Councils using ‘hundreds of thousands of people’s data to try and predict child abuse’ – Daily Telegraph

‘Councils are said to be using hundreds of thousands of people’s data to try and predict child abuse, it has emerged.’

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Daily Telegraph, 17th September 2018

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Restructuring options for UK local authorities – OUT-LAW.com

Posted August 20th, 2018 in budgets, local government, news, social services by sally

‘UK central government cuts and the fast-growing cost of social care have led to significant financial strain on local authorities. What are the restructuring options available to UK local authorities facing unlawful overspending?’

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OUT-LAW.com, 20th August 2018

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Matthew Scully-Hicks: Social services chief apologises for mistakes leading to toddler being murdered by adoptive father – The Independent

Posted August 3rd, 2018 in adoption, child abuse, doctors, murder, news, social services by tracey

‘A social services chief has apologised for mistakes in the care of a baby girl who was murdered by her father two weeks after he adopted her. A review has found that both social services workers and a doctor missed opportunities to spot anything abnormal when Elsie Scully-Hicks suffered a catalogue of injuries in the months before she died.’

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The Independent, 2nd August 2018

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Capacity in the context of Prader-Willi syndrome – Family Law

Posted July 31st, 2018 in disabled persons, expert witnesses, mental health, news, social services by sally

‘Ella Anderson, barrister at Spire Barristers, discusses the practical implications of the judgment in Re FX [2017] EWCOP 36 – the first ever reported decision to consider questions of capacity in the context of Prader-Willi syndrome, a rare genetic disorder which causes a range of physical, learning and behavioural difficulties.’

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Family Law, 30th July 2018

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Local government complaints to Ombudsman rose 3.5% in 2017-18 – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 26th, 2018 in complaints, local government, news, social services, statistics by sally

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) received 17,452 complaints and enquiries about local government in 2017-18, compared with 16,863 in the previous year, its annual review of local government complaints – published today – has revealed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th July 2018

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Jeffrey Barry: Brutal murder ‘could have been avoided’ – BBC News

Posted June 21st, 2018 in mental health, murder, news, racism, reports, social services by tracey

‘The murder of a man by a violent schizophrenia patient “could have been avoided” had a medical tribunal been given complete information on his past, a report has concluded.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2018

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Care Crisis Review publishes report setting out options for change – Family Law

Posted June 18th, 2018 in children, family courts, news, reports, social services by sally

‘The Care Crisis Review, funded by the Nuffield Foundation and facilitated by the Family Rights Group, has published its report. The report considers how to address the crisis in children’s social care and the family justice sector, and explores the factors which have contributed to it.’

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Family Law, 13th June 2018

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Legal system of child protection is in crisis, says senior judge – The Guardian

Posted June 13th, 2018 in care orders, child neglect, family courts, news, social services by sally

‘The family justice system is in crisis, fuelled by an “untenable” workload created by a glut of applications to take vulnerable children into care, the senior judge about to become the next head of the family courts has said.’

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The Guardian, 13th June 2018

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Ombudsman raps council over cuts to support given to man with special needs – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised the London Borough of Bromley after it significantly reduced the support package provided to a man with special needs.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 30th May 2018

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Mother convicted of tricking daughter into forced marriage abroad in legal first – Daily Telegraph

Posted May 23rd, 2018 in crime, families, forced marriages, news, prosecutions, social services by tracey

‘A mother has been convicted of tricking her daughter into a forced marriage abroad in a case believed to be a legal first.’

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Daily Telegraph, 22nd May 2018

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Ellie Butler report warns of further deaths unless failures put right – The Guardian

Posted April 25th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, murder, news, reports, social services by sally

‘Deaths like that of six-year-old Ellie Butler, who was murdered by her father, could keep happening unless failures in child protection are quickly corrected, a report obtained by the Guardian has warned.’

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The Guardian, 25th April 2018

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Parents facing ‘unfair child abuse claims’ over bruising – BBC News

Posted April 24th, 2018 in child abuse, children, health, news, parental rights, social services by sally

‘Parents are being investigated for possible child abuse because of the misinterpretation of guidelines on bruising in babies, it’s claimed.’

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BBC News, 24th April 2018

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Ellie Butler inquest: Agencies ‘did not contribute to girl’s death’ – BBC News

Posted April 11th, 2018 in child abuse, domestic violence, inquests, murder, news, social services by sally

‘Failings by agencies over the care of a six-year-old girl who was murdered by her father did not contribute to her death, a coroner has ruled.’

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BBC News, 10th April 2018

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Supreme Court expedites key case on liability of social services authorities – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Supreme Court has expedited the hearing of a key case over the liability of social services authorities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th April 2018

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Becky Watts: case review finds care service failed murdered teenager – The Guardian

Posted March 15th, 2018 in news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Professionals who worked with a 16-year-old Bristol girl killed in a sexually motivated attack by her stepbrother and his partner treated her as problematic rather than as a vulnerable adolescent with a difficult past, a serious case review has found. Seventeen experts from eight service providers saw Becky Watts in the three-and-a-half years before she was killed by her step-brother, Nathan Matthews, and his partner, Shauna Hoare, but she received a fragmented service and there was a lack of communication.’

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The Guardian, 15th March 2018

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Ellie Butler’s grandfather says he wants justice to prevail at inquest – The Guardian

Posted March 12th, 2018 in child abuse, grandparents, homicide, inquests, news, social services by sally

‘The grandfather of Ellie Butler, who was murdered by her father, says that he hopes the inquest into her death will allow him to finally lay his beloved granddaughter to rest.’

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The Guardian, 11th March 2018

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Landlords warned over blanket ban on applications from people on benefits – Local Government Lawyer

‘Lettings agents and landlords have been warned that they may be breaking the law if they refuse on a blanket basis to consider potential tenants simply because they are on benefits.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st March 2018

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Mother beat baby to death after authorities failed to share information – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 28th, 2018 in child abuse, murder, news, reports, social services by sally

‘A mother beat her baby to death after the authorities failed to share details of the ‘early signs of neglect’ in the family, a serious case review has found.’

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Daily Telegraph, 27th February 2018

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Portsmouth baby murder: ‘Poor information sharing’ before death – BBC News

Posted February 27th, 2018 in children, domestic violence, health, murder, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Poor information sharing between agencies meant warning signs were missed in the lead up to the murder of a 19-day-old baby by his mother, a serious case review has found.
Nicola Brown, 43, from Portsmouth, was found guilty of the murder of her son Jake following a trial in 2016. She was ordered to serve life with a minimum of 14-and-a-half years.’

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BBC News, 27th February 2018

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NHS judicial review to go ahead after High Court grants campaigners costs-capping order – Litigation Futures

Posted February 26th, 2018 in costs capping orders, health, judicial review, news, social services by tracey

‘A judicial review of the government’s plan to introduce accountable care organisations (ACOs) – which campaigners claim will lead to the stealth privatisation of the NHS – is set to go ahead after the High Court granted the crowd-funded claimants a costs-capping order.’

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Litigation Futures, 23rd February 2018

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