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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County council apologises for breach of court order in child protection case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 2nd, 2017 in care orders, children, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘Gloucestershire County Council has issued an unreserved apology after it was found to have breached a court order in a child protection case.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 2nd August 2017

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Council apologises over unlawful removal of child from mother – The Guardian

Posted July 28th, 2017 in care orders, children, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘Gloucestershire county council has apologised after it unlawfully removed a young child from its mother and placed it in foster care without giving the mother or father any notice of its intention to do so.’

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The Guardian, 28th July 2017

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Authorities ‘missed opportunities’ to stop two teenage brothers from Brighton joining al-Qaeda in Syria – The Independent

Posted July 28th, 2017 in children, domestic violence, Islam, news, social services, terrorism by tracey

‘Authorities failed to stop the radicalisation of two teenage boys who were killed while fighting for al-Qaeda in Syria despite monitoring them for years, an investigation has found.’

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The Independent, 27th July 2017

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Dozens of leading charities face insolvency after Government demands back pay for night-time carers – The Independent

‘Dozens of leading charities could face insolvency within weeks after the Government ruled they must pay millions of pounds in back payments to overnight carers.’

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The Independent, 19th July 2017

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Council forced to pay £12k to man who lives in tent because he is ‘allergic’ to electricity – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 7th, 2017 in electricity, housing, local government, news, social services, Wales by tracey

‘A council has been ordered to pay £12,000 to a man who lives in a tent because he claims he is allergic to electricity.’

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Daily Telegraph, 6th July 2017

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Soaring abuse of elderly amid warnings care system ‘disintegrating’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2017 in assault, care homes, community care, elderly, news, social services, statistics by tracey

‘Reports of abuse and neglect of the elderly have risen by one third, amid warnings from GPs that the care system is “rapidly disintegrating”. The number of cases referred to social services under safeguarding rules has soared, new figures show, with more than 5,600 referrals last year – an increase of 33 per cent in two years.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th June 2017

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Mothers ‘an unseen force’ in ‘honour’ abuse – BBC News

‘Mothers are the “unseen force” behind so-called honour-based abuse, inflicting violence on their daughters, a study has found. Research by Rachael Aplin, a criminologist from Leeds Beckett University, said this was often unrecognised by police.’

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BBC News, 27th June 2017

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The Children and Social Work Act 2017 – Community Care Blog

Posted June 16th, 2017 in children, local government, news, social services by tracey

‘After significant controversy and substantial amendments, the Children and Social Work Act 2017 received royal assent on 27 April. While the majority of the legislation is not yet in force, the changes contained in the Act will have important implications for the regulation of social work in England, safeguarding of children, and investigations into the death of children. In addition, the Act clarifies and amends the obligations of local authorities as corporate parents.’

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Community Care Blog, 14th June 2017

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Ombudsman criticises council for “systemic fault” in care home charging policy – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2017 in care homes, complaints, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised a council for a “systemic fault” in its charging policy for care homes that could have affected a number of people in its area.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th June 2017

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Murder of vulnerable alcoholic Angela Wrightson by teenage girls could not have been prevented, review rules – The Independent

Posted June 14th, 2017 in care homes, murder, news, social services, young offenders by tracey

‘Care home staff could not lock doors to prevent a 14-year-old from running away before she and a 13-year-old friend murdered a vulnerable alcoholic in her own home, it has emerged.’

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The Independent, 13th june 2017

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Charities say ‘gag law’ stops them speaking out on Tory social care plans – The Guardian

‘Charities have been silenced from speaking out about the Conservative social care plans despite believing they will be hugely damaging to elderly and disabled people across the country, it has been claimed.’

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The Guardian, 29th May 2017

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Bullying mother robbed teenage son of his childhood by convincing him he was dying, judge says – Daily Telegraph

‘A “bullying” mother robbed her teenage son of his childhood by convincing him he was dying, a judge has said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th May 2017

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Judge criticises ‘inhuman’ separation of elderly couples – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2017 in care homes, cohabitation, elderly, judges, married persons, news, social services by sally

‘Separating elderly couples against their wishes when one or both move to care homes must end, Britain’s most senior family judge has said.’

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BBC News, 10th May 2017

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Teenage boy given court care plan to stop him ‘waging jihad’ in Syria – The Guardian

‘A 17-year-old boy whose two older brothers were killed “waging jihad” in Syria is to be protected by a special care plan designed to keep him from following in their footsteps, the high court has been told.’

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The Guardian, 9th May 2017

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High Court to rule on Christian student declared unfit to practice as a social worker because of ‘traditional’ views on homosexuality – Daily Telegraph

Posted April 26th, 2017 in Christianity, homosexuality, judicial review, news, social services by sally

‘The High Court will rule on whether Christians who express “traditional” views on homosexuality can be barred from gaining professional qualifications after a social work student won the right to challenge his expulsion.’

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Daily Telegraph, 25th April 2017

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Child victims of sexual abuse in families let down by system: report – The Guardian

‘Child victims of sexual abuse within families are being let down by the system, the children’s commissioner for England has said.’

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The Guardian, 20th April 2017

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Disguised Compliance – Or Undisguised Nonsense? – Family Law Week

Posted April 19th, 2017 in families, legal language, news, social services by tracey

‘Paul Hart, barrister of 15 Winckley Square, discusses a term (and its appropriateness) which has become ubiquitous in social work statements in recent years.’

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Family Law Week, 10th April 2017

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