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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
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
    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
    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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      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
      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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        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
        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
          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

            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
              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.

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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
                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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                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
                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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                  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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                    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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                      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
                      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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                      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

                      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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                      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
                      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
                        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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