Father who poisoned his child’s mother, maternal grandparents, keeps parental responsibility

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A family court case — where the judge had previously found that the father was responsible for the fatal poisoning of the maternal grandfather and the non-fatal poisoning of the mother and maternal grandmother — has concluded that the father can retain his parental responsibility.

The latest application launched by the mother and heard in the Royal Courts of Justice had asked Judge Williams, amongst other issues, to: discharge the father’s parental responsibility; permission to change the child’s name; and to block the father from making any further applications.

The judge concluded that it wasn’t in the child’s best interests to give the father any forms of day-to-day decision making about his child, but decided that the restriction should not go so far as to strip the father of parental responsibility. As a result, Judge Williams decided that it would be “in the child’s welfare interests that parental responsibility is…

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Petition: Sexual assault victims denied compensation over minor convictions

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Welcome to another week.

A petition launched by Women Against Rape (WAR) has asked the Criminal Injuries Compensation Authority (CICA) to abolish all discriminatory obstacles and rules in claims by victims of sexual assault. WAR argues that these rules disproportionately affect female victims of rape and sexual violence.

Many of the women making claims reported they had been raped and sexually assaulted as children.

The petition will be formally announced on December 15, 2021 at an open online event.

Figures show that almost 1,000 claims for compensation by people who reported they had been sexually assaulted were denied by CICA, many of whom say their claims were rejected because of minor rule breaking such as sex work and unpaid TV licenses.

Data from the Ministry of Justice shows that 74% of convictions forTV licencefee evasion in 2019 weremade against women, while almost a third of all women’s criminal convictions are…

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Welcome to another week.

These are the child welfare items that should be right on your radar:

Many thanks to Dana for alerting us to the last item.

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