Paul Sewell

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So far Paul Sewell has created 14 blog entries.

Securing support for Traveller families

A young boy is part of a Roma Gypsy family which runs a business at fun fairs during the summer. In winter, he stays with his grandfather in Worcestershire.  The Worcestershire county council had been providing him with nursery and […]

Putting the best interests of children first

Two British children were born in the UK to a British father and Tanzanian mother. When the mother faced deportation after three unsuccessful claims to stay in the UK as an asylum seeker, it meant […]

Defending the dignity and rights of disabled people

A local council’s policy of not allowing care workers to manually lift people meant that two adult disabled sisters had huge restrictions placed on them, like being left sitting in their wheelchairs for hours on […]

Protecting our right to a home

After Pamela was left paralysed as the result of a car accident, she moved into a specialist care home. Pamela was promised Mardon House would be her home for life and was distraught when she was told the […]

Protection from torture and mistreatment

For years, authorities knew about four children who were suffering neglect and abuse at the hands of their parents. It took almost five years before any proper action was taken – the children were finally […]

Challenging unfair stop and search powers

In 2010 a court ruled that the UK’s stop and search powers under anti-terrorism laws violated the right to privacy. Pennie and Kevin were stopped by police on their way to a demonstration outside an […]

Protecting our privacy

A phone-tapping case back in the 1970s led to our human right to privacy being protected under the law. Antique dealer James Malone was accused of handling stolen goods but all charges against him were […]

Protecting the rights of people in the care system

HL suffers from severe autism. He is unable to speak and has a limited level of understanding, which means it is very difficult for him to make decisions for himself. One day while he was […]

Protecting children’s right to have a voice

Three teenage brothers successfully used human rights protections to argue they should be allowed access to a lawyer to represent their views in court about who they should live with following their parent’s separation. The […]

Holding health professionals to account

When a 51-year-old man with Down’s syndrome and dementia returned home from hospital, his family and carer were shocked to discover a Do Not Resuscitate Order (DNR) in his bag – this was something they […]