Free childcare to be extended to foster carers – Family Law

Posted June 26th, 2018 in children, costs, fostering, news by sally

‘Foster carers are to receive the 30 hours free childcare offer for children in their care for the first time from September 2018. The Government also announced that over 340,000 children were in a 30-hour place in the first year of the policy.’

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Family Law, 26th June 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Media watchdog upholds complaint by council over “distorted” coverage of foster case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 27th, 2018 in complaints, fostering, Islam, media, news by tracey

‘The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has upheld a complaint by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets against a national newspaper’s coverage of a fostering case.
IPSO concluded that The Times had breached Clause 1 (Accuracy) in an article headlined ‘Judge rules child must leave Muslim foster home’, which was published on 30 August 2017.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th April 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Times distorted Muslim foster case, regulator finds – BBC News

Posted April 25th, 2018 in complaints, fostering, Islam, media, news by sally

‘The press regulator has ruled the Times “distorted” its coverage of a five-year-old Christian girl who was placed with Muslim foster carers.’

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BBC News, 25th April 2018

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Judge dismisses challenge to removal of foster carer from approved list – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 21st, 2018 in bias, fostering, local government, news by tracey

‘Liverpool City Council acted properly when it removed a foster carer from its approved list, a High Court judge has decided.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 20th March 2018

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

The expansion of Vicarious Liability: Armes v Nottinghamshire County Council [2017] UKSC 60 – Park Square Barristers

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in appeals, fostering, local government, news, Supreme Court, vicarious liability by sally

‘In determining whether to impose vicarious liability the court has to consider what sort of relationship has to exist between an individual and a defendant before the defendant can be made vicariously liable in tort for the conduct of that individual? (The first requirement) A classic example of a relationship which gives rise to vicarious liability is that of employer and employee.’

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Park Square Barristers, 9th November 2017

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Tower Hamlets rejects concerns over Muslim foster family – BBC News

Posted November 2nd, 2017 in fostering, local government, news, reports by tracey

‘The council responsible for the care of a five-year-old girl who was placed with Muslim foster family has rejected concerns about her treatment.’

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BBC News, 1st November 2017

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Supreme Court: local authority ‘vicariously liable’ for abuse of child in foster care – OUT-LAW.com

‘A local authority has been held vicariously liable for the abuse of a woman by two sets of foster parents she was placed with as a child, despite not being negligent in its selection or supervision of the foster parents.’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th October 2017

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Lucy Eastwood – “A law on the move: Are Local Authorities vicariously liable for abuse committed by foster parents against children in their care?” – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The law of vicarious liability is on the move” proclaimed Lord Phillips in the last judgment he delivered as President of the Supreme Court: Various Claimants v Catholic Child Welfare Society [2012] UKSC 56, (“the Christian Brothers case”). In a judgment recently handed down by the Supreme Court in the case of Armes (Appellant) v Nottinghamshire County Council (Respondent) [2017] UKSC 60, His Lordship has been proved correct.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 23rd October 2017

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Chris Ferguson discusses; Proportionality and Integrity – Park Square Barristers

Posted October 20th, 2017 in care orders, children, fostering, grandparents, news, placement orders, proportionality by sally

‘Not long ago I represented a pair of maternal grandparents in a case in Teesside. They had been closely involved with the family over a period of years, although the mother of the two girls at the heart of the case had moved away (not far) during recent times. The mother had various problems and the father barely featured in the proceedings. A few years back the grandparents had actually taken the older girl under their wing for a while (prior to the birth of her sister) and the girls’ older brother was living with them full time under a court order.’

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Park Square Barristers, 6th October 2017

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Foster care abuse victims urged to speak out after ruling – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2017 in child abuse, fostering, local government, news, vicarious liability, victims by sally

‘A woman who won a “landmark” legal battle against a council after being abused by foster parents as a child has urged more victims to speak out.’

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BBC News, 19th October 2017

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Supreme Court find local authority vicariously liable for abuse committed by foster carers – Family Law

Posted October 20th, 2017 in child abuse, fostering, local government, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘In Armes (Appellant) v Nottinghamshire County Council (Respondent) [2017] UKSC 60, the Supreme Court held Nottinghamshire County Council were vicariously liable for the physical, emotional and sexual abuse committed by foster parents to the appellant (Armes) during her time in foster care. The local authority can be held vicariously liable only in situations involving placements with foster carers. Zoe Fleetwood, solicitor and partner, and Hannah Duddridge, paralegal, from Dawson Cornwell, highlight that such vicarious liability does not extend to the local authority in situations involving child placements with family members.’

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Family Law, 19th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Councils face rise in claims after Supreme Court rules on foster abuse liability – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 19th, 2017 in appeals, fostering, local government, news, Supreme Court, vicarious liability by tracey

‘Local authorities face a significant increase in claims after a majority of the Supreme Court ruled that councils can be held vicariously liable for wrongful actions of foster parents to a child in foster care.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th October 2017

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Foster care abuse victim in ‘landmark’ win against council – BBC News

‘A woman who was abused as a child by her foster parents has won a Supreme Court battle against the local authority responsible for her care.’

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BBC News, 18th October 2017

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Foster carer fights for workers’ rights – BBC News

‘A foster carer is launching a legal claim to argue for workers’ rights for people in her role.’

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BBC News, 9th October 2017

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The muslim foster carer case again – what else has emerged? – Transparency Project

Posted October 3rd, 2017 in children, families, fostering, media, news, religious discrimination by sally

‘This week the court held a further hearing, the IRH or Issues Resolution Hearing. In terms of the progress of the case itself, press reports tell us that little AB’s future will be decided at a final hearing in December, meaning that the proposed plan for her long term care is in some way disputed, it seems by the child’s mother. The details are unclear.’

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Transparency Project, 2nd October 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Javier Garcia Oliva: Why the Constitutional Treatment of Religion in Great Britain Matters in Religious Disputes – UK Constitutional Law Association

‘Two high profile cases concerning the approach of public authorities towards religion and identity, where the care and future of looked after children were concerned, have featured this summer.’

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UK Constitutional Law Association, 26th September 2017

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Council agrees to pay grandmother four years of backdated foster care payments – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 15th, 2017 in fostering, local government, news, ombudsmen, remuneration by tracey

‘The Royal Borough of Greenwich has agreed to pay a grandmother four years of backdated foster carer payments, following an investigation by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman. The LGO said the case should serve as a reminder to councils of their duties towards friends and family foster carers.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th September 2017

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Ruling over ‘Muslim foster case’ girl – BBC News

Posted August 30th, 2017 in children, Christianity, family courts, fostering, Islam, London, news by sally

‘A judge has ruled a Christian girl should live with a family member in a case in which it was claimed she was placed with a Muslim foster family.’

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BBC News, 30th August 2017

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Children: Public Law Update (August 2017) – Family Law Week

‘John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews a range of recent important public law cases.’

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Family Law Week, 9th August 2017

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Independent Reviewing Officers – myths and misunderstandings continue – Family Law Week

‘Professor Jonathan Dickens, University of East Anglia, Norwich, considers some of the strengths and limitations of the IRO service, drawing on recent debates and the findings of a research study conducted between 2012-14.’

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Family Law Week, 6th April 2017

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk