Month: March 2015

High Court rules long-term detention of teenager was lawful

This was a hearing to establish whether the long-term hospital detention of a teenage boy was lawful. By the time he was eight years old, the boy had been diagnosed with Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder, Asperger’s Syndrome and Tourette’s syndrome. At the age of 14, and in view of continuing challenging behavior, his parents sought…

Human rights committee inquiry report

The joint committee on human rights, parliament’s scrutiny body on human rights, has concluded its inquiry on the UK’s compliance with the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. It raises a number of concerns relevant to children living in institutional settings. The committee says the UK’s failure to accept the UN complaints mechanism…

What’s the point of children complaining?

The Local Government Ombudsman (LGO) published a short report yesterday (10 March) giving the results of its survey of councils about the children’s social care complaints procedure. It includes five case studies where complaints were not investigated or resolved properly by local authorities. One of the complaints came from a 17 year-old girl who ran…