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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Sexting: treating children as ‘mini sex offenders’ could make things worse – Daily Telegraph

Posted September 20th, 2016 in children, news, reports, sexual offences, social services, teachers, telecommunications by tracey

‘Children should not be treated as “mini sex offenders” for behaviour such as sexting or other types of exploration which they are likely to grow out of, official guidance for teachers, medical staff and social workers signals.’

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Daily Telegraph, 20th September 2016

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Adoption and The Children and Social Work Bill – Family Law Week

Posted September 16th, 2016 in adoption, bills, children, news, social services by tracey

‘Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland, pupil barrister at FOURTEEN, considrs the extent to which the proposed legislation promotes adoption as the preferred model of permanency for children subject to care proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 15th September 2016

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Sharon Shoesmith on Baby P, child protection and the tabloid media: ‘I came very close to not standing up again’ – The Guardian

‘The death of a toddler at the hands of his abusive family shocked the nation in 2007, and led to the sacking and demonisation of Sharon Shoesmith, head of Haringey children’s services. But was she just a scapegoat?’

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The Guardian, 19th August 2016

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Council fined £100,000 after social care files left in empty building – The Guardian

Posted August 17th, 2016 in data protection, fines, local government, news, privacy, social services by sally

‘A county council has been fined £100,000 after files containing highly sensitive personal details of more than 100 people were discovered in a disused building.’

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The Guardian, 17th August 2016

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The Disabled Child: State Provision of Care & Education, and the Implications for a Civil Claim – Byrom Street Chambers

‘This paper seeks to outline:
a. Local Authority (“LA”) obligations to provide care or other services to children under the Children Act 1989 and the Chronically Sick and Disabled Persons Act 1970
b. LA obligations under the Children and Families Act 2014 in relation to special educational needs and disability.’

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Byrom Street Chambers, 14th June 2016

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Parents with disabilities – Park Square Barristers

‘It is entirely common for care proceedings to involve parents with learning disabilities or difficulties. This case is essential reading for all practitioners involved in such cases. It sets out the expectations on the state (inevitably through a local authority) to provide support to such parents in caring for their children.’

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Park Square Barristers, 23rd June 2016

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Man neglected by mental health services gets life sentence for manslaughter – The Guardian

Posted July 11th, 2016 in homicide, mental health, news, sentencing, social services by sally

‘A man who is mentally ill has been sentenced to life with a minimum term of 10 years for killing a retired solicitor after their cars were involved in a minor collision.’

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The Guardian, 8th July 2016

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Father loses right to care for baby son after social services raise alarm over his ‘risky’ use of apps ‘for the purposes of sexual intercourse’ – Daily Telegraph

‘A 29-year-old unemployed man who wanted to care for his baby son has lost a family court fight after social workers complained about him meeting women online for sex.’

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Daily Telegraph, 5th July 2016

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Ellie Butler judge ‘took unwarranted steps’ to reunite her with violent parents – The Guardian

‘A senior judge in the family court took “unwarranted” extra steps in reuniting a man with a violent and criminal past with his young daughter 11 months before he beat her to death, the author of a serious case review has said.’

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The Guardian, 22nd June 2016

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Ben Butler guilty of murdering daughter Ellie – BBC News

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering his six-year-old daughter just 11 months after she was returned to his care following a custody battle’

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BBC News, 21st June 2016

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They think they’ve got away: How to catch a historical sex offender – BBC News

‘Sex offenders think they’ll get away with it. And often they do. Sometimes it can take years to bring them to justice, while others escape retribution altogether. So how do you go about making sure perpetrators of horrendous crimes committed in the distant past are caught and convicted?’

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BBC News, 20th June 2016

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Mental health services missed chances to save suicidal teenager, coroner rules – The Guardian

Posted June 16th, 2016 in health, inquests, mental health, news, social services, suicide, young persons by tracey

‘Social care agencies missed opportunities to help a 17-year-old girl who took her own life months after being removed from a child protection plan, a coroner has ruled. Katy Skerrett, the senior coroner for Gloucestershire, said there had been a lack of communication between mental health and social care professionals in the treatment provided to Anielka Jennings.’

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The Guardian, 15th June 2016

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High Court quashes appointment of social worker to supervise sex offender – Local Government Lawyer

Posted June 15th, 2016 in child abuse, local government, news, social services, supervision orders by sally

‘City and County of Swansea Council has succeeded in having a court order quashed that would have made an inexperienced and unwilling social worker the supervisor of a child sex offender.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th June 2016

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Poppi Worthington: ‘normalised’ troubled background meant alarm bells never sounded – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 14th, 2016 in child abuse, inquests, news, reports, social services by sally

‘A total lack of “professional curiosity” by health workers about the troubled family background of the toddler Poppi Worthington meant vital questions which might have prevented her death were never asked, an official report finds.’

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Daily Telegraph, 13th June 2016

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EU court rejects child benefits challenge – BBC News

Posted June 14th, 2016 in benefits, children, EC law, immigration, news, social services, tax credits by sally

‘A challenge to the UK’s right to deny some EU migrants child benefit and child tax credits has been rejected by European judges.’

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BBC News, 15th June 2016

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More than 1,200 FGM cases recorded across England in three months – The Guardian

‘Midwives have called for renewed efforts to tackle female genital mutilation (FGM) after more than 1,200 cases were recorded across England in just three months. This includes 11 Britons who were identified as being subject to FGM.’

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The Guardian, 9th June 2016

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Would mandatory reporting help stop child abuse? – The Guardian

‘The proposal to introduce mandatory reporting in the victims of crime bill has divided opinion – an objective discussion is needed.’

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The Guardian, 6th June 2016

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Drug counsellors, how could drug legislation be improved? – The Guardian

Posted June 1st, 2016 in consultations, drug abuse, drug offences, news, social services by sally

‘As an annual survey finds MDMA is making a comeback, we want to hear from those who work with addiction about reducing the damage of drug misuse.’

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The Guardian, 31st May 2016

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