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A couple have won damages after complaining that their baby son was unfairly taken from them as a result of decisions made by council social services staff. Bosses at Kirklees Council, which has offices in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire, admitted breaching the human rights of mother, father and child. A High…
Some ethnic groups are being unintentionally excluded from using food banks and other community food aid, according to a new study. Researchers from the University of York looked at how 67 food aid providers work in Bradford, West Yorkshire - a city which is nearly 25% Muslim. But the team…
A High Court judge has given social workers permission to keep the existence of a toddler a secret from his half-brother and half-sister. Mr Justice Cobb heard that the 15-month-old boy was living with a couple who want to adopt him - and concluded that revealing his existence might disrupt…
Disabled travellers have won a partial victory at the Supreme Court in their battle for priority use of wheelchair spaces on buses. The case was triggered when wheelchair user Doug Paulley, from Wetherby, West Yorkshire, attempted to board a bus operated by FirstGroup which had a sign saying: ''Please give…
Many inspirational figures in popular culture – from Harry Potter to Superman – were fostered, adopted or institutionalised as youngsters. Wider recognition of this could help to dispel prejudice against children in care, claimed poet, dramatist, broadcaster and activist Lemn Sissay when he launched a major student conference at the…
Three sisters whose parents did not give them names have been taken into care following family court hearings. The eldest girl has been adopted and the younger girls placed for adoption. Detail has emerged in a judge's ruling published on a legal website. Judge Sarah Lynch said she had been…
Lawyers have vowed to fight on with a long-running, multimillion-pound compensation claim over alleged sex abuse in a Catholic children's home despite losing three out of four first "test" cases. A total of 249 men have lodged claims against the Diocese of Middlesbrough and the De La Salle Institute which…
Police and social services staff have come under fire from a High Court judge who said there were systemic flaws in a joint investigation relating to two children. Mr Justice Cobb made "many criticisms" of the investigation by West Yorkshire Police and Wakefield Metropolitan District Council. He outlined concerns in…
A senior family court judge has concluded that a girl was "brutally" sexually assaulted by an uncle for the best part of a decade - nine months after a prosecution was halted. Police had investigated after the girl, now 14, told a teacher that she had been sexually abused and…
The Charity Commission has launched an inquiry into how a leading Roman Catholic independent school has handled allegations of child sexual abuse. Ampleforth College, in North Yorkshire, is already the subject of a police investigation into historical allegations of abuse. In September the Right Reverend Cuthbert Madden, Ampleforth College's chairman…
A computer game enabling trainee social workers to immerse themselves in a wide range of challenging situations is among a range of initiatives being developed by the University of Huddersfield, backed by the Departments of Health and Education, million-pound Social Work Teaching Partnerships. The major new policy of creating Social…
A former boarding school teacher who sexually abused four pupils and had sex with one girl on his wife's wedding dress to "satisfy his fantasies" has been jailed for 12 years. Oxford-educated Simon Ball, 42, admitted sexually abusing one girl while he was director of music at Kimbolton School near…
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