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Can a straight line be drawn between a parent with extremist views and the significant harm suffered or likely to be suffered by a child?

When a local authority seeks to issue care proceedings for a child within a family connected to alleged radicalisation or a family thought to be sympathetic to extremist views it is important for professionals to review and challenge, if necessary, the evidence presented by social services. It is also necessary to reflect on whether concerns about a parent’s views or actions necessarily lead to legitimate concern that their child has suffered, or is likely to suffer significant harm. Read more


Is new government guidance required to secure campus free speech?

ANALYSIS: On 3 May 2018, universities minister Sam Gimyah announced a “free speech summit” with representatives from the higher education sector, at which he would “demand” that the sector take further action to protect lawful free speech and work with ministers to publish new guidance that would provide clarity about the rules to both students and universities “for the first time”. Read more


Sunday Telegraph pays “substantial damages” to mosque leader following defamatory claims

In an embarrassing settlement, The Sunday Telegraph has paid “substantial damages” to Mohammed Kozbar after an article by “journalist” Andrew Gilligan was found to be defamatory.[1]Andrew Gilligan, who is no stranger to the courts, falsely portrayed Mohammed Kozbar, general secretary of Finsbury Park Mosque, as a supporter of “violent Islamist extremism” as part of a botched attempt to smear the Labour leader, Jeremy Corbyn.[2] Read more