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Equality
2012
Europe

Gypsy families must have stronger rights to challenge eviction

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Mrs Buckland was evicted from her caravan site following anti-social behaviour by her son and non-payment of bills by herself. She complained that had not had the chance to appeal against her conviction. She won her case.

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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
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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    Disability
    2013
    UK

    A woman with Down’s Syndrome wasn’t force sterilised

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    A local authority wanted a court to let doctors sterilise a woman with Down’s Syndrome. The court focused on her best interests and said the decision had to be the 'least restrictive' of a person’s rights and freedom of action. It wouldn't allow the sterilisation.

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      Family
      2002
      UK

      You can get information about an anonomous donor parent

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      Two adults successfully challenged the law that prevented them from knowing the identities of the birth parent who had anonymously donated the sperm used to conceive their birth.

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        Disability
        1975
        UK

        Sterilisation is considered the deprivation of a basic human right

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        This case was about the wardship of an 11 year old girl with mental health problems. The court said sterilisation was the deprivation of a basic human right and it would, if for non-therapeutic reasons without consent, be a violation of that right.

        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
          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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          Family
          2008
          UK

          Children and mums must be kept together when fleeing domestic violence

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          Mother and children were fleeing domestic violence and ended up in London. Social workers said they were intentionally homeless and would take children into care. Right to a family life used to keep family together.

          Disability
          2015
          UK

          A family can receive damages if a council messes up care proceedings

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          The Council removed a 15 day old baby from its mother and put it into care. There were unnecessary delays and confusion over the plan for the baby's permanent home. It was finally placed with the mother's parents in Latvia aged 22 months.

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          Family
          2009
          Europe

          Strong family ties can prevent deportation

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          Mr Omojudi had lived in the UK for over twenty years. He had committed offences while in the UK. He had 3 children and 1 grandchild, all in the UK. The government wanted to deport him. He won his case to stay.

          Family
          2014
          UK

          A woman could have a child using sperm of her deceased partner

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          A widow wanted to use the sperm of her husband, who died aged 32 years old of a brain tumour. He had not given his consent in writing. She won her case.

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          Family
          2008
          UK

          Unmarried couples in Northern Ireland can apply to adopt

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          An unmarried couple in Northern Ireland were banned from applying to adopt because they were unmarried. They challenged the ban and they won their case.

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          Family
          2007
          Europe

          Prisoners may be entitled to artificial insemination

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          A prisoner and his wife were refused artificial insemination. He was serving a sentence for murder and she would be past child-bearing age when he was released. They won their case.

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            Children
            1987
            Europe

            Birth parents have the right to challenge childcare decisions

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            A mother complained that she was not given the chance to object to her children being taken into care. She won her case.

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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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              Family
              2001
              UK

              Female prisoners and their babies should not be automatically separated

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              Two women serving long prison sentences challenged the prison policy to remove their children from them at eighteen months. One won, the other lost. The prison service was told to be flexible in how it treated women with babies.

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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
                  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
                  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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                    Family
                    2011
                    UK

                    A non-UK national can apply for a marriage visa if they are under 21

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                    Quila and Bibi were stopped from entering the country to marry because they were under 21. They successfully challenged the law, which was meant to help prevent forced marriages.

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                    Family
                    2012
                    Europe

                    A child should be taken from their family if in their best interests

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                    A couple with a child had a history of domestic violence and alcohol abuse. The court decided the child should be placed for adoption. They were right to do so, because, whilst family ties should be maintained where possible, the child's safety and well-being must come first.

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                      50 Cases
                      2002
                      UK

                      Councils must provide adequate housing for disabled people

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                      A severely disabled, incontient and wheelchair bound woman and her family of eight were housed inadequately. Their local council failed to rehouse. The High Court decided this showed a ‘singular lack of respect’ for her private and family life and awarded damages.

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                        Family
                        2003
                        UK

                        Councils must adapt to needs of disabled families

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                        Carers refused to lift disabled daughters because they were not allowed to under the terms of their employment. The family objected to their refusal to help. The family won their case.

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