Online Safety Bill: Crackdown on harmful social media content agreed – BBC News

Posted September 20th, 2023 in bills, children, government departments, internet, news by sally

‘Peers have passed a controversial new law aimed at making social media firms more responsible for users’ safety on their platforms.’

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BBC News, 19th September 2023

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Independent review of disagreements in the care of critically ill children – the report and recommendations – Mental Capacity Law and Policy

Posted September 19th, 2023 in children, consent, families, hospitals, medical treatment, news, reports by sally

‘The Nuffield Council on Bioethics has today, 18 September 2023, published the report of the review it was commissioned in December 2022 to carry out the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care, following a Government commitment in the Health and Care Act 2022. We have now laid this review before Parliament and are encouraging the Government to act on our recommendations.’

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Mental Capacity Law and Policy, 18th September 2023

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Driver cleared over Wolverhampton crash that killed brothers – BBC News

‘A driver accused of taking part in an “impromptu” race which killed two young brothers has been cleared of causing their deaths.’

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BBC News, 14th September 2023

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Met police admit overusing powers to strip-search children after IOPC inquiry – The Guardian

‘Scotland Yard has admitted overusing its power to strip-search children after four of its officers were told they would face disciplinary proceedings over allegations that their search of a 15-year-old black schoolgirl known as Child Q was inappropriate and amounted to discrimination owing to her race and sex.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2023

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Letby inquiry must also examine NHS ‘cover-up culture’, says ombudsman – The Guardian

‘The public inquiry into Lucy Letby’s crimes must be widened to examine the NHS’s “cover-up culture” over failures in patient safety, the health service ombudsman has said.’

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The Guardian, 15th September 2023

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Government backs Martha’s rule on right to second medical opinion in England – The Guardian

Posted September 14th, 2023 in children, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, news, opinions by tracey

‘The health secretary, Steve Barclay, has announced the government is committed to bringing in “Martha’s rule” in England, making it easier for patients and their families to get a second medical opinion if they believe their concerns are not being taken seriously by medical staff.’

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The Guardian, 14th September 2023

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Police to launch inquiry into maternity failings at Nottingham hospitals trust – The Guardian

Posted September 8th, 2023 in bereavement, birth, children, families, hospitals, midwives, news, police, pregnancy by tracey

‘Nottinghamshire police have announced they are launching a criminal investigation into maternity failings at Nottingham university hospitals (NUH) NHS trust, after hundreds families raised concerns to an independent review.’

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The Guardian, 7th August 2023

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Judge refuses to make deprivation of liberty order where local authority feared termination of placement if none made – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge has refused a local authority’s application for authorisation of arrangements which have resulted in a teenage girl being deprived of her liberty whilst residing at a children’s home.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th September 2023

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High Court judge lifts suspension of order quashing deal between Kent and Home Office over unaccompanied asylum seeking children – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has decided not to extend the suspension of an order quashing a deal brokered between the Home Secretary and Kent County Council that capped the number of unaccompanied asylum-seeking children (UAS children) the council had to accommodate.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 6th September 2023

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Rikki Neave murderer James Watson loses appeal against conviction – BBC News

Posted September 5th, 2023 in appeals, bad character, children, DNA, evidence, murder, news by sally

‘A man jailed last year for murdering a six-year-old boy in 1994 has lost his appeal against his conviction.’

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BBC News, 4th September 2023

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‘Martha’s rule’: ministers consider law to give right to second medical opinion – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2023 in bills, children, doctors, hospitals, medical treatment, news, opinions by sally

‘Ministers are considering introducing Martha’s rule in England to make it easier for patients and their families who believe their concerns are not being taken seriously by medical staff to get a second medical opinion.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2023

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Lady Justice Thirlwall appointed to lead public inquiry into Lucy Letby – The Guardian

Posted September 5th, 2023 in birth, children, hospitals, inquiries, judges, murder, news, nurses by sally

‘The court of appeal judge Lady Justice Thirlwall has been appointed to lead the public inquiry into Lucy Letby’s murder of seven babies in an NHS hospital.’

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The Guardian, 4th September 2023

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Is an appropriate adult always appropriate? – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 4th, 2023 in appeals, children, local government, news by tracey

‘Sally Gore analyses a Court of Appeal ruling that considered the fairness of an age assessment when an appropriate adult was not used for the short-form assessment/interview.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st September 2023

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One-hour oral judgment in family case ‘plainly irregular’ – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted September 4th, 2023 in appeals, child abuse, children, judges, judgments, news, sexual offences by tracey

‘A one-hour oral judgment delivered on a complex family case was “manifestly insufficient” and should be re-examined, the Court of Appeal has ruled.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 1st September 2023

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Man found guilty of murdering six-year-old in 1994 awaits ruling on appeal – The Independent

‘A 42-year-old man given a life sentence after being found guilty of murdering a six-year-old boy nearly 30 years ago is waiting for a ruling on an appeal.’

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The Independent, 4th September 2023

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Family courts: Mothers dying after ‘abusers’ claim access to children – BBC News

Posted September 4th, 2023 in children, domestic violence, families, family courts, news, suicide, victims by tracey

‘Five mums have died after family courts allowed fathers accused of abuse to apply for contact with their children, a BBC investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 4th September 2023

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Court of Appeal sets aside circuit judge’s “plainly irregular” ruling – Legal Futures

Posted September 1st, 2023 in appeals, care orders, children, families, family courts, judges, news by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has set aside a circuit judge’s ruling in public law children proceedings after describing his decision as “plainly irregular”.’

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Legal Futures, 1st September 2023

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Briefing paper – Support for children and young people’s mental health – House of Commons Library

Posted August 31st, 2023 in children, government departments, mental health, news, young persons by tracey

‘Successive Governments have pledged to improve mental health support for children and young people. This briefing covers the structure of Children and young people’s mental health services, recent policy from the Department of Health and Social Care, Department for Education and NHS England, and evaluations of Government policy.’

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House of Commons Library, 15th August 2023

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Leeds: Child asylum seekers wrongly classed as adults – report – BBC News

Posted August 31st, 2023 in asylum, children, government departments, hotels, housing, local government, news, reports by tracey

‘Thirty child asylum seekers were wrongly categorised as adults by the Home Office, according to a council report.’

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BBC News, 31st August 2023

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Lucy Letby inquiry: how do statutory and non-statutory inquiries differ? – The Guardian

Posted August 31st, 2023 in birth, children, inquiries, murder, news, nurses by tracey

‘As health secretary announces public inquiry will be statutory, we look at what this means in practice.’

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The Guardian, 30th August 2023

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