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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
    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
      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
        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
          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
          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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          50 Cases
          2013
          UK

          Trafficked children are victims, not criminals

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          Victims of trafficking were forced into illegal work. A young boy was forced to cultivate cannabis, and a woman promised child-minding work was forced into prostitution. Their history of trafficking should have been taken into account.

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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
            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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              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
              2001
              UK

              Families who foster children should be paid the same as other carers

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              A family who were fostering children within the family successfully challenged the council policy to pay them less than non-family foster carers.

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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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              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

                Children in custody are recognised as vulnerable

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                A 14-year-old's clothing was removed after her arrest. There was no breach of her right to privacy, but the court emphasised the vulnerable position of children in custody. The police produced a report on vulnerable people in custody.

                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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                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
                  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
                    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
                    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
                    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
                      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
                        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
                          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
                            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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