London Live Speaks With Researching Reform About Charlie Gard And The Supreme Court

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Charlie Gard, a baby boy with a rare genetic condition is due to have his life support cut off tonight at midnight, unless the parents’ legal team can convince the Supreme Court that it is in his best interests to delay the decision.

That is what his parents are arguing today at an emergency hearing. London Live spoke to Researching Reform about the case and whether we felt the parents’ decision to keep fighting for Charlie was rational or whether their love for their son had made them less objective.

We explained the reasons for the hearing today and what possible arguments the parents’ legal team might be making. We also told London Live that we were in favour of Charlie going to America for the treatment, because the evidence supporting the view that the pioneering treatment would not work did not exist and that medical opinion in the case…

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Social Worker Struck Off After Lie Which Led To Children Going Into Care

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A social worker has been struck off after lying that a mother had threatened to kill herself and her three children, and burn their house down.

The lies were directly responsible for the children being removed from the mother and placed into care. Whilst the HCPC doesn’t express this sentiment as directly as we do, saying that the lies ‘almost certainly’ led to the children’s removal, we are under no illusion that this conduct was directly responsible for the emergency protection orders issued.

Bizarrely, the social worker appeared to have no insight into her conduct. It also appears that she would have been allowed to continue to practice had she shown remorse or expressed some understanding of the consequences of her actions. No mention is made of how this affected the children or the extent of the harm done to their development and their mental health, although the complaints panel have…

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BBC’s ‘Three Girls’ Re-Ignites Debate Over Mandatory Reporting Of Child Abuse

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The BBC’s recent programme portraying the lives of three girls who were sexually abused in Rochdale has highlighted the bravery of child welfare whistleblower Sara Rowbotham and others, but it has also reignited the debate over a legal duty to report child abuse.

An excellent Community Care article about the film, entitled “The Three Girls Drama Is A Reminder That Staying Silent Is Not An Option” urges social workers to ‘do the right thing’ and ensure that children who are abused are protected, but this call to arms also invites the profession to consider how they should go about doing this.

In May 2016 the government published a consultation asking for feedback on the creation of a legal duty to report child abuse. It aimed to gather as much information as possible on the pros and cons of mandatory reporting, which professional bodies and individuals should be included…

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