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The Church of England "botched" an inquiry into historical allegations of sexual abuse, the author of a review of the report has said. Sir Roger Singleton said the Church's Past Cases Review in 2010 did not give a comprehensive picture of the problem and that those conducting it refused to…
A foster carer who sued her former agency over allegations that prevented her from working has accepted substantial damages at the High Court. Francine West brought proceedings for defamation, malicious falsehood and breach of the Data Protection Act against 24Seven Fostering Services. Her solicitor, Dominic Garner, told Judge Richard Parkes…
A senior judge has concluded that a woman accused of not complying with an order made in a family court was wrongly given a three-month suspended prison sentence. Mr Justice Baker has quashed the sentence, imposed in February by a family court judge at a hearing in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, after…
Grandparents, not council bosses, should have responsibility for two boys who have been at the centre of Family Court litigation, appeal judges have ruled. A Family Court judge had decided that the boys, aged five and two, should be taken from the care of their mother and live with their…
Nearly 200 children a day are being placed on plans to protect them from neglect and abuse, research has found. Children's services are being "pushed to the brink" by the demands of dealing with the equivalent of six classrooms' worth of pupils every day who are at risk of significant…
A family court judge has criticised social services staff over their handing of a case involving an injured baby, but kept the name of the council they work for secret. Judge Thomas Greensmith said the way a social worker had gathered and recorded evidence had been "wholly inappropriate". He also…
A review involving researchers from the University of Sheffield has outlined 20 recommendations to tackle the rising number of children entering the care system in England and Wales. Professor Kate Morris, Head of the University of Sheffield’s Department of Sociological Studies, along with PhD students Calum Webb, Permela Sehmar and…
Scotland's First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has called on the Home Office to "urgently review" the case of a 10-year-old orphan who is facing deportation. Ms Sturgeon has called on the Home Office to show "compassion" and "common sense" towards Giorgi Kakava who has lived in Scotland for most of his…
Judges in a specialist court have been asked to decide whether a woman who suffered brain damage in a car crash which left her husband and two eldest children dead should be separated from her only surviving child. The case is being analysed at the Court of Protection, where judges…
A police force has been fined £80,000 after an officer sent a bulk email identifying victims of non-recent child abuse. The email was sent to 56 recipients by an officer from Gloucestershire Police who was investigating allegations of abuse against multiple complainants. The Information Commissioner's Office said the unnamed officer,…
A social worker who said a woman was failing to meet her son's "emotional needs" because she had not taken him out for an ice cream and did not get his hair to be cut "in the way that he liked" has come under fire from a High Court judge.…
A rise in council applications to take children into care is making the workload of family courts "untenable", a senior judge said. Lord Justice McFarlane, a Court of Appeal judge based in London who specialises in family litigation, said there is a "crisis" that is not abating. He raised concern…
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