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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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    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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    50 Cases
    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
      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
        2014
        UK

        Keeping children with family should be considered before adoption

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        A child was placed for adoption without proper consideration of whether a placement in Poland with her grandparents would have been preferable. This breached the family's right to respect for private / family life.

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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
          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
          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
          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
            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
            2012
            UK

            Removing the governmental task force set up to protect children was unlawful

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            The Government failed to set up the Child Poverty Commission, as required by Parliament, to advise on the preparation of child poverty strategy. This was unlawful.

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            Children
            1994
            Europe

            Unmarried parents can be a family

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            The father in an unmarried couple challenged the Dutch government's refusal to recognise him as the legal father of the couple's child, unless his partner's husband denied paternity. He won his case.

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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
                Europe

                The state must protect children against sexual abuse in school

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                Irish primary school pupils were sexually abused by their teachers. The Irish authorities would have known about similar abuses before the 1970s. They didn't do enough to systematically protect the children.

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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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                    Children
                    2002
                    Europe

                    If child access is jeopardised, parents must have legal representation

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                    Parents were denied legal representation at a hearing to free their child for adoption. This breached their rights to a fair hearing and respect for family life, as the importance and complexity meant they should have legal representation.

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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
                      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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                        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
                        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
                        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
                        2012
                        UK

                        Unaccompanied minors claiming asylum must be properly cared for

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                        The eight appellants had arrived from Afghanistan as unaccompanied minors and were at that time aged between 15 and 16. The Home Office refused their asylum claims but granted each of them Discretionary Leave until they reached 17½, but it was found that the duty to the minors goes further than this in order to protect the minor’s best interests.

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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
                          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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