Interim relief in age assessment cases – revisited – Local Government Lawyer

‘Joshua Swirsky discusses a case where Upper Tribunal Judge Smith once again had to consider the balance of convenience in an age assessment case when interim relief is sought.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th July 2024

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New practice guide: Supporting children and young people with communication needs – Family Law

‘Communication difficulties are a core characteristic for people with a learning disability. A new four-part practice guide aims to enable decision-making by children and young people with speech, language and communication needs (SLCN).

The practice guide offers guidance, tips and practice pointers for practitioners to involve a child or young person with SLCN in making decisions about their lives. The primary focus is to ensure the voices of children and young people with SLCN are heard.’

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Family Law, 8th July 2024

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

‘Significant failing’ in care of Royal Marines recruit who took his own life – The Guardian

Posted July 4th, 2024 in armed forces, inquests, mental health, news, self-harm, suicide, young persons by sally

‘There was a “significant failing” in the care of a teenage Royal Marines recruit who took his own life after struggling on a demanding training course, a coroner has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 3rd July 2024

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Tribunal “erred in law” by failing to recognise young person lacked capacity to litigate and failing to appoint his mother as alternative person – Local Government Lawyer

‘An Upper Tribunal judge has ruled that the First-tier Tribunal “erred in law” by failing to recognise that a young person lacked capacity to litigate and consequently his mother should have been appointed as his alternative person.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 28th June 2024

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Four teenagers convicted over fatal stabbing of Kennie Carter in Manchester – The Guardian

‘Four teenagers have been found guilty of killing a 16-year-old boy who was stabbed in the chest in what prosecutors described as a “cowardly” revenge attack in Manchester.’

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The Guardian, 26th June 2024

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Drawing on forced marriage – The Law Teacher

Posted June 27th, 2024 in education, forced marriages, news, young persons by sally

‘Forced marriage is illegal in the United Kingdom and civil legal remedies have been created to protect victim-survivors. However, legal responses have to go hand in hand with education to prevent and end this harmful practice. Comics are a creative educational tool that is accessible, engaging and inclusive, reaching diverse audiences. Comics tell nuanced and sensitive stories about complex experiences, challenging readers to identify, understand and confront injustice, and to act for a better world. Therefore, comics are an effective way to teach teenagers about forced marriage and to support their development as allies to those at risk or already experiencing it.’

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The Law Teacher, 21 June 2024

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Interim relief in age assessment cases – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Upper Tribunal recently considered the correct approach to interim relief in age assessment cases. Joshua Swirsky analyses the ruling.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 7th June 2024

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Boy guilty of murdering teen on party dance floor – BBC News

Posted June 5th, 2024 in children, imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘A teenager who stabbed a 17-year-old boy to death on a crowded dancefloor has been found guilty of murder.’

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BBC News, 4th June 2024

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The older child and medical treatment decisions – mental capacity or competence? – Mental Capacity Law and Policy

‘Re J (Blood Transfusion: Older Child: Jehovah’s Witnesses) [2024] EWHC 1034 (Fam) is a characteristically thoughtful judgment from Cobb J, concerning whether authorisation should be given to provide a 17 year old Jehovah’s Witness with blood products in a planned operation. In analysing the legal framework, Cobb J was taken to the decision of the Court of Appeal in E v Northern Care Alliance NHS Foundation Trust and F v Somerset NHS Foundation Trust [2021] EWCA Civ 1888 (“E and F”). He resisted, however, the submission by the Trust that the decision set out the proposition that there can be a point in cases involving the medical treatment of those under that 18 that “the discretionary powers on the court to intervene convert into a duty on the court to intervene to preserve the young person’s life” (paragraph 33).’

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Mental Capacity Law and Policy, 12th May 2024

Source: www.mentalcapacitylawandpolicy.org.uk

Jehovah’s Witnesses and blood products: Re J – Law & Religion UK

‘In J (Blood Transfusion: Older Child: Jehovah’s Witnesses), Re [2024] EWHC 1034 (Fam), J was a baptised Jehovah’s Witness aged 17 years 7 months who was awaiting abdominal surgery. As a Jehovah’s Witness, he did not consent to the use of blood products in the event of a significant uncontrolled intra-operative or post-operative bleed [1 & 2]. The Applicant, the University Hospitals Plymouth NHS Trust, applied to the court for a declaration that it would be lawful and in J’s best interests for him to receive blood products if required in the event of an emergency in the surgery.’

