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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
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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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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    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.

    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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    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
      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
      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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        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
          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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          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
            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
              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
                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
                  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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                    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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                      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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                      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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                      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
                        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
                          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
                          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
                          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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