ADEQUACY OF DECISION-MAKING PROCESS

The decision of a Crown prosecutor to prosecute a 14-year-old girl for the alleged sexual abuse of her two younger sisters had to be quashed where the decision-making process was flawed in that it was unclear whether the Crown prosecutor had properly taken into account the concern raised in a report by a multi-agency strategy group that prosecution was not in the best interests of any of the children.

[2011] EWHC 1465 (Admin)

A local authority had been wrong to withdraw a licence enabling a man with learning difficulties to work with children and vulnerable adults upon discovering that he had been subject to unsubstantiated sexual abuse charges two years earlier. Its decision-making process had been defective and it had also misunderstood Criminal Records Bureau policy relating to the requirement for a continuous five-year address history.

[2010] EWHC 3602 (Admin)