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Zoo keeper acquitted by Court of Appeal

This has been a very traumatic time for Ms Westlake and her family both the events leading up to and following her wrongful conviction for assault by beating Ms Kate Sanders

Following trial the bench found as a fact that there was no deliberate assault upon Ms Sanders and Ms Westlake was convicted on the basis of recklessness in that she failed to foresee a risk of harm to Ms Sanders by virtue of holding a glass in her hand in close proximity to Ms Sanders during the course of a verbal altercation

Ms Westlake legal team considered that the justices were wrong in their application of the legal test of recklessness and the appeal was brought on that basis

The court today have confirmed the error in the lower court and accordingly have quashed ms west lakes conviction

Ms Westlake life has been destroyed by something that was no more than unfortunate accident in particular Ms Westlake was unfairly dismissed from her position as zoo keeper at ZSL London zoo and has suffered significant ps biological harm arising from Ms Sanders attack upon her which has been exacerbated by these proceedings

Ms Westlake would like thank those that sent messages of support to her which have been a source of strength and encouragement for her and also expresses her thanks to her excellent legal team for their diligence and perseverance in obtaining justice for her

Justice has now been served and Ms Westlake would now appreciate the opportunity to put  this matter behind her and rebuild her life

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Emotional abuse cases ‘up by nearly 50% in a year’

The number of children reported to the police and children’s services by charity helplines has almost doubled in the space of year, the NSPCC has said today [30.05.14]. The children’s charity’s anonymous helpline assisted over 8,000 people last year.

Isn’t it ironic, evidence that emotional child abuse has increased by 50% and yet the number of care applications has reduced – should we not be questioning this?

National picture of care applications in England for 2013-14

Cafcass releases statistics for care applications for the 152 English local authorities – May 2014

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service, show the number of care applications received per 10,000 child population – the rate of care applications – by each local authority (LA) in England with children’s services responsibilities. The numbers run from 2008-09, the year of the tragic Peter Connelly (known as “Baby Peter”) case in Haringey, to 2013-14. They show that over this period the rate of application rose from 5.9 in 2008-09 to 9.7 in 2012-13, a rise of 64%, but that it has dropped to 9.2 in 2013-14. This is lower than 2012-13 levels but is still higher than 2011-12 levels.

The rate of care application is significant as it helps identify trends in care proceedings independent of population growth.

Anthony Douglas, Chief Executive of Cafcass said:

“After year on year rises in applications it is not surprising to see that the rates have steadied – a cohort of children that were at risk have now been protected through the action of local authorities in bringing care proceedings. These children have also seen swifter justice, with remarkable reductions in the duration of these proceedings across the country. The fact that these reductions have been made in many cases ahead of the introduction of the 26 week limit set out in the Revised Public Law Outline, the Children and Family Act is even more remarkable and shows how well Cafcass, local authorities and judges are now working together. We will continue to meet with family justice colleagues to understand the differences in rates, to identify the best pockets of practice, and ensure that social work practice is developed to provide a sharp service that meets the needs of each individual child”.

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