In re M-F (Children) (Appeal: Case Management: Necessary Delay) – WLR Daily

Posted July 23rd, 2014 in adjournment, care orders, case management, children, delay, law reports by michael

In re M-F (Children) (Appeal: Case Management: Necessary Delay) [2014] EWCA Civ 991;  [2014] WLR (D)  326

‘Section 32(1)(a)(ii) of the Children Act 1989, as amended, required that care cases be concluded within 26 weeks. However, that time limit could be extended if it was necessary to enable the court to resolve the proceedings justly since the 26 weeks rule was not, and must never be allowed to become, a straightjacket, least of all if rigorous adherence to an inflexible timetable risked putting justice in jeopardy.’

WLR Daily, 15th July 2014

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Applications Without Notice: A Practitioner’s Guide – Family Law Week

Posted July 22nd, 2014 in case management, children, family courts, freezing injunctions, news by sally

‘Rodney Noon, solicitor, provides a detailed review of the law and practice of – and the court’s attitude to – without notice applications in family proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 17th July 2014

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Applications Without Notice: A Practitioner’s Guide – Family Law Week

Posted July 18th, 2014 in children, family courts, freezing injunctions, news by tracey

‘Rodney Noon, solicitor, provides a detailed review of the law and practice of – and the court’s attitude to – without notice applications in family proceedings.’

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Family Law Week, 17th July 2014

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

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In re D (Children) (CAFCASS: Safeguarding Checks) – WLR Daily

In re D (Children) (CAFCASS: Safeguarding Checks); [2014] EWHC 2376 (Fam); [2014] WLR (D) 312

‘Whether, in private family law proceedings, safeguarding inquiries should be conducted about third parties, such as partners, would depend on the precise circumstances of the various relationships. In practice, it would be expected that co-operation for such inquiries would generally be sought in respect of partners of the parties and if such a partner did not give his or her consent, an application to the court would usually be made by CAFCASS in its discretion.’

WLR Daily, 20th June 2014

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Passport official suspended over ‘interrogation’ of gay applicant – The Guardian

‘The Home Office has suspended a passport official and ordered a disciplinary investigation after the employee subjected a gay father-of-two to a lengthy interrogation about his sexual history and the details of his adoptions in front of the man’s four-year-old son.’

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The Guardian, 13th July 2014

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Parents of severely ill toddler threatening ‘legal action to keep her alive’ – Daily Telegraph

Posted July 9th, 2014 in children, hospitals, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘The parents of Amelia Rose claim a hospital ethics committee ruled staff can refuse to send the 23-month-old to the intensive care unit if her condition deteriorates.’

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Daily Telegraph, 9th July 2014

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Care Orders and Home Placements: removal and the public funding conundrum – Family Law Week

‘Michael Jones, barrister, of 15 Winckley Square Chambers considers the lessons to be learned from Re DE (A Child) when care plans provide for placements at home with the family.’

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Family Law Week, 7th July 2014

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Another “Bedroom Tax” Challenge Fails – UK Human Rights Blog

‘At the end of May, the High Court ruled that the reduction in Housing Benefit under Regulation B13 of Housing Benefit (Amendment) Regulations – commonly dubbed “the bedroom tax” – did not unlawfully discriminate against a family with a disabled child requiring an additional bedroom for overnight careers because the shortfall was covered by discretionary housing payments.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 4th July 2014

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Woman sentenced for abandoning baby in Birmingham park – BBC News

Posted July 3rd, 2014 in birth, children, mental health, news, sentencing, suspended sentences by sally

‘A woman who dumped her newborn baby in a plastic bag in a Birmingham park has been spared prison.’

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BBC News, 3rd July 2014

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Legal aid child residence tests breach international rights, say MPs and peers – The Guardian

‘Depriving children of legal representation by introducing a residence test is in breach of their international rights, a parliamentary committee has warned.’

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The Guardian, 30th June 2014

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More than 1,000 children under 10 stopped and searched in five years – The Guardian

Posted July 1st, 2014 in children, inquiries, news, reports, statistics, stop and search by sally

‘More than 1,000 children under the age of 10 – and some as young as four – have been stopped and searched by the police in England and Wales over the past five years, according to official figures.’

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The Guardian, 1st July 2014

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Benefits Street did not breach Ofcom guidelines despite complaints – Daily Telegraph

Posted June 30th, 2014 in benefits, children, complaints, media, news, ombudsmen by sally

‘Controversial Channel 4 show Benefits Street did not breach broadcasting guidelines despite complaints, Ofcom rules.’

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Daily Telegraph, 30th June 2014

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The Hershman Levy Memorial Lecture 2014 – Speech by The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane

‘Speech by The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane: The Hershman Levy Memorial Lecture 2014 – Association of Lawyers for Children.’

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Judiciary of England and Wales, 26th June 2014

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In re B (A Child) (Wrongful Removal: Order to Secure Return of Child) – WLR Daily

In re B (A Child) (Wrongful Removal: Order to Secure Return of Child): [2014] EWCA Civ 843; [2014] WLR (D) 283

‘Although there was no doubt that there were circumstances in which the High Court, in exercise of its inherent jurisdiction, could properly make an order requiring someone to lodge their passport with the court or with some suitable custodian it was not permissible to make such an order to compel a third party without parental responsibility, or any other form of power or control over the child, to take steps to secure the return of an abducted child. Furthermore, where the subject of the order was not yet 17 it was simply wrong as a matter of principle to attach a penal notice to the order since a child could not be imprisoned or detained for contempt.’

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Children: Private Law Update – Family Law Week

Posted June 25th, 2014 in children, divorce, families, news by sally

‘Alex Verdan QC of 4 Paper Buildings considers recent judgment in private law children cases.’

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Family Law Week, 25th June 2014

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Thousands of mothers have multiple babies removed – BBC News

‘Thousands of mothers over the past seven years have had successive children removed by family courts in England, the BBC has learned.’

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BBC News, 23rd June 2014

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Teacher given suspended jail sentence for sex with pupil – The Guardian

‘A woman discovered her daughter was having sex with a teacher after she found him hiding under the teenager’s bed, a court has heard. Married maths teacher Andrew Welsh, 36, was caught when the girl’s mother returned home unexpectedly one morning last July, Bolton crown court was told on Friday.’

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The Guardian, 20th June 2014

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DfE issues new code of practice for special educational needs and disabilities – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Department for Education has published a new code of practice for organisations working with children and young people with special educational needs and disabilities.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 18th June 2014

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Female Genital Mutilation: Protection v Punishment – Family Law Week

Posted June 20th, 2014 in children, female genital mutilation, news by tracey

‘In anticipation of the Commons Home Affairs Select Committee’s report into FGM, Melanie Hepworth, Solicitor at Covent Garden Family Law, calls for greater awareness of the violence threatened to thousands of girls in the UK.’

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Family Law Week, 18th June 2014

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Kyle Keen: Toddler death ‘could have been avoided’ – BBC News

Posted June 19th, 2014 in child abuse, children, hospitals, negligence, news, reports by sally

‘The death of a toddler could have been avoided if a West Midlands hospital had referred him to social services at an earlier date, a report has found.’

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BBC News, 19th June 2014

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