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Children
2009
UK

Children aren’t subjected to unreasonable curfews

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A 16 year old boy was not allowed out after 9pm in designated areas. He was not engaging in anti-social behaviour. He challenged the curfew. He succeeded.

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Children
2006
UK

Abducted children’s views on staying in the UK matter

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A Romanian mother brought her child to the UK. His father objected. The removal was not unlawful and the child wanted to stay in the UK. The child's views were taken into account and he was permitted to stay.

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    Children
    2012
    UK

    Children in care must be properly protected by the state

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    Two boys came into local authority care and were freed for adoption. The boys were moved between foster placements for 11 years, becoming increasingly unsettled. This breached several of their rights and local authorities had to re-examine their care systems.

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      Children
      1994
      Europe

      Children can’t be put up for adoption without parents knowing

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      Laws which allowed a child to be put up for adoption without her biological father's knowledge or consent breached his right to respect for private and family life, and meant he had been deprived of a fair hearing.

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      2001
      Europe

      Local authorities can be liable for child abuse if they failed to act

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      Four children were seriously ill-treated by their parents. The authorities were aware of this and failed to take action. The children's rights to freedom from inhuman and degrading treatment had been breached and they were entitled to compensation.

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        Children
        1987
        Europe

        Denying parents access to their children must be reviewable

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        Parents of children in care were denied access to their children. The parents were not informed of nor invited to the conference at which this decision was made. The judges said the authority's decision to terminate access must be reviewable by a tribunal.

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          50 Cases
          2014
          UK

          The police can’t keep you on their database for ever

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          Two people wanted minor crimes committed years ago (shoplifting a packet of fingernails; stealing a bike aged 11) to be removed from the national police database, as it was stopping them getting jobs. Their privacy had been breached and the law was changed.

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            50 Cases
            1998
            Europe

            You can’t beat up your child

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            A stepfather beat his stepson with a cane, causing him bruising. His defence was that "reasonable chastisement" was necessary to control the boy. The court said this was inhumane and degrading treatment.

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              Children
              2008
              UK

              Children can be protected against intrusive media attention

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              A photograph of the author JK Rowling's son was taken and published without permission or consent. It was decided that the child was entitled to privacy and the law should protect children against intrusive media attention.

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              Children
              2012
              UK

              Children’s identities are usually kept secret in personal injury cases

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              A child was involved in a personal injury case. The child's identity was kept a secret, to ensure her compensation was protected from those who might misuse the funds. Publication would breach her right to privacy / family life.

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              Children
              2006
              UK

              Young people can get confidential sexual health advice

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              A mother challenged guidelines allowing doctors to give sexual health advice and treatment to under 16s without telling their parents. In this case, young people's right to private life overrode the parents' rights.

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              Children
              2011
              UK

              Children’s rights are better protected in immigration detention

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              Asylum seekers and their children were detained in an immigration detention centre. Their detention was found to be unlawful and breached their rights to liberty and privacy / family life.

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              Children
              2003
              Europe

              Four children were protected from their mum’s partner

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              Children were sexually and physically abused by their mother's partner. Social services failed to discover the problem and prevent abuse. A judge decided they had been treated inhumanely and their right to private/family life was breached. They were entitled to compensation.

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                Children
                2001
                Europe

                Children should be protected from abuse within the family

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                Children in a family suffered abuse and neglect by their mother. They were not protected properly by the social services. They won their case and were awarded damages.

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                Children
                2001
                Europe

                Birth parents must be involved in childcare decisions

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                A four-year-old girl was taken into care and placed for adoption following allegations of abuse. Her mother was not consulted on the care plan and succeeded in her claim that this breached her right to a family life.

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                  50 Cases
                  2011
                  UK

                  Children’s views are key in deportation cases

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                  The Supreme Court decided that where a parent is deported, the rights of their children must be a primary consideration An asylum-seeker mother was allowed to remain in the UK because deporting her would breach her children's rights to respect for private and family life.

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                  Children
                  2015
                  UK

                  Disabled children still entitled to benefits in hospital

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                  A child’s disability benefit was taken away because he was in hospital for more than 84 days. This was discrimination and took no account of the fact that his family actually incurred additional costs while caring for him in hospital.

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                    Children
                    2010
                    UK

                    Children can access a summary of secret evidence about them

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                    The police arrested a child spotted with an 'inappropriate adult'. They would not tell the child or parents more. Access to secret evidence was needed to enforce rights to liberty and privacy. A court provided the gist of the information.

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                    Children
                    2010-12
                    UK

                    Systemic failings in child protection must be addressed

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                    After the 'Baby P Scandal', in which one-year-old Peter Connolly was killed by his abusive parents, the Government commissioned an independent review of child protection and social work. Human rights law requires effective investigations into deaths and inhumane treatment.

                    Children
                    2007
                    Europe

                    Children of all races must have equal access to education

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                    Disproportionate numbers of Roma children were placed in special schools. This breached their right to access to primary education and their right not to be discriminated against on racial grounds.

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                      Children
                      1989
                      Europe

                      Care leavers can access their child care records

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                      A care leaver wanted access to care records to establish whether he had grounds to complain of ill-treatment whilst in care. He was not permitted to see the entire file. This breached his right to respect for private life.

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                        Children
                        1995
                        Europe

                        Parents can access info related to their child’s case

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                        Parents of a child taken into care were not allowed to see documents referred to at a hearing to determine care provisions and access to their son. This breached their rights to a fair hearing and respect for family life.

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                          Children
                          2014
                          UK

                          Men suspected of grooming were banned from contacting girls

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                          Ten men were suspected of exploiting a young woman for sex. There was not enough evidence to prosecute them. They were banned from contacting the young woman.

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                          Children
                          2011
                          UK

                          Children abducted by a parent should generally be returned immediately

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                          Children were abducted by their mother, without their father's knowledge, from Norway and brought to the UK. The children would be returned to Norway as, overall, it was in their best interests.

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