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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East Kent NHS Trust: Hospital apologises over baby death errors – BBC News

‘A Kent hospital trust has apologised to a grieving mother who was told her baby was dead, then alive, before dying hours later.’

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BBC News, 10th August 2022

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Foreign convictions are admissible as evidence in family proceedings, Court of Appeal holds – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has ruled that foreign judicial findings or convictions that are relevant to a person’s suitability to care for children may be used as evidence in family proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2022

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High Court judge issues mandatory order requiring London borough to secure suitable accommodation for family within 12 weeks – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 8th, 2022 in children, disabled persons, homelessness, housing, local government, London, news by tracey

‘The London Borough of Lambeth has been told by the High Court to find accommodation for a family within 12 weeks even though the applicant wishes to live outside the borough.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2022

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Child Q: Schoolgirl strip-search not isolated issue, police data suggests – BBC News

Posted August 8th, 2022 in children, news, police, race discrimination, school children, statistics by tracey

‘The strip-search of a black girl by police at school in east London was not an isolated case, England’s children’s commissioner has said.’

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BBC News, 8th August 2022

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High Court judge issues ruling on fairness of age assessment procedure – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 5th, 2022 in asylum, children, immigration, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘The High Court has found against the London Borough of Brent in a case concerning the age of an asylum seeker even though Mr Justice Swift said the council’s conduct was “not an error of the most serious nature”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th August 2022

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Greater Manchester Police: Probe into ex-officers over grooming inquiry closed – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2022 in child abuse, children, inquiries, news, ombudsmen, police, sexual offences by tracey

‘An investigation into three ex-senior officers who led an inquiry into child sexual exploitation has been discontinued by the police watchdog.’

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BBC News, 4th August 2022

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Warwickshire Police told to improve child protection services Published 2 hours ago – BBC News

Posted August 5th, 2022 in child abuse, children, internet, news, police, sexual offences, statistics by tracey

‘A police force has been told to improve its child protection services after inspectors found a third of cases were dealt with inadequately.’

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BBC News, 5th August 2022

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Virginity Testing Is Made A Criminal Offence Across The UK – Each Other

Posted August 4th, 2022 in bills, child abuse, children, families, health, human rights, news, women by tracey

‘TRIGGER WARNING: Please note that this piece includes language and themes of child abuse, virginity testing and coercion that some may find triggering.

The government has made it illegal to carry out, offer or aid and abet virginity testing or hymenoplasty in any part of the UK under the Health and Care Act 2022. Virginity tests breach women’s and girls’ fundamental rights under the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA), including the right to be free from torture and inhuman treatment and the right to private and family life.’

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Each Other, 3rd August 2022

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Deportation: Supreme Court revisits Unduly Harsh and Very Compelling Circumstances Tests – EIN Blog

‘On 20 July 2022, the UK Supreme Court gave its judgment in the three joined appeals of HA (Iraq), RA (Iraq) and AA (Nigeria) [2022] UKSC 22. The full judgment can be found here. These were all deportation appeals decided by the Court of Appeal. The Court of Appeal found in favour of the three individuals and the Secretary of State, through the Home Office, appealed to the Supreme Court.’

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EIN Blog, 3rd August 2022

Source: www.ein.org.uk

Archie Battersbee’s family make final plea to ‘let him die with dignity’ – The Independent

Posted August 4th, 2022 in bereavement, children, families, hospitals, news by tracey

‘Family members of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee are making a final plea for him to have “a dignified death”, as the protracted legal battle over his life edges to its conclusion.’

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The Independent, 4th August 2022

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Judge dismisses bid by council for unadmitted allegations to be tried, saying it would be “deplorable waste of resources” – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has dismissed a local authority’s application for un-admitted allegations to be tried, saying he could not see any upside in allowing that to happen.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st August 2022

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Archie Battersbee’s life support ‘ending at 11am’ after Supreme Court appeal fails – The Independent

‘The mother of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee said that his life support will be withdrawn at 11am on Wednesday after the family lost a Supreme Court bid to continue his treatment.’

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The Independent, 2nd August 2022

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Met Police investigated over two more child strip searches – The Independent

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in children, complaints, London, news, police, stop and search by tracey

‘The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC) has launched investigations into two referrals involving strip searches of children by Metropolitan Police officers.’

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The Independent, 1st August 2022

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Archie Battersbee: how third parties can further complicate tragic life support cases – The Guardian

‘Government said to be considering inquiry into new ways of handling decisions, as religious groups accused of inflaming tensions.’

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The Guardian, 1st August 2022

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Archie Battersbee: Judges reject allowing more time for UN to consider case – BBC News

Posted August 2nd, 2022 in appeals, children, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, news, United Nations by tracey

‘A last-minute Court of Appeal hearing has ruled the withdrawal of life support for Archie Battersbee should not be postponed beyond Tuesday.’

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BBC News, 1st August 2022

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Archie Battersbee’s parents fail in life support bid at supreme court – The Guardian

‘The parents of 12-year-old Archie Battersbee, who was left in a comatose state after suffering brain damage, have failed to persuade the supreme court to intervene in a life support treatment battle.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2022

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Court of Appeal outlines approach advocates and judges should take to requests for clarification of judgments – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has considered the extent to which judges are required to respond to requests for clarifications in judgments.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th July 2022

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Key information about adopting mother not shared before baby’s murder, report finds – The Guardian

‘Information about drinking, debts and mental health that could have prevented a baby boy being placed with an adopting mother who went on to murder him was not shared between agencies, an investigation has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2022

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