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The Supreme Court is to hear a landmark case which could have an impact on the rights of thousands of abuse victims. It concerns two people, known as CN and GN, who allege that, between 2006 and 2011, Poole Borough Council did not do enough to protect them as children…
A major new report highlighting how social care has become a postcode lottery for children across the UK has been published following research conducted by the University of Sheffield. The Sheffield study, led by Professor Kate Morris from the University’s Department of Sociological Studies, explores the relationship between poverty, care…
A father and his three-year-old daughter who were separated for months while he was detained under immigration powers are to receive £50,000 damages from the Home Office. Approving the settlement of the judicial review claim at London's High Court on Wednesday, Judge Blair said that the eventual reunion of the…
A council worker has embraced his new-found fame as Harry Kane's doppelganger. Danny McLaughlin says he gets stopped in the street by people mistaking him for the England footballer and has even missed trains because 'fans' are begging him for a picture. The 26-year-old, who lives in West London, told…
A woman who left Wales and travelled to the Republic of Ireland when pregnant after her first son was taken into council care is facing fresh family court litigation in Britain. Social services staff in the Republic of Ireland say decisions about the future of the woman's second son, who…
A council has been told to apologise for acting unfairly towards a mother who wanted to move her son to a new school after she was the victim of "honour"-based violence. Nottingham City Council failed to follow proper procedures and subjected the woman to an inappropriate line of questioning during…
Ministers have been accused of complacency by MPs in the face of a looming cash crisis for local councils in England. The Commons Public Accounts Committee warned authorities were facing an "unsustainable" £5 billion funding gap by the end of the decade unless the Government steps in with additional funding.…
Council bosses took legal action after a social worker mislaid a notebook containing sensitive information about families he was working with. Bosses at Derby City Council discovered that Gideon Zeti's notebook had been read by a member of the public who had copied parts of it. They feared that confidential…
The NHS will be able to make decisions to deprive people of their liberty under new law, health officials have announced. The current Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) system has been heavily criticised, with a Government-commissioned review in 2017 calling for the system to be replaced as a matter of…
An English High Court judge has approved the placement of a sexually-abused 14-year-old girl at a specialist unit in a rural area of Scotland. The youngster had endured a "damaged and disrupted" early childhood and had been left with a "wide range of complex therapeutic needs", Mr Justice Cobb said.…
Local services are on the brink of collapse and will be damaged beyond recognition if the Government fails to plug an £8 billion funding gap, council leaders have warned. Chancellor Philip Hammond's next spending review will be "make or break" for authorities that are already under huge funding pressures, the…
The Government faces renewed calls for buffer zones around abortion clinics after a High Court judge upheld a ban on protests outside a London facility. Ealing Council was the first in the country to create a 100-metre protest-free zone outside a Marie Stopes clinic in the west London borough following…
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