Category Archives: Abuse

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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Unaccompanied Children And PR: Who Takes Responsibility?

Baljeet Sandhu, Director of the Migrant and Refugee Children’s Legal Unit, Islington Law Centre, describes unaccompanied migrant children as “the most vulnerable group that I and my team have ever worked with. In most cases, by the time they have … Read more

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We Need to Talk

Research has shown that children could be groomed by online predators in as little as 18 minutes.

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Skull and Bones of contention

Anyone with a smattering of legal knowledge will probably have come across the legal maxim known as the “eggshell skull rule “(sometimes called the thin skull rule). It is a doctrine that applies both to civil and criminal law and … Read more

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