Review into 50-year-old laws on social care for disabled children – Law Commission

‘Law Commission aims to simplify and strengthen the law, allowing children with disabilities to access the support they need. The review will ensure the law is fair, modern and accessible, works for parents, care givers and local authorities.’

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Law Commission, 17th October 2023

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Review finds safeguarding failures over Sussex killing of man by girl, 14 – The Guardian

Posted October 11th, 2023 in children, families, homicide, inquests, mental health, news, social services, young offenders by tracey

‘An inquiry into the circumstances leading to the manslaughter of a 24-year-old man by a 14-year-old girl has found “a failure of the system as a whole” to protect her and her victim.’

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The Guardian, 10th October 2023

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Woman alleging menopause discrimination to be heard by employment tribunal in legal first – The Independent

‘The case of a woman who was allegedly discriminated against due to suffering menopause symptoms will be heard by an employment tribunal this week in a legal first.’

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The Independent, 2nd October 2023

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Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications up by 11% since last year – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 29th, 2023 in deprivation of liberty safeguards, news, social services, statistics by sally

‘New data published by the NHS has revealed there were an estimated 300,765 applications for Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) received between 1 April 2022 to 31 March 2023.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th August 2023

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Assessing someone as being clearly an adult – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal recently considered the approach to be taken to a claim for judicial review of a decision that SB was clearly and obviously an adult. Catherine Rowlands examines the judgment.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 11th August 2023

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Court of Appeal rules on “hot potato” issue of decision between care order, supervision order or no order when child placed at home – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a mother and made supervision orders in place of care orders for all three of her children, who are placed at home.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th August 2023

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Alfie Steele: mother and partner guilty over death of boy, nine, found in bath – The Guardian

‘A mother has been found guilty of the manslaughter of her nine-year-old son, who was found unresponsive in a cold bath with 50 injuries over his body, while her partner has been found guilty of his murder.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2023

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Children public law case update: May 2023 – Local Government Lawyer

‘Jennifer Frost rounds up the latest public law children cases of interest to practitioners.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th May 2023

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Squaring the circle – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 19th, 2023 in care homes, children, detention, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘What steps can a local authority take to ensure a lawful deprivation of liberty in an unregistered children’s home in England for children under 16? Hannah Taylor and Ruth Atkinson-Wilks explain.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 19th May 2023

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High Court dismisses legal challenge over government failure to implement Care Act system for appeals against care and support decisions – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 28th, 2023 in appeals, duty of care, judicial review, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘A High Court judge has rejected a judicial review challenge to the Secretary of State for Health and Social Care’s decision not to make regulations for appeals against local authority decisions under Part 1 of the Care Act 2014.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 27th April 2023

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Lola James: NSPCC demands systemic change after girl’s murder – BBC News

‘The murder of a two-year-old who was killed by her mum’s boyfriend shows child protection must be a national priority, NSPCC Cymru has said.’

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BBC News, 26th April 2023

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Hundreds of UK asylum seeker children wrongly treated as adults, report shows – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2023 in asylum, children, local government, news, reports, social services by sally

‘Hundreds of asylum seeker children are wrongly being treated as adults by the Home Office, according to data from dozens of local authorities.’

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The Guardian, 24th April 2023

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Law Commission invited to review legislation on social care for disabled children – Law Commission

‘The Law Commission of England and Wales has been asked by the Department for Education to review the legal framework governing the social care of disabled children to ensure that the law is fair, modern and accessible, allowing children with disabilities to access the support they need.’

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Law Commission, 20th April 2023

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Child sex abuse: Failure to report crimes to be made illegal – BBC News

‘People who work with children in England will be legally required to report child sexual abuse or face prosecution under government plans.’

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BBC News, 3rd April 2023

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Jimmy Prout death: Chances missed to save him – report – BBC News

‘Multiple opportunities to save a man who was tortured and murdered by people he considered friends were missed, a review has found.’

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BBC News, 31st March 2023

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Social workers should not assess asylum seeker ages for Home Office, professional body says – The Guardian

‘The professional body for social workers has urged its members not to work with the Home Office to assess the ages of asylum seekers, saying that political pressures could undermine their professional judgment.
The Home Office is recruiting social workers to join the National Age Assessment Board (NAAB), which was set up under the Nationality and Borders Act to take responsibility for determining the age of asylum seekers away from local authorities.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2023

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Is Sharing Caring? Disclosures from the Family Courts to Professional Regulators – UK Human Rights Blog

‘The Guardian newspaper reported the decision in Re X (Disclosure to Social Work England: Findings of Domestic Abuse) [2023] EWHC 447 (Fam) with the headline, “social worker who abused ex-partner loses fight to keep details from regulator”. Reading that one might instinctively think, “well, of course he lost”. For my part, when I read beyond the Guardian’s journalism and into Knowles J’s 67 paragraph judgment in this matter, I may also have thought “well, of course he lost”.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 14th March 2023

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Council judicial review application over asylum seeker hotels refused – Local Government Lawyer

‘The High Court has refused a judicial review application from Torbay Council that argued the placement of asylum seekers in local hotels would have a significant impact on Children’s Services.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th March 2023

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Mother wins appeal over sending of domestic abuse findings made against social worker father to regulator – Local Government Lawyer

‘A High Court judge has allowed an appeal brought by a mother over whether a judgment in long-running private law proceedings that made findings of domestic abuse against the father, who works as a social worker, should be sent to his regulator, Social Work England (SWE).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 10th March 2023

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Equalities watchdog criticises councils for leaving adults receiving social care “in the dark” about how to challenge decisions – Local Government Lawyer

‘Adults receiving social care in England and Wales are being failed if they try to challenge decisions made by local authorities, the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC) has claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd March 2023

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