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7 October 2019 Another Ofsted investigation resulting in prosecution – Independent school in Lincolnshire found operating illegally

Following an Ofsted investigation, it was found that Freiston Hall, an independent school in Lincolnshire, was operating illegally. The school was found to be unregistered and unsafe but had been accepting £1,200 per week per child.

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17 May 2019 Children and contact with parents who are domestic abusers

It was announced on 15 May 2019 that “more than 120 MPs have written to the government asking for an inquiry into how family courts in England and Wales treat victims of domestic violence.”

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11 March 2019 13 years for first FGM conviction

The first conviction of female genital mutilation (FGM) has resulted in a 13 year jail sentence for the child’s mother.

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4 March 2019 The ongoing battle to keep up with technology

In an era where technological advances are changing the face of how we communicate, the protection of children and young adults remains a challenge for all.

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1 February 2019 An updated consideration of consent and positions of trust

Consent in abuse claims has long been a controversial and difficult subject to broach. Many organisations have been criticised for raising the issue.

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30 July 2018 JW v Leicester City Council (1) and Leicestershire Police (2)

The claimant, JW, brought a claim for damages in respect of sexual abuse inflicted upon him by Martin Todd in 2009. The claimant secured convictions against Martin Todd in respect of this abuse on 10 March 2011.

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26 July 2018 Another door opens for victims of sexual abuse

The Court of Appeal this week handed down judgment in the case of JT v First-Tier Tribunal and Others opening the door for many victims of sexual abuse, who were previously prevented from seeking compensation from the CICA.

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25 July 2018 The Government is warned of the chronic lack of secure accommodation

His Honour Judge Gareth Jones, a Family Court Judge in North Wales, has recently publicised his views in relation to the availability of secure accommodation for young people, as he stated that the “situation has become a serious one.”

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25 July 2018 Children Act 1989 - Section 20 and damages

The Supreme Court decision in Williams and another v Borough of Hackney [2018] UKSC 37 was an example of the local authority getting Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 right.

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25 July 2018 Children Act 1989 – Section 20 and consent

Section 20 of the Children Act 1989 provides the local authority with the power to provide accommodation for children without a court order when they do not have somewhere suitable to live.

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