Social work, controversial views and fitness to practise: Ngole – Law & Religion UK

‘Felix Ngole, a second-year Master’s student on a social work course at Sheffield University, had been excluded from the course by the Faculty of Social Sciences Fitness to Practise [“FTP”] Committee after comments he posted on Facebook about his personal opposition to same-sex marriage. Before the Administrative Court, he argued that fitness to practise was a matter for the professional social work bodies rather than for the University. In R (Ngole) v University of Sheffield [2017] EWHC 2669 (Admin), however, Rowena Collins Rice, sitting as a Deputy High Court Judge, rejected his claim.’

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Law & Religion UK, 2nd November 2017

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Social worker could be struck off after faking evidence in child case – The Guardian

Posted October 31st, 2017 in disciplinary procedures, evidence, news, social services by sally

‘A social worker has appeared before a professional disciplinary panel after she was found by a judge to have fabricated evidence to bolster the case for removing a child from the mother’s care and then lied in court about having done so.’

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The Guardian, 31st October 2017

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Judge backs University of Sheffield in homosexuality comments row – BBC News

‘A university’s decision to expel a student for posting a comment online saying homosexuality was a sin was lawful, a court has ruled.’

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BBC News, 27th October 2017

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Covert Recording : A hot potato lob by the Court of Appeal – Transparency Project

Posted October 26th, 2017 in children, evidence, families, family courts, news, social services by sally

‘The Court of Appeal delivered judgment in Re B (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1579 last week. In it they consider (but do not resolve) the question of how the Family Court should deal with evidence obtained by covert recording. Whilst it took the Court of Appeal almost a year from the hearing of the appeal to the delivery of judgment (see our post about the appeal hearing itself here), this particular potato remains red hot. The topic of recording – covertly or overtly, of social workers or children or otherwise – is discussed daily on private groups on Facebook, openly on other social media platforms – and, from time to time, in judgments of the Family Court and by lawyers.’

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Transparency Project, 24th October 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

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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LGO criticises failure of council to assess vulnerable young children at risk of harm – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has accused a council of not doing enough to safeguard a family who made multiple appeals for help to protect their younger children from threats of violence made by their teenage son.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th October 2017

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Woman’s murder in care home could have been prevented, inquiry finds – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2017 in autism, care homes, mental health, murder, news, social services by sally

‘The murder of an 18-year-old woman by a fellow resident at a care home who had previously attempted to strangle other women was both predictable and preventable, a serious case review has found.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2017

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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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Public Law Clients with Learning Disabilities – Bridging the gap – Family Law Week

‘Gillian Geddes, barrister, of Hind Court considers the correct focus for public law arguments in support of parents with learning disabilities being allowed to care for their children.’

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Family Law Week, 20th September 2017

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Ex-employee of adult care department fined for taking personal data – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 26th, 2017 in costs, data protection, fines, news, social services by sally

‘A former employee of Leicester City Council’s adult social care department has been fine for unlawfully obtaining personal data.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th September 2017

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Mental health trust pays damages over man’s death in tower block fire – The Guardian

Posted September 21st, 2017 in accidents, fire, housing, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘A mental health trust has paid out damages over the case of a man with bipolar disorder and a history of lighting fires who was trapped in a blaze at his cluttered tower block flat.’

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The Guardian, 20th September 2017

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Ofsted reports on the inspection of services for children living with domestic abuse – Family Law

‘Ofsted, the Care Quality Commission, HM Inspectorate of Constabulary, and HM Inspectorate of Probation have published a report examining the multi-agency response to children living with domestic abuse, along with inspections of local area services.’

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Family Law, 20th September 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Judge blasts lack of therapy for mother faced with losing second child – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 19th, 2017 in adoption, care orders, local government, mental health, news, social services by tracey

‘A Family Court judge has questioned the spending of money on the issuing of legal proceedings and on psychological evidence when this expenditure is incurred before attempts have been made at therapeutic support, in a case where a vulnerable mother was faced with the loss of a second child to adoption.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th September 2017

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Ayeeshia-Jayne Smith death: Social workers ‘missed danger signs’ – BBC News

Posted September 6th, 2017 in child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, social services by sally

‘Social workers missed signs of danger around a toddler who was stamped to death and focused too much on the condition of the mother who killed her, a serious case review has found.’

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BBC News, 5th September 2017

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Court of Appeal finds for council in first appeal on Care Act 2014 provisions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted September 5th, 2017 in appeals, disabled persons, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has dismissed a severely disabled man’s appeal over a decision by a county council to reduce his personal budget from £1,651 per week to £950 per week and to revise his care and support plan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th September 2017

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Court summons social services director over accommodation failure – Local Government Lawyer

‘The London Borough of Southwark’s social services director has been ordered to appear before a judge after the council could find no suitable accommodation available for a teenager described as “troubled and dangerous”.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 31st 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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Ellie Butler’s parents appear at inquest hearing via video from prisons – The Guardian

‘The parents of murdered six-year-old Ellie Butler have appeared via video link from their respective prisons at an inquest hearing into the death of their daughter, and interrupted the proceedings several times.’

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The Guardian, 11th August 2017

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Ten years on from Baby P’s death, social workers are still scapegoats – The Guardian

‘Social services were blamed for missing abuse while police and NHS failings were brushed under the carpet. Here’s what has happened since.’

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The Guardian, 3rd August 2017

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