Transgender row should be reheard Court of Appeal rules

December 21, 2017 0 comments

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The exclusion of a transgender woman from her children’s lives must be reconsidered, the Court of Appeal has ruled. She left her family and the broader Orthodox Jewish Haredi community in Manchester two years ago after deciding to transition from male to female. Her estranged wife has refused to let the transgender woman see their…

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Muslim father cannot discuss Islam with children

October 30, 2017 1 comment

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A devout Muslim father has been told he cannot discuss Islam with his three children in a ‘pressurising’ way. The children are currently being cared for by a Christian foster family. They were taken into care following the loss of their mother, who died as a result of drug and alcohol abuse. The biological parents…

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Husband installs cameras to record his abuse

September 12, 2017 2 comments

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A 45 year-old husband resorted to installing cameras in his house to provide evidence of the abuse he suffered at the hands of his wife. The man secretly set up the cameras throughout his £200,000 home in Greater Manchester as he was convinced he would not be believed otherwise. The couple have been together for…

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Daughter seeks end to mother’s treatment

June 19, 2017 0 comments

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The daughter of a brain-damaged woman wants judicial permission to bring her mother’s treatment to an end. The mother, who is in her 70s and cannot be identified by the media, is in a “minimally conscious state” after she hit her head during a fall. Medically, this means that while she has experienced serious damage…

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‘Good’ ratings for three local councils

April 5, 2017 1 comment

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Ofsted has given postive ratings to the children’s services departments of three different councils following recent inspections. Wigan in Greater Manchester, Wolverhampton in the West Midlands, and Harrow in North London were all granted a rating of ‘good’ for their child protection work. Inspectors assessed the authorities in January and February of this year. The…

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Social worker accreditation comes into focus

December 23, 2016 0 comments

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A new accreditation system for social workers will not be universally introduced until 2019, the Department for Education has announced. The scheme will make its debut on  voluntary basis at 31 council fora two year period from early 2017, according to the Department for Education. Amongst the councils set to trial the plans will be…

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Civil partnership financial dispute begins in Court of Appeal

July 5, 2016 0 comments

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A claim by the ex-civil partner of a deceased property developer has reached the Court of Appeal. Helen Roocroft, now 41 and originally from Bolton in Lancashire, enjoyed an 18 year relationship with Carol Ann Ainscow, who became wealthy redeveloping properties on fashionable Canal Street in Manchester. The couple entered a civil partnership in 2008,…

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