Local authority to plan baby’s funeral

March 27, 2017 0 comments

family law

A local authority has been given permission to plan the funeral for a baby who died last summer. The boy’s death was the result of brain damage. His parents, who cannot be identified, have been accused of killing him and are under investigation from the Police. They will stand trial later this year but have…

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Local authority ‘sued’ by five year old for neglect

February 7, 2017 1 comment

children in care

Legal action has been launched against a local authority on behalf of a five year-old boy and his siblings after social workers left them alone with drug addict parents. Instead of being taken into foster accomodation, the unnamed boy, his older brother and two sisters all remained in the couple’s care, living in dirty conditions,…

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Local authority neglected religious needs of children

April 15, 2016 1 comment

Sharia

A local authority which took seven children into care lost sight of their religious needs, a court has ruled. The siblings were the sons and daughters of a devout Muslim couple. Following allegations that the father had abused the older children, they were taken into care and placed in five separate homes, as well as…

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Local authority to monitor children of violent criminal

March 21, 2016 7 comments

prison, children, parents

The London Borough of Newham has been told it must keep a watchful eye on the three children of a man convicted of violent crimes. In 2003, the father was found guilty of offences which included attempted rape, indecent assault, actual bodily harm and attempted indecent assault. The victim of all of these crimes was…

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Local authority ordered to pay ten year-old £5000

March 11, 2016 0 comments

family law

A Family Court Judge has ordered Worcestershire County Council to pay a ten year-old boy £5,000 in damages. The council removed the child from his mother’s care in early 2011, although the latest judgment did not elaborate on the reasons for this decision. The man who is believed to be the boy’s father refused to…

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Father’s rights breached by local authority

January 21, 2016 0 comments

fostering and adoption

An unnamed local authority breached a father’s human rights when it took his four year-old daughter into care without consulting him. In Re C (A Child), the child’s mother had struggled to raise C’s older half siblings on her own after separating from their father. Eventually they went to live with him. She subsequently formed…

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Former MP demands name of local authority

January 11, 2016 2 comments

family life

Former MP John Hemming has criticised the family court’s refusal to name a local authority which breached a father’s rights. The man’s four year-old daughter had been living with her mother after her parents separated, but was taken into foster care amid concerns from the local authority that she was being neglected. However, they did…

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Devon local authority received second poor care rating

January 7, 2016 0 comments

family law

Torbay Council in Devon has received its second ‘inadequate’ rating in five years. After previously dubbing the local authority’s child protection services  ‘inadequate’ in October 2010, Ofsted has now declared that children’s services are still in need of improvement despite both good intentions and financial investment at the council. Inspectors wrote: “Important weaknesses remain in…

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