Family judge criticised for not naming council that breached father’s rights – The Guardian

‘A family court judge has come under fire after refusing to name a council that violated a man’s parental rights by taking his four-year-old daughter into care without a proper investigation.’

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The Guardian, 10th January 2016

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Court of Appeal rules on liability of councils for foster care abuse – Local Government Lawyer

Posted November 16th, 2015 in child abuse, fostering, local government, negligence, news, vicarious liability by sally

‘The Court of Appeal has handed down a key ruling on the liability of councils for foster care abuse, concluding that local authorities do not owe a child in such care a non-delegable duty.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th November 2015

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Judge awards parents £20k over accommodation of children in foster care – Local Government Lawyer

‘A judge has ordered a London council to pay £20,000 in damages for breaching the claimant parents’ human rights when it unlawfully continued to keep their eight children in foster care.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 24th September 2015

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Couple win damages from Hackney after children wrongly kept in care – The Guardian

‘A husband and wife have won £10,000 each in damages from a local authority that wrongly kept their eight children in foster care. A deputy high court judge Sir Robert Francis said that if ever there was a case illustrating the challenges that faced children, parents, public authorities and the courts when concerns were raised about the safety and welfare of children, it was this one.’

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The Guardian, 17th September 2015

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Family court gives guardianship of black child to white foster carer – The Guardian

Posted April 7th, 2015 in fostering, guardianship, news by sally

‘A white British foster carer who has looked after a two-year-old boy of black African heritage since he was less than six months old has been named his “special guardian” by the family court.’

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The Guardian, 5th April 2015

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Personal injury: duty of care – Law Society’s Gazette

‘In December the High Court gave judgment in NA v Nottinghamshire County Council [2014] EWHC 4005 (QB). The claimant (who was born in 1977) said that while in her mother’s care she had suffered physical and emotional abuse, and that the defendant local authority had failed in their common law duty of care by failing either to remove her or protect her from the abuse.’

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Law Society’s Gazette, 23rd February 2015

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When is Same-Sex Parenting a Private Fostering Arrangement? – Family Law Week

Posted August 4th, 2014 in children, fostering, homosexuality, local government, news by sally

‘Kate Tompkins, barrister, of 36 Bedford Row considers the implications of private fostering arrangements in respect of children born to same-sex couples.’

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Family Law Week, 31st July 2014

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Local Authority Focus – July 2014 – Family Law Week

Posted July 18th, 2014 in care orders, costs, equality, fostering, judicial review, local government, news by tracey

‘Sally Gore, barrister, of Fenners Chambers considers recent case law and other developments of particular significance to local authorities.’

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Family Law week, 17th July 2014

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The Serial Removal of Children from Young Mothers – is this right? – Family Law Week

‘Maureen N Obi-Ezekpazu, FRSA, Barrister and Mediator, Family Matters, asks what can be done to help the plight of young mothers who have had several children permanently removed.’

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Family Law Week, 18th May 2014

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When Best Interests Collide: A Protected Party, Protected Party’s Children and the Court of Protection – Family Law Week

‘Sarah Phillimore, barrister of St John’s Chambers, Bristol, and Daniela Nickols, associate solicitor with Mowbray Woodwards, analyse the recent case of X,Y, and Z [2014] EWHC 87 (COP) in which the Court of Protection considered the interplay between the best interests of a protected party and that party’s children.’

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Family Law Week, 5th February 2014

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Judge backs claim by grandmother for financial support from council – Local Government Lawyer

Posted January 30th, 2014 in costs, families, fostering, grandparents, local government, news, social services by sally

‘A grandmother has won a High Court battle with a council over the financial support she claimed she should have received to care for her 11-year-old granddaughter.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 29th January 2014

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Local Authority Focus – Family Law Week

Posted December 12th, 2013 in care orders, children, fostering, local government, news, social services by sally

‘Sally Gore, barrister of 14 Gray’s Inn Square, in the first of a series of updates for children lawyers and professionals, considers recent developments affecting the decision-making and procedures of local authority children’s services.’

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Family Law Week, 11th December 2013

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Young people to be allowed to remain in foster care until age 21 – The Guardian

Posted December 4th, 2013 in budgets, education, fostering, local government, news, pilot schemes, young persons by sally

‘Children and young people brought up by foster carers in England will be allowed to remain with families until they are 21 if they choose to under a new legal duty for councils, ministers will announce on Wednesday.’

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The Guardian, 4th December 2013

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Children and Families Bill 2013 – all change, but is it for the better? – Halsbury’s Law Exchange

Posted December 3rd, 2013 in adoption, bills, care orders, children, families, fostering, news, time limits by sally

‘The Children and Families Bill 2013 represents one of the biggest shake-ups of the law relating to family life in years.’

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Halsbury’s Law Exchange, 3rd december 2013

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Family ‘foster carers’ losing out, says watchdog – BBC News

Posted November 29th, 2013 in families, fostering, local government, news, ombudsmen, reports by sally

“People who look after young relatives or friends’ children are being treated unfairly by some councils, a local government watchdog says.”

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BBC News, 29th November 2013

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Charity chiefs back ‘once-in-a-generation’ change to fostering law – Daily Telegraph

Posted October 9th, 2013 in bills, charities, children, education, fostering, local government, news, statistics by sally

“An alliance of 40 charity chiefs and experts is today urging members of the Lords to seize a ‘once-in-a-generation’ opportunity to change the law to give young people in foster care the same start in adult life as their peers.”

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Daily Telegraph, 9th October 2013

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Council fails in Court of Appeal bid to overturn kinship carer fees ruling – Local Government Lawyer

Posted July 25th, 2013 in appeals, equality, families, fostering, local government, news by tracey

“A London borough has failed in a Court of Appeal bid to overturn a ruling that its policy of differential treatment of family foster carers and unrelated foster carers was unlawful.”

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Local Government Lawyer, 25th July 2013

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The Cost of Care……The position following the Tower Hamlets decision – Family Law Week

“Jacqui Thomas, barrister of 37 Park Square Chambers, Leeds, considers the implications of the recent Tower Hamlets judgment for the cost of kinship care.”

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Family Law Week, 17th March 2013

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“Can’t We Make the Local Authority Pay for It?” – Family Law Week

“Andrew Pack, care lawyer with Brighton & Hove City Council, considers the court’s powers to compel a local authority to meet the costs of a particular action.”

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Family Law Week, 2nd March 2013

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Identity of social workers may be published following fostering bungle – UK Human Rights Blog

“Bristol City Council v C and others [2012] EWHC 3748 (Fam). This was an application for a reporting restriction order arising out of care proceedings conducted before the Bristol Family Proceedings Court. The proceedings themselves were relatively straightforward but, in the course of the hearing, information came to light which gave rise to concerns of an ‘unusual nature’, which alerted the interest of the press.”

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UK Human Rights Blog, 13th January 2013

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