Archive for the 'children' Category

Child’s right to privacy in danger if redacted documents were publishable, court says – OUT-LAW.com

“Redacted information in a document that can be easily deciphered and contains personal information about a child should be prevented from being published in the media, the Court of Appeal has ruled.”

Full story

OUT-LAW.com, 4th May 2011

Source: www.out-law.com

Former West Yorkshire Pc jailed for child sex offences – BBC News

“A former West Yorkshire Police officer has been jailed for three years and nine months for a string of sex offences against children.”

Full story

BBC News, 28th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Private prisons illegally restrain children – The Independent

“Juveniles in private prisons are at risk of serious injury or death through the use of illegal restraints, according to research by the penal reform charity the Howard League.”

Full story

The Independent, 25th April 2011

Source: www.independent.co.uk

ETK v News Group Newspapers Ltd – WLR Daily

ETK v News Group Newspapers Ltd[2011] EWCA Civ 439; [2011] WLR (D) 141

“The principles applicable to the grant of an interim injunction restraining publication of private information were well established, but in appropriate cases the court’s approach was to be tempered by a clearer acknowledgment of the importance of the best interests of children.”

WLR Daily, 19th April 2011

Source: www.iclr.co.uk

Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Frankie Boyle’s Katie Price jokes censured – BBC News

“Media regulator Ofcom has censured comedian Frankie Boyle and Channel 4 for broadcasting ‘offensive’ jokes about Katie Price and her son Harvey.”

Full story

BBC News, 4th April 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Ministers ignoring Child Poverty Act, warn family campaigners – The Guardian

“Child poverty campaigners have written to the government warning ministers that they have broken a legal commitment to implement the Child Poverty Act fully.”

Full story

The Guardian, 4th April 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Children deserve better from family justice system – Ministry of Justice

“The family justice system needs significant reform to tackle delays and ensure that children and families get the service they deserve, says an independent panel set up to review how the system works.”

Full press release

Ministry of Justice, 31st March 2011

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

Grandparents to get legal powers over access in divorce battles – Daily Telegraph

“Grandparents will get new legal powers to guarantee them access to their grandchildren following divorce battles under proposals unveiled today, The Daily Telegraph can disclose.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 31st March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

An ugly totem for the abject failure of our criminal justice system – The Guardian

“At 10, our age of criminal responsibility is the lowest in Europe. But can you ever use age to determine maturity?”

Full story

The Guardian, 18th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Campaign to raise age of criminal responsibility – Daily Telegraph

“Children in England understand the difference between right and wrong at age 10, according to the law. Ten years old is also the age of criminal responsibility in Wales, Northern Ireland, Australia, New Zealand.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 16th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

How the law can be used to fight cuts to services for disabled people – Law Society’s Gazette

“Disabled children and disabled adults need significant support from public bodies to help them lead ordinary lives. These groups require both specialist and targeted services and flexible universal services which can be adapted to their needs.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th March 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

‘Pc Nipples’ and her colleagues taught boys a lesson on name-calling – Daily Telegraph

“Four police officers held a 90 minute ‘restorative justice conference’ with five schoolboys after they called a woman constable ‘PC Nipples’.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 10th March 2011

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Paedophile cult leader convicted for ‘satanic’ rape campaign – The Guardian

“A man has been found guilty of leading a ‘satanic’ sex cult from his home in a small Welsh town. Colin Batley, 48, of Kidwelly, west Wales, presided over a group that preyed on young children and held occult rites.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th March 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina v Grout – WLR Daily

“Care had to be taken when drafting a count in an indictment alleging an offence contrary to section 8(1) of the Sexual Offences Act 2003 because that section created at least two separate offences: (i) causing a child under 13 to engage in sexual activity and (ii) inciting a child under 13 to engage in a sexual activity.”
WLR Daily, 3rd March 2011
 
Please note that once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Ken Clarke faces legal challenge to trace victims of ‘brutality’ in child jails – The Guardian

“A high court challenge has been launched over the Ministry of Justice’s refusal to identify hundreds of children who have been unlawfully restrained in privately run child jails using techniques that have since been banned.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Criminal checks on people working with children scaled back – Home Office

“More than nine million people working or volunteering with children and vulnerable adults will no longer need to register and be monitored by the state.”

