Child slavery victims being lured back into exploitation due to lack of support amid surge in cases – The Independent

‘Child victims of modern slavery are being lured back into exploitation and falling into homelessness as cash-strapped local authorities struggle to cope with a surge in cases, charities have warned. Thousands of young people who have been trafficked and exploited, often by county lines gangs or through international criminal networks, are being left to navigate complex legal, education and immigration systems alone because austerity-hit services cannot adequately support them.’

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The Independent, 18th October 2019

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Social services should not help man meet sex workers, judge rules – The Guardian

‘A judge has ruled that social services should not facilitate access to prostitutes for a man with learning disabilities who has a “high sex drive”.’

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The Guardian, 7th October 2019

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Disabled woman starved to death at home after carer visited own mother instead – The Independent

Posted August 29th, 2019 in care workers, community care, homicide, negligence, news, sentencing, social services by tracey

‘A care worker who left a severely disabled woman to starve to death in her home has been convicted of gross negligence manslaughter.’

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The Independent, 28th August 2019

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Social worker suspended after telling female colleague ‘I like a nice set of baps’ while looking through her shopping basket – Daily Telegraph

‘A social worker has been suspended after he groped a junior colleague and told her he liked a “good pair of baps” as he squeezed a pack of bread rolls in front of her.’

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Daily Telegraph, 18th August 2019

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‘Babies living with abusive parents under 24-hour CCTV, as Children’s Commissioner calls for review into the ‘Big Brother-style’ centres – Daily Telegraph

‘Babies are living with abusive parents under 24-hour CCTV surveillance, The Telegraph can reveal, as the Children’s Commissioner calls for a review into the ‘Big Brother-style’ accommodation.

However “disturbing” cases – which have remained unreported until now – where children have been physically injured and sexually abused while living in the units have prompted the Children’s Commissioner to call for a review into the controversial scheme.’

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Daily Telegraph, 4th August 2019

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Lucy McHugh murder case: Stephen Nicholson jailed for life – BBC News

‘A lodger who raped and murdered a 13-year-old girl to stop her exposing him as an abuser has been jailed for life.’

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BBC News, 19th July 2019

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Father’s Day Revenge? Female perpetrated domestic abuse, homicide and suicide – Transparency Project

‘On the 17th of June 2018, a father made an anxious call to Kent Police after his ex-partner failed to return their child after a period of unsupervised contact which had been agreed by the family court. Very sadly, the following morning, the Police found the bodies of the missing little boy and his mother. A Serious Case Review into “Child H” was conducted and published in the last week by Kent Safeguarding Children’s Board.’

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Transparency Project, 6th July 2019

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County council admits flawed practice of turning homeless children away, settles judicial review challenge – Local Government Lawyers

‘Essex County Council has settled a judicial review challenge brought on behalf of a 16-year-old homeless child, admitting that it had operated an unlawful practice of turning homeless children away from care in breach of section 20 of the Children Act 1989.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th July 2019

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University conducted flawed disciplinary proceedings in removing MA student from social work over disapproval of homosexual acts: Court of Appeal – Local Government Lawyer

‘A university conducted flawed disciplinary proceedings when it removed an MA student from a social work course for fitness to practice reasons, after he expressed religions views on a public social media platform disapproving of homosexual acts.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th July 2019

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Christian wins appeal after being thrown off social work course – The Guardian

‘A devout Christian thrown off a university social work course after being accused of posting derogatory comments about gay and bisexual people on Facebook has won the latest round of a legal battle.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2019

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Man who refused to register son’s birth loses high court case – The Guardian

‘A man who refused to register his son’s birth because he says he does not want him to be controlled by the state has lost a high court case.’

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The Guardian, 23rd June 2019

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Social worker struck off over sex ‘contract’ – BBC News

‘A social worker found to have groomed a vulnerable 19-year-old for sex and made him sign a “relationship contract” has been struck off.’

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BBC News, 21st June 2019

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‘We were tortured by our own father’ – BBC News

‘Jack and Sean – not their real names – suffered severe abuse from their father for more than 15 years.’

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BBC News, 13th June 2019

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Report: evidence of Huddersfield grooming ring not followed up – The Guardian

‘Opportunities were lost to tackle one of Britain’s largest grooming rings when information about two vulnerable girls being sexually exploited was not followed up, a review has found.’

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The Guardian, 10th June 2019

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Judge to rule whether man’s wife has mental capacity to consent to sex – Daily Telegraph

‘A judge is set to rule whether a man can continue to sleep with his wife of more than 20 years amid concerns over her mental capacity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 1st April 2019

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Stanhope Castle school abuse claims ‘groundless’, said 1979 report – BBC News

‘Allegations of abuse at a scandal-hit school were dismissed as “groundless”, a report leaked to the BBC has shown.’

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BBC News, 2nd April 2019

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Government backs down over ‘myth-busting’ guide on child protection – The Guardian

‘The government has withdrawn a controversial document that claims some statutory protections for vulnerable children are “myths”, after a charity launched an application for judicial review, the Guardian has learned.’

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The Guardian, 24th March 2019

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Phillip Nicholson: ‘Chances missed’ to protect murdered man – BBC News

‘A vulnerable man who was murdered by his ex-partner and her lover could have been better protected, a review found.’

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BBC News, 14th March 2019

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A Brief Guide to Carrying out Capacity Assessments -39 Essex Chambers

‘This purpose of this document is to provide for social workers and those working in front-line clinical settings a brief overview of the law and principles relating to the assessment of capacity. Its focus is on (a) how to apply the MCA 2005 principles when assessing capacity; and (b) how to record your assessment, primarily in the context of health and welfare decisions.’

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39 Essex Chambers, March 2019

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Government faces High Court action over children’s rights – BBC News

Posted February 22nd, 2019 in children, judicial review, ministers' powers and duties, news, social services by tracey

‘A children’s charity is taking High Court action against the government over its claims that some protections of children in care are “myths”. The Article 39 charity is seeking a judicial review of Department for Education guidance to local councils responsible for vulnerable children.’

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BBC News, 22nd February 2019

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