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

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High Court rules on s.117 after-care services and personal injury damages – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 16th, 2016 in damages, local government, news, personal injuries, social services by sally

‘It is not open to a council to refuse to make provision for a person otherwise entitled to after-care services under s.117 of the Mental Health Act 1983 on the basis that the claimant is in receipt of damages for personal injury including for the cost of such care, a High Court judge has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th November 2016

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The UN Just Criticised The UK’s Record On Disability Rights – RightsInfo

‘The UK government’s welfare reform policy has resulted in systematic violations of the human rights of disabled persons, according to the United Nations Committee on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities.’

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RightsInfo, 14th November 2016

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Child trafficking: Scores missing from UK care homes – BBC News

‘Trafficked children and unaccompanied child asylum seekers are going missing from UK care homes at “an alarmingly high rate”, two charities have said.’

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BBC News, 15th November 2016

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With and without foundation – Bedroom tax in Supreme Court – Nearly Legal

‘The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in the culmination of years of cases on the discriminatory impact of the ‘removal of the spare room subsidy’ – the bedroom tax. The outcome was mixed, even including a split judgment on one case, but in at least one respect, the bedroom tax regulations were held to unlawfully and unjustifiably discriminate against households with disabled members.’

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Nearly Legal, 9th November 2016

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Families win supreme court appeals over ‘unfair’ bedroom tax – The Guardian

‘Two families who claimed that the bedroom tax, which restricts housing subsidies, was unfair have won their appeals against the UK government at the supreme court.’

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The Guardian, 9th November 2016

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Warning of potential rise in legal actions as adult care funding gap bites – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 9th, 2016 in care homes, disabled persons, elderly, local government, news, social services by sally

‘The number of cases in relation to adult care could rise with local authorities struggling to cope with a funding gap, it has been claimed.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 8th November 2016

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Councils risk ‘legal action over care cuts’ – BBC News

Posted November 8th, 2016 in care homes, disabled persons, elderly, local government, news, social services by sally

‘Council cuts to care in England are so severe there is a real risk families may take legal action, experts say.’

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BBC News, 8th November 2016

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Social worker fails in High Court bid to lift nine-month suspension – Local Government Lawyer

Posted October 31st, 2016 in appeals, news, professional conduct, social services by sally

‘A former Nottingham City Council social worker has failed in her bid to persuade the High Court to lift a nine month’s suspension of her registration imposed by the Health and Care Professions Council (HCPC).’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th October 2016

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Serious case review launched over teenaged Spalding killers – BBC News

Posted October 20th, 2016 in children, mental health, murder, news, social services, young offenders by tracey

‘Review to examine if signs of deviant behaviour were missed in boy and girl, now 15, who killed Elizabeth and Katie Edwards.’

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The Guardian, 19th October 2016

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Vulnerable children left at risk by ‘horrifying’ state of social services, government watchdog finds – The Independent

Posted October 12th, 2016 in children, education, local government, news, reports, social services by tracey

‘Vulnerable children are being left at risk of harm due to the dire state of social services, a report from the Government’s spending watchdog has found.’

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The Independent, 11th October 2016

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New law will let councils opt out of child protection rules – The Independent

Posted October 5th, 2016 in bills, children, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A Government Bill is to give local councils unprecedented new powers to opt out of child protection laws, leading children’s charities to warn that vulnerable children could suffer.’

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The Independent, 5th October 2016

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Care home company fined £1.6m for letting woman freeze to death – The Guardian

Posted September 29th, 2016 in care homes, duty of care, elderly, fines, news, social services by tracey

‘A care home that allowed a 91-year-old woman to die of severe hypothermia has been fined £1.6m.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2016

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Care home residents deprived of liberty in record numbers – The Guardian

‘Record numbers of care home residents are being deprived of their liberty by being put in straps, locked in or given behaviour-controlling drugs, fuelling fears that some are being mistreated.’

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The Guardian, 28th September 2016

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