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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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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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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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    Family
    2014
    UK

    Doctors must involve families in ‘Do Not Resuscitate’ notices for patients

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    A 'Do Not Resuscitate' Notice was put in the Mrs Tracey's medical notes without consulting her or her family. The doctors' failure to consult breached her right to personal autonomy and to respect for private and family life.

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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.

    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
    2009
    UK

    There’s a right to information about your own adoption

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    An adult was seeking information about his adoption in the 1950s. Both his birth parents had died. The adoption society refused to give him the information. He challenged the refusal and won his case.

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    Family
    2001
    UK

    Children are entitled to find out who their birth parents are

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    A father wanted to force a mother to allow testing to confirm he was the child's birth father. She did not want the tests to happen. He won his case.

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      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
        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
        2010
        Europe

        A tenant’s family circumstances must be considered during eviction

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        Tenants in a housing trust said they should not be evicted even after their leases had come to an end as it would cause their families hardship. They won their case.

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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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          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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            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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              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
              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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                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
                  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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                  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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                  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
                    2014
                    Europe

                    If you’re a parent in one country, you’re a parent everywhere

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                    French courts refused to grant legal recognition of parent-child relationships which had been legally recognised in the USA. This was found to breach the child's right to respect for private 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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                    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
                    2003
                    UK

                    Deceased fathers can be named on birth certificate

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                    A widow won the right to put the name of her deceased husband on the birth certificates of her children. The law was changed to allow all women to do the same.

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