Category Archives: Abuse

A Local Authority’s powers and duties to accommodate children in accordance with s20 Children Act 1989…

In the matter of Williams and another v London Borough of Hackney [2018] UKSC 37 the Supreme Court considered the limits of a Local Authority’s powers and duties to provide accommodation for children in need (as defined by s17 CA … Read more

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S20 and the Duty to Accommodate…When is enough, enough?

The case of R (on the application of A) v Haringey LBC considers whether the Local Authority (in this case, the London Borough of Haringey) had carried out its duty under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 to provide … Read more

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GDPR in the Insurance Sector – what has changed?

Having been looming on the horizon since 2016, GDPR and the Data Protection Act 2018 are now in full force and effect. Insurers, claims handlers, loss adjustors, and solicitors all handle vast quantities and categories of personal data relating to … Read more

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Family Court Judge Criticises The Lack Of Therapeutic Support Offered To A Mother Who Faces Losing Her Second Child

The case of A Local Authority v The Mother & Another (2017) EWFC B59 raises interesting questions. Could the public money that a Local Authority expends to remove a child from their parent, be better invested at a much earlier … Read more

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Section 20 – the latest….

The recently heard Court of Appeal case of London Borough of Hackney v Williams and Anor [2017] EWCA CIV 26 now permits local authorities to accommodate children under Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 without parental consent, contrary to … Read more

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Victory For NSPCC’S ‘Flaw In The Law’ Campaign

Justice Secretary Liz Truss announces new law that makes sexual communication with a child a criminal offence with effect from 3 April 2017

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Naming your Abusers

In a nutshell The right of a claimant to name the people who abused her prevailed over the rights of the perpetrators and others to private and family life.

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Seventeen year olds cannot decline section 20 accommodation if their welfare is seriously prejudiced says the Court of Appeal….

The recent case of Re W (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 804 concerned a 17 year old girl who was accommodated by the Local Authority in a residential care unit in accordance with Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 … Read more

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The Child Protection Threshold Conundrum

A Community Care Survey of over 1000 Social Workers has found that over 70% of Practitioners believe that the threshold for Child Protection has risen in the last 12 months. Recent research has shown that children deemed to sit just … Read more

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Foster Carers; A New Era?

The changes to fee structures for foster carers is causing upset. Under some schemes, fostering payments are being cut if the foster carers are not deemed to have done enough to support and develop the fostering service. Some local authorities … Read more

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