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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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    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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    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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      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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      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
        2006
        Europe

        Both parents must consent to the use of sperm in IVF treatment

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        A woman and her husband separated after they had agreed to fertilise her eggs. The embryos were frozen and stored. She wanted to proceed with the pregnancy, he did not. She lost her 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
            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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            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
            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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              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.

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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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                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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                  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
                    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
                    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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                      Family
                      2002
                      Europe

                      Adults can access records of time spent in care as child

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                      A man wanted access to personal records of his time spent his care. He suspected the authority knew he was at risk of sexual abuse. The authority refused. He won his case.

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                        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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                        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
                          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
                          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
                            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
                            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
                            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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