New system to tackle Child Sexual Exploitation

This week, a report has been published by the University of Bedfordshire into a new system for tackling child sexual exploitation (CSE) at root. In theory this should significantly reduce the risk of organised paedophilia across the country. The system, called Families and Communities Against Sexual Exploitation (FCASE) is a multiagency approach led by the

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Proton Beam Therapy Winning Hearts

It was reported today in the national press, that Ashya King, a young boy whose removal from a UK hospital sparked international arrest warrant against his parents, is cancer free after the successful proton beam treatment in Prague. This is a great result not only for Ashya and his family, but also for all other

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Inadequate overall rating for Bart’s Health NHS Trust

  I have this morning read the Care Quality Commission Report into the quality of care afforded at Whipps Cross Hospital. It is shocking. Every department has scored inadequate save critical care and maternity & gynaecology which ‘require improvement’. This is a terrible situation for the NHS Trust. Whips Cross University Hospital is only one

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Police stopped from protecting child abuse victims by the powerful

When you speak to a policeman they will tell you that they are ‘public servants’, with the interests of the public at heart – and not those who employ them. However, the latest revelations in connection with the Westminster child abuse scandal makes you wonder at their true role – to protect the vulnerable, or

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Care Home Neglect is it on the increase?

When we are concerned about our elderly family members, we try to find the best way to take care of them and their welfare is paramount. When we cannot afford a full time carer, the only alternative for many of us is a residential care home. We trust that our elderly family members would be

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‘National threat’ eh Mr Cameron? Put your money where your mouth is

As the Government announces new measures to tackle child abuse in the wake of the events which took place in Rotherham, our blogger, David Hutchinson, who himself was a victim of abuse as a child, gives his deeply personal response to the statement. Over the last day or so there has been a Serious Case

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High Court rules in favour of young man injured by “Shameless” actor

On 26 February 2015 Mr Justice Edis handed down his judgment that a claimant’s serious head injury, including the permanent loss of sight in one eye, was the result of battery by the defendant. Osbornes partner Sophie Davies acted for the claimant against one-time Shameless star Elliot Tittensor, who was driving an uninsured BMW at

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Court of Appeal makes landmark divorce ruling

The ex-wife of a millionaire racehorse surgeon has been told by a Court of Appeal Judge to get a job after ruling that her ex-husband does not have a duty to support her for life. Mr Wright, who runs an equine hospital in Newmarket was ordered to pay his ex-wife and their children £75,000 per

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E-cigarette user stopped from adopting

Naomi Angell, head of the Osbornes adoption team, was interviewed by Clive Bull of LBC on 22 February on a feature in that day’s Mail on Sunday. A family’s adoption assessment had been suspended by their local authority because one of the prospective adopters was an e-cigarette smoker and the local authority had a policy

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Osbornes settles historic children’s home child abuse cases

Sam Collard, specialist child abuse lawyer at Osbornes Solicitors has recently settled six cases of historic child abuse, which occurred in the 1970’s at a children’s’ home in London.  The children’s home in question has now been closed.  The case of VB one of the six individuals who was a resident at the home relates to

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