330,000 users to have access to database on England’s children – The Guardian

Posted June 18th, 2007 in children, data protection, news by sally

“A giant electronic database containing sensitive information on all 11 million children in England will be open to at least 330,000 users when it launches next year, according to government guidance.”

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The Guardian, 18th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

DNA records of children under 10 are on national database – The Times

Posted June 15th, 2007 in children, DNA, news by sally

“The DNA fingerprints of more than 100 children aged under 10 are on the national database, even though the youngsters are under the age of criminal responsibility, it was revealed last night.”

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The Times, 15th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Charity warns over paedophile information laws – Reuters

Posted June 13th, 2007 in children, criminal records, news, sexual offences by sally

“Moves to allow parents the right to information about people in contact with their child could hinder work to manage sex offenders, a leading children’s charity said on Wednesday.”

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Reuters, 13th June 2007

Source: www.reuters.com

Government ‘must protect children from divorce harm’ – The Times

Posted June 12th, 2007 in children, divorce, news by sally

“A lobby of children’s experts and charities accuses the Government today of failing to protect young people from the ’emotional fallout’ divorce and separation.”

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The Times, 12th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Children smuggled into UK for sex abuse and slavery – The Guardian

Posted June 12th, 2007 in children, news, trafficking in human beings by sally

“The trade in hundreds of children smuggled into the UK for sexual exploitation, drug smuggling, under-age marriage, street crime and domestic slavery was exposed last night in a government report. The Home Office-commissioned survey identifies 330 cases of suspected or confirmed victims of trafficking – most of them from China or from Africa – but warns of an ‘unknown quantity’ that have not come to the attention of the authorities.”

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The Guardian, 12th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: A scoping project on child trafficking in the UK (PDF)

Paedophile review snubs Sarah’s Law – The Guardian

Posted June 11th, 2007 in children, criminal records, news, sexual offences by sally

“Proposals to allow the public open access to information about convicted paedophiles have been ruled out by the Government.”

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The Guardian, 9th June 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Parents to see sex crime records – BBC News

Posted June 11th, 2007 in children, criminal records, news, sexual offences by sally

“Parents will get the right to ask for details about people who are in regular contact with their children following a review of information on paedophiles.” 

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BBC News, 9th June 2007

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

R v. Jones – Times Law Reports

Posted June 8th, 2007 in children, incitement, law reports, sexual offences by sally

Specific child need not be identified

R v. Jones

Court of Appeal

“The offence of intentionally causing or inciting a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity could be committed even though it was not possible to identify any specific or identifiable child to whom the incitement was addressed.”

The Times, 8th June 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Please note the Times Law Reports are only available free on Times Online for 21 days from the date of publication.

Judge wins backing for UK’s first drug court – The Times

Posted May 23rd, 2007 in children, drug abuse, news by sally

“Family judge Nicholas Crichton has won financial backing for his initiative to set up the UK’s first US-style drug dependency court to help the growing number of babies and children who are being taken into care because of their parents’ misuse of drugs or alcohol.”

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The Times, 23rd May 2007

Source: www.timesonline.co.uk

Crown Prosecution Service v. P – WLR Daily

Posted May 1st, 2007 in children, doli incapax, law reports by sally

Crown Prosecution Service v. P [2007] EWHC 946 (Admin) 

“The effect of s 34 of the Crime and Disorder Act 1998 was to abolish the presumption that a child was doli incapax, but not the defence itself.”

WLR Daily, 27th April 2007

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Children must be at the heart of care proceedings – Government News Network

Posted April 16th, 2007 in children, news by sally

“The welfare of children must be at the heart of the processes involved in considering whether to take a child into care, Family Justice Minister Harriet Harman will say today.”

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Department for Constitutional Affairs press release, 17th April 2007

Source: www.gnn.gov.uk

Deportation reprieve for boy, 7, and HIV-positive parents – The Guardian

Posted April 16th, 2007 in children, HIV, immigration, news by sally

“A seven-year-old boy and his HIV-positive parents at the centre of a deportation battle have been granted a legal reprieve after coming within hours of being put on a plane to Malawi.”

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The Guardian, 16th April 2007

Source: www.guardian.co.uk