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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
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
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
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
    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
    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
    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
      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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      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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          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
          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
            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
            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
              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
              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
              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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                Children
                2012
                UK

                A child’s surgery happened despite mum’s objection

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                A child was prescribed chemo- and radiotherapy after brain surgery. His mother refused to consent to the treatment. A court decided that the treatment was in the child's best interests and ordered it to go ahead.

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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
                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
                  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
                    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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                      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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