Full press release

Home Office, 11th February 2011

Source: www.homeoffice.gov.uk

Supreme Court ruling puts children first in immigration cases – Law Society’s Gazette

“A landmark Supreme Court ruling has put the ‘best interests of the child’ at the centre of decision-making in immigration cases involving the deportation or removal of their parents.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 10th February 2011

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Asbo replacement orders condemned by children’s charities – The Guardian

“Children’s charities today criticised the coalition’s plans to replace asbos with a new regime to tackle anti-social behaviour as little more than a rebranding exercise that would continue to demonise young people.”

Full story

The Guardian, 7th February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

ZH (Tanzania) v Secretary of State for the Home Department – WLR Daily

“The need to safeguard and promote the welfare of children who were in the United Kingdom was a primary consideration when immigration authorities were making a decision as to the deportation of a parent whose application for asylum in the United Kingdom had been refused. Once the children’s best interests had been identified, the authorities were then required to assess whether those interests were outweighed by any other considerations such as the need to maintain a proper and efficient system of immigration control. When the children had British citizenship that was of particular importance in assessing their best interests.”

WLR Daily, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Regina (Z) v Croydon London Borough Council – WLR Daily

Regina (Z) v Croydon London Borough Council [2011] EWCA Civ 59; [2011] WLR (D) 29

“Where a court was considering whether to grant permission to proceed with a claim for judicial review of a local authority’s decision in an age assessment case the court should ask whether the material before it raised a factual case which, taken at its highest, could not properly succeed in a contested factual hearing. If so, permission should be refused. If not, permission should normally be granted, subject to other discretionary factors, such as delay. It was axiomatic that an unaccompanied asylum seeker who claimed to be a child should be given, where an assessment of his age was being conducted by a local authority, a fair and proper opportunity, at a stage when a possible adverse decision was no more than provisional, to deal with important points adverse to his age case which weighed against him.”

WLR Daily, 2nd February 2011

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Landmark human rights ruling allows asylum mother to remain in UK – The Guardian

“Immigration authorities will have to listen to the views of children whose parents are facing deportation, the supreme court has said, in a landmark human rights ruling on the rights of children born to illegal immigrants.”

Full story

The Guardian, 1st February 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Related link: Full judgment: ZH (Tanzania) (FC) v Secretary of State for the Home Department

Yarl’s Wood child detention ruled unlawful – The Guardian

“A high court judge has ruled that two mothers and their children were unlawfully detained at Yarl’s Wood immigration centre after dawn raids on their homes last year.”

Full story

The Guardian, 11th January 2011

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Most child offenders should not face court, says report – BBC News

“The government is being urged to end Crown Court trials for children in England and Wales.”

Full story

BBC News, 5th January 2011

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Mother discovered in bed with 14-year-old boy is jailed – Daily Telegraph

“A mother-of-two who was caught having sex with her 14-year-old schoolboy lover has been jailed for three years.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 20th December 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Principal Reporter v K and others – WLR Daily

Principal Reporter v K and others [2010] UKSC 56; [2010] WLR (D) 332

“Positive procedural obligations inherent in the right to respect for family life required sufficient safeguards to be put in place so that a parent or other person whose family life with the child was at risk in the proceedings was given a proper opportunity to participate in the decision-making process.”

WLR Daily, 16th December 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

New compassionate approach to family returns – UK Border Agency

“Yarl’s Wood immigration removal centre will close to children with immediate effect today, following a review of the detention of children and family returns by the government working with key partners.”

Full press release

UK Border Agency, 16th December 2010

Source: www.ukba.homeoffice.gov.uk

Family Law Bar Association Warns of Consequences of Civil Legal Aid Cuts – The Bar Council

“Ahead of Justice Secretary, Kenneth Clarke QC MP’s appearance before the Justice Select Committee tomorrow, the Family Law Bar Association (FLBA), which represents family barristers in England and Wales, has warned of the potentially dangerous consequences of the planned cuts to civil legal aid.”

