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1978
Europe

Caning a child is wrong

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A boy was sentenced to be caned for assaulting another child. He had to remove his trousers and underpants then was held down and caned by policemen. This was found to be degrading punishment. The court famously said the European Convention on Human Rights was a "living instrument".

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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
      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
        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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        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
        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
          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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            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
            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
              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
                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
                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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                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
                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
                  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

                  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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                  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
                    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
                    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
                      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
                      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
                      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
                      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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