Association of Lawyers for Children hits out at Cafcass/ADCS agreement – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Association of Lawyers for Children (ALC) has said it is “deeply concerned” by a recent agreement entered into by Cafcass and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd March 2017

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Social worker loses appeal over ruling by judge that she improperly altered records – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 3rd, 2017 in appeals, care orders, news, social services by tracey

‘The Family Court has dismissed an appeal by a social worker against a finding that she improperly altered records concerning children in care proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 1st March 2017

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County council defends High Court challenge to cut to personal budget – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 2nd, 2017 in budgets, carers, disabled persons, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A county council has defended a High Court challenge to its decisions to reduce a severely disabled man’s personal budget and revise his care and support plan.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th February 2017

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Cloisters column part two – ‘Premature Labelling? A child-centred approach to questions of gender identity’ – Cloisters

Posted February 22nd, 2017 in care orders, children, family courts, gender, news, social services, transsexuals by sally

‘This is part two of a two-part series on trans rights from leading equality and human rights barrister Claire McCann at Cloisters. Part one explores toilets and gender identity.’

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Cloisters, 14th February 2017

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How is the PLO working? What is its impact on court process and outcome? – Family Law Week

‘The last five years have brought important reforms to care proceedings. The Judiciary made proposals for modernising family justice with a focus on strong judicial leadership, judicial continuity and better case management.2 The Family Justice Review3 recommended that the duration of care proceedings should be limited to 26 weeks, that fewer experts should be instructed in proceedings and there should be more limited scrutiny of the care plan, with the court considering only the plan for permanency (care by the parents(s), placement in the extended family, long-term fostering, or adoption) and not matters such as services for the child and contact arrangements. The Review’s recommendations were enacted in the Children and Families Act 2014, supplemented by new procedural rules (the PLO 2014) and implemented on April 22, 2014. This date also marked the opening of the Family Court, replacing the triple jurisdiction of the Family Proceedings Court, the County Court and the High Court. ‘

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Family Law Week, 17th February 2017

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The boy who watched IS beheading videos – BBC News

‘What leads a young child to stand up in front of his class and tell his school friends that he agrees with the aims and objectives of the so-called Islamic State?’

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BBC News, 14th February 2017

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Mother who let her two boys sleep in her bed has them taken away by judge – Daily Telegraph

Posted February 13th, 2017 in adoption, children, family courts, news, private hearings, social services by sally

‘A mother who allowed her two children to sleep in her bed has had them taken away from her by a family court judge after social workers raised concerns.’

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Daily Telegraph, 12th February 2017

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Police force which lost vital evidence into toddler Poppi Worthington’s death, failed other youngsters too, watchdog reveals – Daily Telegraph

Posted January 26th, 2017 in children, evidence, news, police, reports, social services by tracey

‘A “troubled” police force heavily criticised after the death of 13-month-old Poppi Worthington needs “immediate” improvement in order to protect children, watchdogs have said.’

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Daily Telegraph, 26th January 2017

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Child Contact Interventions: An Underused Resource – Family Law Week

Posted January 12th, 2017 in children, contact orders, news, social services by tracey

‘Gabrielle Jan Posner, barrister of Trinity Chambers, Chelmsford, argues for the greater use of child contact interventions in appropriate circumstances.’

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Family Law week, 11th January 2017

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Poppy Widdison: Agencies missed chances to protect drugged girl – BBC News

Posted January 12th, 2017 in child cruelty, children, drug abuse, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Agencies missed several chances to protect a girl who died after being fed drugs by her mother, a serious case review has found.’

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BBC News, 11th January 2017

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‘Bonfire of children’s rights’ Bill opposed – BBC News

Posted January 10th, 2017 in bills, children, news, social services by sally

‘A Bill described as “a bonfire of child protection rights”, which would let councils opt out of key legal duties to children, is being debated on Tuesday.’

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BBC News, 10th January 2017

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Theresa May vows to correct ‘burning injustices’ – BBC News

Posted January 9th, 2017 in Charity Commission, mental health, news, social services, speeches by sally

‘Prime Minister Theresa May has promised to introduce wide-ranging social reforms to correct what she calls the “burning injustices” in modern society.’

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BBC News, 8th January 2017

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Judge lambasts council and police for flaws in investigation and care case – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 5th, 2017 in care orders, damages, human rights, news, police, social services by tracey

‘A High Court judge has strongly criticised a council and a police force for serious breaches of the Human Rights Act, after two children were retained in care despite their mother not being charged with an offence following her arrest.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th January 2017

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The new domestic violence bill has finally been passed – but there’s a disappointing reason it took so long – The Independent

Posted December 19th, 2016 in bills, crime prevention, domestic violence, news, social services, treaties, victims by sally

‘The current attitude towards victim support reveals much about societal attitudes towards domestic abuse, which does not see dignity as something abuse survivors are entitled to as a fundamental and inalienable human right, but rather as an additional extra for which they must work, opt in to, convince society that they have earned.’

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The Independent, 16th December 2016

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Children ‘left at risk by government reform delay’ – BBC News

Posted December 16th, 2016 in children, delay, local government, news, select committees, social services by tracey

‘Children are being left “at risk of harm” because of the government’s failure to develop “credible” plans to improve child protection, MPs warn.’

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BBC News, 16th December 2016

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West Yorkshire police and agencies ‘failed to protect’ groomed girl – The Guardian

Posted December 7th, 2016 in child abuse, news, police, rape, sexual grooming, social services by tracey

‘Police and social services in West Yorkshire were guilty of “a serious systematic failure” to safeguard a vulnerable girl who was groomed and raped by at least 13 men, an investigation has found. A serious case review by the Bradford Safeguarding Children Board found insufficient steps were taken to protect the girl from exploitation.’

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The Guardian, 6th December 2016

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Witness Protection: Can non-parties appeal critical findings made in a judgment which infringe their human rights? – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted November 30th, 2016 in appeals, human rights, jurisdiction, local government, news, police, social services, witnesses by tracey

‘Re: W (A child) [2016] EWCA Civ 1140. A Family Court judgment was severely critical of two witnesses and the applicant local authority. In an oral “bullet point” judgment at the end of the hearing, the Judge found that the witnesses, a social worker (“SW”) and a police officer (“PO”), had improperly conspired to prove certain allegations regardless of the truth, or professional guidelines.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 30th November 2016

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Social worker and police officer win challenge over criticisms made by judge – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 25th, 2016 in judgments, news, police, setting aside, social services, witnesses by tracey

‘A social worker and a police officer have successfully crossed what McFarlane LJ called “legal landmines” to secure deletion of criticisms made of them by a judge.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 23rd November 2016

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“If You Prick Us, Do We Not Bleed?”: The Harassment of Cafcass and Local Authority Workers in Family Law Proceedings – Family Law Week

Posted November 23rd, 2016 in damages, harassment, injunctions, news, social services, violence by tracey

‘Bianca Jackson, barrister of Coram Chambers, sets out the civil remedies available to persons subjected to harassment.’

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Family Law Week, 15th November 2016

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British born children entitled to citizenship but caught in an evidence trap – Legal Voice

Posted November 18th, 2016 in children, citizenship, evidence, news, social services by sally

‘There are many impediments to children registering their entitlement to British citizenship. Solange Valdez and Steve Symonds have previously written for Legal Voice on the separate issues of good character and Home Office fees. A whole other set of difficulties arises for many children in relation to evidence.’

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Legal Voice, 18th November 2016

Source: www.legalvoice.org.uk