Law Society urges end to enforced medical treatment of vulnerable people – The Guardian

‘Vulnerable people sectioned under the Mental Health Act are being subjected to medical treatment without consent and are not protected by effective legal safeguards, the Law Society has warned.’

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The Guardian, 22nd January 2018

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Child victims let down by lack of help in court, says UK watchdog – The Guardian

Posted January 17th, 2018 in children, evidence, news, victims, witnesses by sally

‘Hundreds of the most vulnerable victims of crime are being prevented from testifying against their attackers because of a shortage of experts to help them give evidence, the victims’ commissioner warns in a report on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 17th January 2018

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Former prostitutes to sue the Government as criminal records stop them volunteering with Brownie groups – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 16th, 2018 in children, criminal records, employment, news, prostitution, volunteers by sally

‘Former prostitutes are set to sue the Government over criminal records checks which stop them volunteering with Brownie groups.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th January 2018

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Poppi Worthington inquest: Coroner to deliver finding – BBC News

Posted January 15th, 2018 in child abuse, children, inquests, news, sexual offences by sally

‘A coroner is due to deliver his conclusion into the 2012 death of toddler Poppi Worthington.’

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BBC News, 15th January 2018

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High Court judge criticises “very serious defects” in housing decision letter – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 10th, 2018 in children, disabled persons, housing, local government, news by sally

‘A decision letter sent by the London Borough of Hillingdon to an applicant for housing “suffers from very serious defects”, Nicklin J has said in the High Court.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th January 2018

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Protection from neighbours – no duty – Nearly Legal

Posted January 8th, 2018 in appeals, children, housing, local government, negligence, news, social services by sally

‘What, if any, duty is owed by a local authority to children to protect them from abuse and harassment by neighbours? This court of appeal decision suggests none in negligence.’

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Nearly Legal, 7th January 2018

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Historical injustice for persons born out of wedlock and their right to British Citizenship still lingers on – Legal Voice

Posted January 8th, 2018 in birth, children, citizenship, cohabitation, news by sally

‘This article concerns only one of several historical injustices in British nationality law. For decades, it discriminated against people born out of wedlock to British fathers by not allowing those fathers to pass on their nationality to their child.’

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Legal Voice, 8th January 2018

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Changes to legal aid for victims of domestic abuse in force on Monday – Legal Aid Handbook

Posted January 8th, 2018 in children, domestic violence, evidence, legal aid, news, regulations, time limits by sally

‘Funding for private family law cases is generally only available where the applicant for legal aid can show that they are a victim of domestic abuse, or where they can show that the aim of the proceedings is to protect a child at risk of abuse from a third party (such applications are in scope because of Paras 12 and 13 of Part 1 Schedule 1 of LASPO; see also Chapter 6 of the Handbook). Until the successful challenge to the original regulations by Rights of Women, there was a requirement that the evidence in support of the application had to be no more than 2 years old. Following the litigation, that was extended to 5 years.’

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Legal Aid Handbook, 7th January 2018

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Acid attacks: Major UK retailers ban acid sales to under-18s – Daily Telegraph

‘Under-18s will not be able to buy products containing harmful levels of acid or corrosive substances at a number of retailers, following the launch of a voluntary Government plan.’

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Daily Telegraph, 7th January 2018

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Attorney General to review ‘lenient’ sentence after two men spared jail for having sex with 14-year-old girls – The Independent

Posted January 5th, 2018 in attorney general, children, consent, news, sentencing, sexual offences by tracey

‘The Attorney General is to review an “unduly lenient” sentence after two men avoided jail despite having sex with two underage girls.’

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The Independent, 4th January 2018

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The open justice principle: a child’s crimes and a parent’s misdemeanour – Transparency Project

‘What legal principles connect publicity for the 17 year-old Charlie Pearce (born 3 July 2000), a double rapist and attempt murderer (R v Pearce (Press Restrictions) Haddon-Cave J (7 December 2017)) and privacy for a stalking mother who, with her cohabitant (‘Mr JM’) tried to disrupt her 10 year-old daughter T’s foster placement (Re T (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1889 (23 November 2017)).’

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Transparency Project, 31st January 2018

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Stepfather jailed over boy’s water park drowning – BBC News

Posted December 20th, 2017 in children, homicide, negligence, news, sentencing, social services, suspended sentences by tracey

‘The stepfather of a five-year-old boy who drowned at a water park has been jailed for seven-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 20th December 2017

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Alfie Evans: Parents in legal fight to take brain damaged son to Vatican doctors – Daily Telegraph

Posted December 20th, 2017 in children, hospitals, medical treatment, news by sally

‘A hospital has prevented parents from sending their brain damaged toddler to the same Vatican doctors who offered to help Charlie Gard, a court has heard.’

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Daily Telegraph, 19th December 2017

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Plus ca change? A review of family law in 2017 & a look forward to 2018 – Family Law

Posted December 14th, 2017 in children, cohabitation, divorce, financial provision, news by sally

‘Reform is a now a feature of the family justice system – Geraldine Morris asks whether the underlying issues are being addressed?’

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Family Law, 14th December 2017

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Warning of legal challenge to procurement of residential care places for children – Local Government Lawyer

Posted December 13th, 2017 in children, news, public procurement, residential care, social services by sally

‘The Independent Children’s Homes Association (ICHA) has warned that a legal challenge to local authority procurement of care places is possible without radical reform of the current system.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th December 2017

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Evidence of children and vulnerable witnesses: Part 2 – Family Law

Posted December 13th, 2017 in children, elderly, mental health, news, witnesses by sally

‘The first article in this series of two dealt with circumstances where particular arrangements might be appropriate for children and vulnerable as witnesses in family proceedings. This article looks at the type of measure which the court can provide for such witnesses; and at how these measures are dealt with in common law and under statutory provision. As mentioned at the end of this article, the funding of assessment for, and thus the effective operation of, such measures is not something the Lord Chancellor and his Ministry of Justice seems fully – or at all? – to have put their minds to.’

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Family Law, 12th December 2017

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Child friendly courts: what we can learn from America – Legal Voice

Posted December 12th, 2017 in children, courts, family courts, news, victims, witnesses, young persons by sally

‘At the tender age of seven, I was faced with the prospect of having to go to court to give evidence. Fortunately, the case settled and I was spared the ordeal of going to court, but I will never forget the endless sleepless nights and distress I felt at the thought of it. The experience made me determined to do whatever I could when I was older to prevent any other child feeling this way.’

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Legal Voice, 11th December 2017

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The impact of acrimonious family breakdowns on children – Family Law

Posted December 12th, 2017 in children, divorce, families, mental health, news by sally

‘The issue of single parent families has attracted the attention of headline writers for more than a generation. But in the reporting of data relating to them, much of it centres on the two million single parents who comprise a quarter of all UK families with dependent children. Notably, rather less coverage is given to the 3.2m children who live with a single parent, most of whom come from a divorced family. Far less likely to make headlines is that many of these children are adversely affected by parental conflict.’

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Family Law, 11th December 2017

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Tough code of practice for websites will aim to protect children online – The Guardian

Posted December 11th, 2017 in amendments, bills, children, codes of practice, internet, news, privacy by sally

‘Websites and apps will be subject to a tough new code of practice to protect children’s privacy online following a cross-party campaign in the House of Lords to prevent young people’s internet activity being monitored.’

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The Guardian, 8th December 2017

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Undercover police officers: how far does their legal liability go? – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The High Court has refused an application to strike out a claim in negligence and misfeasance in public office taken by someone born as a result of a liaison between an activist in the animal liberation movement and a man who subsequently turned out to be an undercover police officer.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 8th December 2017

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