Public law children case update: contact, nationality and stays – Local Government Lawyer

‘Georgina Dalton summarises the latest public law children rulings, covering issues such as contact during care, changing the nationality of children in care, and practice on granting short-term stays.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th September 2020

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High Court allows appeal by claimant after council bids to withdraw admissions of liability in failure to remove case – Local Government Lawyer

‘An unnamed South Wales local authority has been stopped by the High Court from withdrawing three admissions of lability made in a lengthy dispute over the care while a child of J, who is now aged 20 and seeks damages.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th September 2020

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Teaching assistant found guilty of sending topless pictures to 15-year-old pupil – Daily Telegraph

‘A jury at Aylesbury Crown Court found her guilty of two sex offence charges relating to the topless pictures and a video, but they have not yet reached verdicts on three more serious charges of causing or inciting a child aged under 16 to engage in a sexual act.’

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Daily Telegraph, 15th September 2020

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Independent Case Review published – Oxford Diocese – Law & Religion UK

‘On 12th December 2018, the Diocese of Oxford announced the establishment of an Independent Case Review of the diocesan safeguarding response to allegations of spiritual abuse in the case of the Revd Tim Davis. On 11 September 2020, the Diocese of Oxford published the Review’s findings, a summary of which is reproduced below.’

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Law & Religion UK, 11th September 2020

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Children ‘should be banned from unregulated care homes’ – BBC News

Posted September 10th, 2020 in care homes, care orders, children, news, standards by sally

‘The government should ban placing under-18s in care in unregulated homes amid concerns over sexual and criminal exploitation, the children’s commissioner for England has said.’

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BBC News, 9th September 2020

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Grammar school discriminated against visually impaired child, tribunal finds – The Guardian

‘Grammar schools in England will have to ensure their 11-plus entrance exams are accessible to disabled pupils, after a legal ruling found a visually impaired child suffered discrimination when he was refused the opportunity to take the exam.’

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The Guardian, 9th September 2020

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Manchester Arena attack: ‘This inquiry should be about transparency’ – BBC News

Posted September 7th, 2020 in bereavement, children, families, inquiries, news, terrorism by sally

‘The parents of eight-year-old Saffie Roussos, the youngest victim of the Manchester Arena terror attack, have been speaking about their feelings, as a public inquiry is due to start on Monday.’

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BBC News, 6th September 2020

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Court agrees to withdraw boy’s hospital treatment – BBC News

Posted September 2nd, 2020 in children, Court of Protection, families, medical treatment, news by tracey

‘A 12-year-old boy with brain injuries will have his treatment withdrawn after a High Court judge found it was not in his best interests to prolong life.’

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BBC News, 1st September 2020

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Mother sues MoJ over child’s lack of access to father in jails lockdown – The Guardian

Posted September 1st, 2020 in children, families, human rights, news, prisons, telecommunications by sally

‘A mother who fears her 19-month-old child will forget their father if prison visits do not resume soon has begun preliminary legal action against the Ministry of Justice.’

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The Guardian, 31st August 2020

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Judge wrong to impose costs on litigation friend – Litigation Futures

Posted August 28th, 2020 in children, costs, law firms, litigation friends, news, tax avoidance by sally

‘A High Court judge was wrong to order a litigation friend, acting for children, to pay costs after unsuccessfully applying to challenge the settlement of a trust dispute, appeal judges have ruled.’

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Litigation Futures, 26th August 2020

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Re D-S (Contact with Children in Care: Covid-19) – Family Law Week

‘This was a successful appeal against a decision of HHJ Lea to refuse a mother’s application for direct contact to her children (who were being cared for by the Local Authority) as the lockdown restrictions eased. Appeal allowed.’

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Family Law Week, 13th August 2020

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Family Law Newsletter – Spire Barristers

Posted August 27th, 2020 in care orders, children, citizenship, contact orders, coronavirus, news by sally

‘Issue #37 of Spire Barristers’ Family Law Newsletter: edited by Connie Purdy and Taz Irshad; news and Case Reviews by Georgina Dalton. Georgina commences pupillage at Spire Barristers in September 2020.’

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Spire Barristers, 26th August 2020

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Family Court judge allows autistic mother to type evidence in witness box during care proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has hailed the success of allowing an autistic mother’s oral evidence in care proceedings to be given by presenting her with written questions whilst in the witness box and for the answers to be typed in real time.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th August 2020

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Mother and grandparents win appeal over interim care orders – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a mother and the maternal grandparents against interim care orders made in respect of three children, saying the transcript of the hearing before the recorder “demonstrates once again the difficulties facing courts required to conduct hearings remotely because of the restrictions imposed as a result of the pandemic”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th August 2020

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Vulnerable victims to give pre-recorded evidence to trials – BBC News

Posted August 24th, 2020 in children, criminal justice, evidence, news, trials, victims, video recordings by sally

‘Children and other vulnerable victims of crime can pre-record evidence to avoid attending court from today.’

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BBC News, 24th August 2020

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Council warns of potential breach of statutory duty in relation to unaccompanied asylum-seeking children – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Leader of Kent County Council has warned that the local authority “cannot safely meet our statutory duty” when it comes to its capacity to care for new arrivals of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UASC).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th August 2020

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BAME children three times more likely to have a Taser weapon used on them by police – The Guardian

‘Children from black, Asian and minority ethnic backgrounds are almost three times more likely to have a Taser electronic weapon used on them by police than their white counterparts.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2020

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Parents of toddler with severe epilepsy seek legal review of cannabis oil guidelines – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2020 in children, health, judicial review, medicines, news by sally

‘The parents of a toddler with severe epilepsy are seeking a landmark judicial review of rigid guidelines that effectively prevent the NHS from prescribing medical cannabis oil, a substance that they say has allowed their son to live a much healthier life, to thousands of sick children.’

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The Guardian, 16th August 2020

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Mother wins appeal over request for French court to assume jurisdiction of care case – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a mother against an order secured during care proceedings by an unnamed local authority to request a French family court to assume jurisdiction of a case involving her son’s care under Article 15 of Council Regulation (EC) 2201/2003.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th August 2020

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Court of Appeal hands down ruling on changing nationality of children in care – Local Government Lawyer

‘A local authority cannot seek to change the nationality of children in care without the matter being considered by the High Court, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 13th August 2020

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