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A man has lost a fight to regain the care of his teenage daughter after a family court judge concluded that he found it "difficult to say no" to her. Judge Joanna Vincent said she was concerned that the man was unable to set behaviour boundaries. She decided that the…
A baby suffered serious injuries when his frustrated father forced a bottle into his mouth while trying to settle and feed him, a family court judge has decided. The boy was left with a fractured thighbone and torn frenulum, the piece of skin between the lip and the gum, Judge…
A promising Oxford University medical student who avoided jail after stabbing her boyfriend with a bread knife has lost an appeal against her suspended sentence. Lavinia Woodward attacked her then partner after drinking at her university accommodation at Christ Church college. The 25-year-old was given a 10-month prison term suspended…
A health trust has been fined £2 million after neglect at a care unit led to the "completely avoidable" deaths of two vulnerable patients, including an epileptic teenager who drowned in the bath. Connor Sparrowhawk, who was 18 and had learning disabilities, was left unsupervised while bathing at the Slade…
A nine-year-old boy said to have suffered repeated flea bites because his home was infested must be taken from his parents' care, a family court judge has ruled. Council social workers had raised a series of the concerns about the boy and his teenage sister. They said his parents had…
Antidepressants are effective in the treatment of the mental health condition, according to the authors of an international study. Led by researchers at the University of Oxford, the study aimed to clear up lingering questions about the efficacy of medicine to treat acute depression in adults. Through examining trials involving…
A doctor has been suspended from working for a year after an epileptic teenager drowned in a bath while left alone in an NHS care home. Dr Valerie Murphy was the psychiatrist responsible for the care of Connor Sparrowhawk, an 18-year-old with learning difficulties, who was found submerged in the…
The recent rise in homelessness has its roots in welfare reform and the housing market, almost entirely accounted for by an increase in families losing their privately-rented housing, experts have said. The number of people officially recorded as sleeping on the streets of England rose from 1,768 in 2010 to…
A new research project between Oxford Brookes University and The Open University is investigating whether sharing photographs via social media mitigates loneliness in older people and enhances their wellbeing. The project, co-led by Professor Shailey Minocha of The Open University and Dr Sarah Quinton at Oxford Brookes University, is funded…
The Institute of Public Care (IPC) at Oxford Brookes University has been commissioned by Welsh Government to undertake a large scale evaluation of outcomes for looked after children including: A comparison of intended and actual placement outcomes for all children who came into care over a one year period A…
A young boy taken from his parents' care because social workers had sex abuse fears was moved from a foster home after a complaint about him being "roughly handled" by a new carer, a family court judge has heard. The youngster, now six, spent about 18 months at the foster…
A judge's decision to spare Oxford University student Lavinia Woodward from going straight to prison for stabbing her boyfriend risks putting male victims of domestic abuse off coming forward, a campaigner has warned. Mark Brooks, chairman of the ManKind Initiative, branded Woodward's sentence "unfair" and said she would have been…
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