In re DE (A Child) (Care Order: Change of Care Plan) – WLR Daily

Posted June 11th, 2014 in care orders, children, families, human rights, injunctions, law reports by sally

In re DE (A Child) (Care Order: Change of Care Plan) [2014] EWFC 6 ; [2014] WLR (D) 246

‘Any local authority and court making decisions about the long term future of children had to address all the options which were realistically possible before coming to a decision and, where a care order had been granted on the basis of a care plan providing that the child should remain at home, a local authority considering changing the plan and removing the child permanently from the family was obliged in law to follow the same approach and had to have regard to the fact that permanent placement outside the family was to be preferred only as a last resort where nothing else would do. While that process was being carried out, the child should remain at home under the care order unless his safety and welfare required that he be removed immediately.’

WLR Daily, 23rd May 2014