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

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

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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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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