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Law & Religion UK, 10th May 2024

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Man convicted of jealousy-fuelled prom night murder – BBC News

Posted May 10th, 2024 in imprisonment, murder, news, sentencing, young offenders, young persons by sally

‘A man has been found guilty of murdering a teenager in an “unprovoked” attack on the night of the victim’s school prom.’

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BBC News, 9th May 2024

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Terror watchdog condemns WhatsApp for lowering UK users’ minimum age to 13 – The Guardian

Posted April 19th, 2024 in children, internet, news, ombudsmen, telecommunications, terrorism, young persons by sally

‘The UK’s terror watchdog has criticised Mark Zuckerberg’s Meta for lowering the minimum age for WhatsApp users from 16 to 13, warning that the “extraordinary” move could expose more teenagers to extreme content.’

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The Guardian, 18th April 2024

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The Strange Case of the Seven Year Child – EIN Blog

Posted April 9th, 2024 in children, families, human rights, immigration, news, young persons by tracey

‘The Private Life immigration route was introduced along with many other changes to the rules in July 2012 to implement the government’s view of its obligations under Article 8 ECHR. These rules have been amended several times since then, often in response to judicial findings and particularly in relation to children and young adults, by which we mean those under 18, and those aged between 18 and 24.’

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EIN Blog, 9th April 2024

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UK smoking ban for those born after 2009 starts journey into law – BBC News

Posted March 22nd, 2024 in bills, children, government departments, health, news, smoking, young persons by sally

‘Rishi Sunak’s plan to ban anyone born after 2009 from buying cigarettes is starting its journey into law.’

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BBC News, 21st March 2024

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Retailers who break new smoking ban face on-the-spot fines in UK – The Guardian

‘Powers to issue £100 on-the-spot fines are to be handed to council officers enforcing a landmark law banning future generations from smoking, which Rishi Sunak has hailed as a chance to “save thousands of lives and billions of pounds”.’

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The Guardian, 20th March 2024

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Mikey Roynon: Teens found guilty of killing 16-year-old boy – BBC News

‘Three teenagers have been found guilty of killing a 16-year-old boy with a zombie knife at a house party.’

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BBC News, 7th March 2024

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Judge rejects challenge to council declining to conduct EHC assessment – Local Government Lawyer

Posted March 5th, 2024 in local government, news, special educational needs, young persons by tracey

‘The High Court has rejected a challenge against a council’s decision not to undertake an education, health and care (EHC) needs assessment, after the local authority had expressed the view that the claimant was aged approximately 10 years older than his claimed age of 17.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 4th March 2024

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Hundreds of small boat migrants charged with illegal entry to UK after new powers come into force – The Independent

Posted February 27th, 2024 in asylum, children, immigration, news, prosecutions, young persons by tracey

‘Hundreds of small boat migrants have been charged with arriving illegally in the UK, or arranging the arrival of others, in the year after new powers came into force. New analysis from the University of Oxford and a coalition of charities shows that in the year following the expansion of the government’s new laws on restricting channel crossings, the Nationality and Borders Act, some 240 small boat migrants were charged with illegal arrival to the UK.’

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The Independent, 26th February 2024

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Boy, 16, who fell to death during scouts’ trip was unlawfully killed, jury finds – The Guardian

‘A 16-year-old scout was unlawfully killed when he fell to his death during a trip to a rugged beauty spot in north Wales, a jury has concluded.’

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The Guardian, 22nd February 2024

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Detention at Her Majesty’s Pleasure incompatible with young murderers’ human rights – Law Society’s Gazette

‘High Court judges have ruled that to keep a young offender convicted of murder detained indefinitely is incompatible with certain rights under the European Convention on Human Rights.’

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Law Society's Gazette, 12th February 2024

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk