Logan Mwangi murder: ‘Jurors should be offered support’ – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2022 in child cruelty, children, juries, mental health, murder, news by sally

‘Jurors who have to see and hear harrowing evidence during a trial should be given more support, an academic has said.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2022

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Hospital failings and neglect contributed to baby’s death, coroner finds – BBC News

‘Hospital failings and “neglect” contributed to the death of a two-day-old baby, a coroner has found.’

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BBC News, 23rd April 2022

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The Observer view on failures of the child protection system – The Guardian

‘Two decades after the Victoria Climbié case led to an inquiry, recent deaths show we have learned little from such tragedies.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2022

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James Watson found guilty of murdering Rikki Neave in 1994 – The Guardian

Posted April 22nd, 2022 in child cruelty, children, DNA, families, forensic science, murder, news, young offenders by sally

‘A 41-year-old man described as a “fantasist” and a “monster” has been found guilty of the murder of the schoolboy Rikki Neave, who was found strangled in woods near Peterborough nearly 28 years ago.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2022

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Logan Mwangi: mother, stepfather and unnamed teen found guilty of murder – The Guardian

‘A five-year-old boy was murdered by his mother, stepfather and a 14-year-old youth after months of abuse and imprisonment in the “dungeon” of his small, dark bedroom, a jury has found.’

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The Guardian, 21st April 2022

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Victim’s domestic abuse allegations against her ex ‘troublingly’ downplayed by family court judge – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2022 in children, domestic violence, family courts, judges, news by sally

‘Domestic abuse allegations were “troublingly” downplayed by a judge in a case that exposes systemic issues with the family court, a leading barrister has warned.’

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The Independent, 20th April 2022

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Police watchdog: ethnic minorities need protection from unfair stop and search – The Guardian

Posted April 21st, 2022 in children, minorities, news, police, stop and search by sally

‘Police abuse of their stop and search powers is so serious that black people need “protecting” from stereotyping and racial biases, the police watchdog said, as it revealed allegations one child was stopped 60 times.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2022

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Nothing wrong with ‘light smack on arm’, says education secretary as he rejects smacking ban – The Independent

Posted April 21st, 2022 in children, corporal punishment, families, news by sally

‘Education secretary Nadhim Zahawi has rejected a call by England’s Children’s Commissioner to ban smacking – saying there was nothing wrong with a “light smack on the arm”.’

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The Independent, 21st April 2022

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Leeds burger van’s Madeleine McCann posts ruled offensive – BBC News

Posted April 20th, 2022 in advertising, children, complaints, families, missing persons, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Adverts by a takeaway firm featuring Madeleine McCann were likely to cause distress and offence, the Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has ruled.’

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BBC News, 20th April 2022

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Financial Remedy Update, April 2022 – Family Law Week

Posted April 14th, 2022 in children, divorce, families, family courts, financial provision, news by tracey

‘Stephanie Hawthorn, Abigail Pearse and Victoria Potts, associates, and Holly Morrison-Carter, trainee, at Mills & Reeve LLP consider the most important news and case law relating to financial remedies and divorce during March 2022.’

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Family Law Week, 13th April 2022

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Rochdale grooming: Abused women receive police damages – BBC News

‘Three women who were groomed, raped and abused by gangs of men in Rochdale have received “substantial” damages and an apology from Greater Manchester Police.’

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BBC News, 12th April 2022

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Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan found guilty of sexually assaulting 15 year-old boy – The Independent

Posted April 12th, 2022 in child abuse, children, news, parliament, political parties, sexual offences by tracey

‘Tory MP Imran Ahmad Khan has been found guilty of sexually assaulting a 15-year-old boy at a house party in Staffordshire in 2008.’

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The Independent, 11th April 2022

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Ombudsman raps council for using incorrect information to place child on protection plan – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 11th, 2022 in children, complaints, families, local government, news, ombudsmen, social services by tracey

‘Buckinghamshire Council caused significant distress after it shared incorrect information and failed to suitably include a mother in its process when deciding to place her child on a child protection plan, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th April 2022

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Financial Provision for Adult Children: What Constitutes a ‘Special Circumstance’ under Schedule One after UD v DN [2021] EWCA Civ 1947, [2021] 1 WLR 595 – Family Law Week

Posted April 11th, 2022 in appeals, children, divorce, families, financial provision, news, trusts by tracey

‘Zoe Harrison, pupil barrister at One King’s Bench Walk, explores Moylan LJ’s judgment and its focus on the importance of dependence.’

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Family Law Week, 29th March 2022

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NHS pays out £20m in clinical negligence claims over children’s mental health care – The Independent

Posted April 11th, 2022 in assault, children, compensation, hospitals, mental health, negligence, news, self-harm by tracey

‘The NHS has paid out at least £20m over poor care in children’s mental health services, a leaked report has revealed.’

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The Independent, 10th April 2022

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Article by Jonathan Lewis – Non-party disclosure orders in judicial review proceedings (R (AB) v Secretary of State for Health and Social Care) – Henderson Chambers

‘Two children sought permission to judicially review various decisions made by the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care relating to provision of coronavirus (COVID-19) vaccines to children. To pursue their claim, they sought disclosure of various statistics from the Office for National Statistics (the ONS). As the ONS was not a party to proceedings, they made an application under CPR 31.17 for disclosure. Mr Justice Swift dismissed that application on the basis that the information sought was not necessary for the fair determination of the questions of law raised by the pleaded case.’

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Henderson Chambers, 31st March 2022

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Reproductive coercion and control in contact cases in the family courts – Law Pod UK

‘Clare Ciborowska and Richard Ager, both family law experts from the Brighton Annexe of 1 Crown Office Row, talk about the difficult subject of reproductive coercion where such allegations arise in child contact cases. Presented by Rosalind English.’

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Law Pod UK, 7th April 2022

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Judge gives guidance on care cases where parent has learning disability – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has given guidance on care cases where a parent has a learning disability, after deciding that a 17-month-old boy known as Child H should be the subject of a care order pending adoption because of his parents’ inability to care for him.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th April 2022

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Profit making private providers of children’s care & breaches of Article 5 – Garden Court Chambers

‘For anyone concerned with the human rights of children AB (A Child: human rights) 2021 EWFC B100 is an essential read. The case concerned a 12-year-old boy, AB, who was placed under interim public law orders in foster care and then care homes run by Horizons Care Ltd. For several months, whilst awaiting a final hearing, AB had had his liberty restricted in a residential unit called Mill Cottage, in breach of his Article 5 rights.’

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Garden Court Chambers, 4th April 2022

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Leicester parents take legal action after unborn baby dies – BBC News

‘A couple are taking legal action against a hospital trust following the death of their unborn son.’

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BBC News, 7th April 2022

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