Not a moment too soon! Time for root and branch reform over properly defining the limits of state intervention in (established) family life is long overdue.
Three cases have surfaced which test the boundaries of councils’ and other government bodies’ duties of care around vulnerable children.
On our Watch List are the following:
This case involves two men who were children at the time, and who along with their mother, were placed in accommodation near a family with a history of anti social behaviour. The mother and her sons, one of whom was severely disabled, were targeted, and suffered deep distress from the harassment they experienced, with one child trying to commit suicide as a result. The family had tried to get help from the local authority, police and housing association, without success. They were relocated some time later.
The case has now made it to the Supreme Court, and looks at whether the local authority has a duty to protect children from harm by third parties whilst…
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