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Five obese children a year taken into local authority care (30 December 2013)

Children are being taken into local authority care after being removed from their homes because they are officially obese.  Read more...

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Families who smack their children “should face criminal charge” (30 December 2013)

The Children’s Commissioner for England Dr Maggie Atkinson has said that parents should be banned from smacking their children.
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More adoption funding follows government’s adoption package (27 December 2013)

The government has announced a funding boost for councils across England and Wales to help further streamline the adoption process.  Read more...

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Identity of 700 child sex offenders revealed to parents under Sarah’s Law (23 December 2013)

New data from a charity which works with sex offenders and those who have been abused have suggested that five paedophiles have been identified every week since Sarah’s Law was introduced in 2011.  Read more...

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Child abuse reports rise due to increased awareness (17 December 2013)

According to new statistics showing that child protection alerts have almost doubled during the last five years, people in the UK are being more proactive about reporting instances of child abuse.  Read more...

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Government Care Leaver Strategy- More Support for Young Adults Leaving Care (10 December 2013)

The Government have announced a new strategy “to remove some of the practical barriers that care leavers face as they progress into adulthood.”- By Oluwatomisin Ogundele  Read more...

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Families lose out in Autumn Statement (9 December 2013)

Research by the Institute for Public Policy Research (IPPP) has found that from 2018 families could be as much as £2,000 per year worse off as a result of the Chancellor’s proposals in the Autumn Statement.  Read more...

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Court hands down life sentence to paedophile accomplices (4 December 2013)

Sheffield Crown Court has jailed two men who were prolific paedophiles, including one man who was HIV positive and did not tell his family or victims.  Read more...

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Call to make reporting of child abuse compulsory (29 November 2013)

There are growing calls to make the reporting of suspected child abuse compulsory.   Read more...

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Rock singer pleads guilty to child sex abuse charges (27 November 2013)

The former lead singer of rock band the Lostprophets has pleaded guilty to the attempted rape of a one-year-old baby.  Read more...

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UK child abduction case – landmark ruling in Moscow (21 November 2013)

The Moscow City Court has ruled in favour of a British woman whose estranged husband took his sons to his native Russia for a holiday and did not return them to their mother.  Read more...

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Moscow court blocks mother’s fight to return her sons to England (19 November 2013)

A Moscow court has ruled in favour of allowing a husband to keep custody of his two sons, who he abducted when they came to spend two weeks with him in Russia at Christmas.  Read more...

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Domestic violence budget cuts may harm services (18 November 2013)

Survivors of domestic violence fear that there will be less support available for those who have suffered domestic violence as budget cuts to services are made.  Read more...

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Government may take over Birmingham’s failing children’s services (15 November 2013)

The government has warned that children’s services in Birmingham could be taken over if standards are not improved.  Read more...

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Birmingham children “abducted by father and living in Libya” (14 November 2013)

A Libyan man who took his two children from Birmingham to live in Libya have said he did so because he thought the UK was “too western”, according to lawyers.  Read more...

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Children’s Minister demands answers over Hamzah Khan’s death (14 November 2013)

The Children’s and Families Minister Edward Timson has expressed concern over a report into the death of four-year-old Hamzah Khan, who was left to starve to death by his mother.  Read more...

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South Yorkshire Police Force must address child sex exploitation “as a matter of urgency” (13 November 2013)

Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC) has said South Yorkshire Police Force must address its response to child sex exploitation crimes as a matter of urgency, after an investigation found that the force was still prioritising car crimes and burglary.  Read more...

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Children and Families Bill amendment “could see child protection privatised” (13 November 2013)

An amendment to the Children and Families Bill going through the House of Lords may mean more private providers taking over failing child protection services from Local Authorities.  Read more...

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Six-figure” payout for Baby P social service director’s unfair dismissal (29 October 2013)

The social services director who was removed from her post in the wake of the Baby P scandal has reached a settlement with Haringey Council over her unfair dismissal.
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Domestic Violence is not gender specific. Knowledge dispels fear (6 August 2013)

There is a common misconception in society today that it is men who are (physically) stronger than women and as such, are incapable of being victims of Domestic Violence.  Read more...

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Demanding the best for your children (10 June 2013)

We always want to provide the best for our children. If you find yourself in a situation where you need legal advice on how to safeguard the interests of your children, Legal 500/Chamber UK Leading Firm, Duncan Lewis can assist;   Read more...

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What is in a name- The legal position on changing a child’s forename or surname. (29 April 2013)

Naming a child is one of the most important decisions parents make together; so is it justified for the resident parent to simply change their child’s forename or surname when their relationship breaks down?   Read more...

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Legal Aid Cuts for Divorce; Cohabitees & Children Matters are Just around the Corner (22 March 2013)

It is very important for those who may be considering separation, or are separating and believe that they may be eligible for legal aid that they seek our advice & assistance before the 31st March 2013.   Read more...

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Social Services and Child Protection - Busting the Myths and Facing the Realities (20 March 2013)

As a child care law solicitor I advise and represent parents where social services have child protection concerns. This article is designed to shed some light on what a parent can and should expect from social services when there are concerns about the welfare of their child and to highlight the key advice I give to parents.
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