Full press release

The Bar Council, 14th December 2010

Source: www.barcouncil.org.uk

Nativity photos not against law, says data watchdog – BBC News

“Parents should be free to photograph their children in nativity plays, the Information Commissioner has said.”

Full story

BBC News, 8th December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

High Court upholds bid to ban cigarette machines – The Independent

“Government plans to ban cigarette vending machines to help prevent under-age smoking were upheld as lawful by the High Court today.”

Full story

The Independent, 1st December 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Hair test ‘nearly cost mother baby’ – BBC News

“A hair test on a mother who nearly lost her child over alcohol allegations has been criticised by the High Court – potentially calling into question some tests done in similar cases.”

Full story

BBC News, 1st December 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Let sex offenders adopt and work with children, says report – The Guardian

“The government could face legal action if it continues to ban sex offenders from working with children, according to new research published today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 30th November 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Family courts have lost authority, warns judge – Law Society’s Gazette

“A High Court judge has warned that the family court needs to reassert its authority to tackle the ‘lack of respect’ shown for its orders.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 29th November 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Lets hear it for the child; Restoring the Authority of the Family Court, Blue skies and Sacred cows – Speech by Mr Justice Coleridge

Lets hear it for the child; Restoring the Authority of the Family Court, Blue skies and Sacred cows (PDF)

Speech by Mr Justice Coleridge

Association of Lawyers for Children: 21st Annual Conference, 26th November 2010

Source: www.judiciary.gov.uk

Merton London Borough Council v Sinclair Collis Ltd – WLR Daily

Merton London Borough Council v Sinclair Collis Ltd [2010] WLR (D) 286

“Notwithstanding the civil complaint procedure embodied in s 7(2) of the Children and Young Persons Act 1933 (as amended), a sale of tobacco to a person under the age of 18 through a cigarette vending machine was capable of being an offence contrary to s 7(1) of the 1933 Act.”

WLR Daily, 10th November 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

6,000 childminders and nurseries failing to keep children safe – Ofsted – Daily Telegraph

“The watchdog said that 15 per cent of childcare providers inspected between September 2008 and September 2010 – 5,978 in total – fell short of basic legal standards for child protection and welfare and were ordered to make urgent improvements.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 28th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Lord chief justice calls for reform of family system

“The adversarial court system is not appropriate for settling parental disputes over the custody of children, the lord chief justice said today.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 26th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Child detention in immigration centres faces legal challenge – The Guardian

“A high court challenge to bring to an immediate end the detention of children in immigration removal centres was launched today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 26th October 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Regina (SO) v London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (The Children’s Society intervening) – WLR Daily

Regina (SO) v London Borough of Barking and Dagenham (The Children’s Society intervening) [2010] EWCA Civ 634 1101; [2010] WLR (D) 257

“Local authorities enjoyed, by virtue of s 23C(4)(c) of the Children Act 1989, the power to accommodate a person who had formerly been a child in care and was therefore a former ‘relevant child’ within s 23A of the Act, and a local authority was not entitled, when considering whether the welfare of a former ‘relevant child’ who was also an asylum seeker required that he be accommodated by it, to take into account the possibility of support by the National Asylum Support Service.”

WLR Daily, 20th October 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

Children to be protected from risks of reality shows with new laws – Daily Telegraph

“Reality television shows face curbs on their use of children amid concerns that young participants are being exploited by programme-makers.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th October 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Forced mediation ‘may not serve interests of children’ – Law Society’s Gazette

“Family solicitors have warned that government plans to divert private law disputes over children away from the courts and towards mediation may not lead to child-focused outcomes.”

