remove a boy (AB) from the care of his mother.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd September 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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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Court of Appeal reopens claims on child abuse duty of care – Law Society’s Gazette

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that negligence claims against local authorities over their duty of care to abused children must be heard in court.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st September 2022

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Child protection agencies failed son of drug addict, review finds – The Guardian

‘A severely asthmatic seven-year-old boy who died “gasping for air” alone at night was failed by child protection agencies who “could and should have done better”, a serious case review has found.’

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The Guardian, 1st 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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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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Supreme Court to rule next week on appellate courts, proportionality assessments and care orders – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court will next week (15 June) hand down its ruling on whether, when an appellate court reviews a first instance decision concerning the proportionality of orders made under the courts’ obligations under the Human Rights Act 1998, it is necessary for the appellate court to undertake its own proportionality assessment of that decision.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th June 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Reports of Calcot abuse prompt calls for reform of children’s social care in UK – The Guardian

‘Ministers are facing calls for urgent reform of the children’s residential care system in the wake of shocking reports of vulnerable youngsters being abused and sexually assaulted at homes run by a private firm making huge profits.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2022

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Woman sentenced to 20 years in prison over death of asthmatic son – The Guardian

‘A heroin addict convicted of fatally neglecting her seven-year-old son, who died alone in a garden from an asthma attack, has been jailed for 20 years.’

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The Guardian, 28th April 2022

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Social workers failed to act quickly to protect neglected toddler, inquiry says – The Guardian

‘Social workers failed to act to protect a vulnerable toddler less than three weeks before she was hospitalised with a broken arm, despite warnings that she was neglected and at risk of harm, an inquiry report has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 26th April 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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Dylan Scanlon: Death of Oldham boy, 5, is focus of review – BBC News

Posted January 27th, 2022 in child abuse, child neglect, news, police, social services, standards by sally

‘The death of a five-year-old boy in Oldham at the end of last year is being reviewed, a council has confirmed.’

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BBC News, 27th January 2022

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‘Failure to remove’ claims in the High Court – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Stagg looks at the lessons from an important High Court ruling on ‘failure to remove’ claims.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2021

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Lancashire father injected toddlers with heroin, review finds – BBC News

Posted November 4th, 2021 in child abuse, child neglect, drug abuse, news, social services by sally

‘Two toddlers were injected with heroin by their father to help them sleep, a review into their care has heard.’

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BBC News, 3rd November 2021

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Bradford mother jailed after ‘home alone’ son killed by car – BBC News

Posted August 19th, 2021 in accidents, child neglect, guilty pleas, news, road traffic, sentencing by sally

‘A mother has been jailed after her seven-year-old son was knocked down and killed when he was left alone at his home in West Yorkshire.’

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BBC News, 18th August 2021

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Verphy Kudi: Mother jailed for leaving toddler alone for days to starve to death – The Independent

‘The teenage mother who left her 20-month-old daughter to starve to death while she partied in London and Coventry has been jailed for nine years.’

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The Independent, 7th August 2021

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Teenage mother admits causing death of baby daughter due to neglect – The Independent

‘A mother has admitted causing the death of her baby in Brighton. Verphy Kudi’s 20-month-old daughter Asiah Kudi died at an address in the East Sussex city in December 2019.’

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The Independent, 27th March 2021

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Judge orders children to be taken into long-term foster care over concerns about weight – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has made a care order for two children described as “severely overweight” to be taken into long-term foster care, following an application by West Sussex County Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th March 2021

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Boy, 15, found not guilty of terror plot – BBC News

Posted October 12th, 2020 in child neglect, children, explosives, internet, Islam, news, terrorism, young offenders by sally

‘The youngest person to be tried for a terrorism offence on UK soil has been found not guilty.’

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BBC News, 10th October 2020

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Mother of boy killed by dangerous dog in caravan jailed for two years – The Guardian

‘The mother of a nine-year-old boy who was fatally attacked by her friend’s “extremely powerful” dog in a caravan on a Cornish holiday park has been jailed for two years.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2020

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