R. K. and A. K. v United Kingdom – Times Law Reports

Posted October 13th, 2008 in care orders, human rights, law reports by sally

R. K. and A. K. v United Kingdom (Application No 38000/05)

European Court of Human Rights

“Although the removal of a child from parental care did not amount to a breach of article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights, guaranteeing the right to respect for private and family life, there was a breach of article 13, guaranteeing an effective remedy.”

The Times, 13th October 2008

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Damages for parents in care case – BBC News

Posted September 30th, 2008 in care orders, child abuse, compensation, news by sally

“A British couple whose two-month-old daughter was taken into care after a ‘misguided’ suspicion of abuse have been awarded £8,000 in compensation.”

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BBC News, 30th September 2008

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Court costs ‘risk’ for children – BBC Law in Action

Posted July 1st, 2008 in care orders, costs, special report by sally

“A rise in court costs could be deterring local authorities from applying for protection for vulnerable children, the BBC has learned.”

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BBC Law in Action, 1st July 2008

Source: www.bbc.co.uk

In re B (Children) (Care orders: Standard of proof) – Times Law Reports

Posted June 12th, 2008 in care orders, law reports, standard of proof by sally

In re B (Children) (Care orders: Standard of proof)

House of Lords

“The standard of proof necessary to establish the threshold for making a care order was the simple balance of probabilities. Neither the seriousness of any allegations nor the seriousness of the consequences should make any difference to the standard of proof to be applied in determining the facts.”

The Times, 12th June 2008

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In re B (Minors) (Sexual Abuse: Standard of Proof) – WLR Daily

Posted June 11th, 2008 in care orders, child abuse, law reports, standard of proof by sally

In re B (Minors) (Sexual Abuse: Standard of Proof) [2008] UKHL 35; [2008] WLR (D) 186

“The standard of proof to be applied when establishing the threshold for making a care order under s 31(2) or the welfare considerations under s 1 of the Children Act 1989 was the simple balance of probabilities and neither the seriousness of the allegations nor the seriousness of the consequences should make any difference to the standard of proof in determining the facts.”

WLR Daily, 11th June 2008

Source: www.lawreports.co.uk

Please note once a case has been fully reported in one of the ICLR series the corresponding WLR Daily summary is removed.

RP v Nottingham City Council – Times Law Reports

RP v Nottingham City Council

Court of Appeal

“There was no breach of a mother’s right to a fair hearing under article 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights when she was represented by the Official Solicitor who conceded that overwhelming evidence justified making a care order.”

The Times, 10th June 2008

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Fears for children at risk as care order applications fall by a third – The Times

Posted May 6th, 2008 in care orders, child abuse, child neglect, news by sally

“Children at risk of abuse or neglect face even greater danger because of a new system designed to cut costs and speed up care proceedings, the Government has been warned.”

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The Times, 6th May 2008

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Government putting a price on the future of children – The Times

Posted April 29th, 2008 in care orders, family courts, fees, special report by sally

” While the Government digests the disastrous effects of the Domestic Violence, Crime & Victims Act 2004, introduced in July last year, on the protection of the victims of domestic violence, it might also give consideration to another legislative time-bomb affecting family proceedings.”

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The Times, 28th April 2008

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Children ‘put at risk by higher court fees’ – The Times

Posted April 28th, 2008 in care orders, children, family courts, fees, news by sally

” Vulnerable children face a greater risk of harm because of a dramatic rise in the cost of taking them into care, ministers have been warned.”

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The Times, 28th April 2008

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Getting left behind? – Law Society’s Gazette

Posted April 18th, 2008 in care orders, children, family courts, special report by sally

“Radical changes to the way childcare cases are processed and how much they will cost could leave vulnerable children at risk, family law experts fear. Grania Langdon-Down reports.”

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Law Society’s Gazette, 17th April 2008

Source: www.lawgazette.co.uk

Care proceedings reforms – Ministry of Justice

Posted March 25th, 2008 in care orders, family courts, press releases by sally

“The government is implementing key reforms to the child care proceedings system in England and Wales, following a review of the system completed in 2006.”

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Ministry of Justice, 19th March 2008

Source: www.justice.gov.uk

£63,000 for mother’s time with baby – The Guardian

Posted March 6th, 2008 in care orders, children, news, social services by sally

“A teenage mother whose baby was unlawfully removed from her within hours of his birth without a court order is to have a four-month residential assessment of her parenting skills which could cost the local authority nearly £100,000.”

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The Guardian, 6th March 2008

Source: www.guardian.co.uk