Full story

Law Society’s Gazette, 14th October 2010

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Girl persuades judge not to send her back to Canada as Middlesbrough is ‘more exciting’ – Daily Telegraph

“The schoolgirl who was ‘abducted’ from her father’s home in Canada by her English mother won the right not to return after telling judges: “I never, never in my whole life want to go back there. The 13-year-old made clear her determination to stay in the Teesside town when Lord Justice Thorpe and Lady Justice Smith took the unique step of holding a private interview with her halfway through a hearing at London’s Civil Appeal Court.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 24th September 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

Children ‘used as ammunition’ in separations – The Guardian

“Parents who split up are damaging their children’s welfare by using them as ‘ammunition’ in the separation process, according to England’s most senior family court judge.”

Full story

The Guardian, 21st September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Home Office to deport Jamaican mother after 10 years in UK – The Guardian

“A hunger striker who protested at the treatment of immigration detainees in Yarl’s Wood detention centre is due to be deported to Jamaica today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 15th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Barnado’s chief calls for age of criminal responsibility to be raised – The Observer

“Martin Narey says children shouldn’t be held legally accountable for actions until they are 12.”

Full story

The Observer, 12th September 2010

Source: http://observer.guardian.co.uk/

Government climbdown on detention of children in immigration centres – The Guardian

“Immigration minister Damian Green announces intention to ‘minimise’ detention of children rather than end practice.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th September 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk

Leicester boy loses ‘laser pen’ appeal – BBC News

“A 14-year-old youth accused of shining a laser pen at a police helicopter in Leicester has failed to convince the High Court he should not be prosecuted.”

Full story

BBC News, 7th September 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

15 years for man who raped 10-year-old girl – The Independent

“A married father of one who repeatedly raped a 10-year-old girl then tried to blame her for what happened was jailed for 15 years today.”

Full story

The Independent, 27th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Married teacher jailed over teenage sex charges – The Independent

“A married teacher who had sexual relationships with three teenage girls was jailed today for nearly seven years, court officials said.”

Full story

The Independent, 27th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Adoptive parents guilty of child cruelty – The Independent

“A couple who allowed their adopted children to be abused by two paedophiles were found guilty of child cruelty today.”

Full story

The Independent, 25th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

Tricky task of sentencing the young for serious crimes

“Two 11-year-old boys have been given a three-year supervision order for the attempted rape of an eight-year-old girl in a west London park. But how does the offenders’ age affect the sentence?”

Full story

BBC News, 18th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Four-year-old apologises as part of scheme where criminals say sorry to victims – Daily Telegraph

“A boy aged four is believed to be the youngest child in Britain to be dealt with under a scheme which involves criminals apologising to victims.”

Full story

Daily Telegraph, 17th August 2010

Source: www.telegraph.co.uk

High Court backs boy who rejected father – The Independent

“A schoolboy who was told by a judge that he must live with the father he claimed to hate yesterday succeeded in forcing the High Court to reverse its decision.”

Full story

The Independent, 12th August 2010

Source: www.independent.co.uk

R (PM) v Hertfordshire County Council – WLR Daily

R (PM) v Hertfordshire County Council [2010] EWHC 2056 (Admin); [2010] WLR (D) 229

“A local authority charged with obligations to children under ss 17 and 20 of the Children Act 1989 was not bound by a simple finding of fact by the First Tier Tribunal (Immigration and Asylum Chamber) as to the age of an applicant for support. Such a finding was not a judgment in rem nor otherwise binding in law on the local authority, or on other strangers to the asylum and immigration appeal.”

WLR Daily, 6th August 2010

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

IPCC takes no action after girl hit by Taser by mistake – BBC News

“The police watchdog has said it will take no action against officers after a 14-year-old girl was accidentally shot with a Taser in Nottinghamshire.”

Full story

BBC News, 6th August 2010

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

Children left in danger by court delays – The Guardian

“Children are being damaged by unprecedented delays in the family courts in England and Wales, where judges can now take up to 65 weeks to decide whether it is safe for them to remain with their parents, Britain’s largest children’s charity says today.”

Full story

The Guardian, 9th August 2010

Source: www.guardian.co.uk


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