Divisional Court hands down key ruling on interaction of diplomatic immunity and child protection – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 18th, 2021 in care orders, children, diplomats, human rights, immunity, local government, news by sally

‘The Divisional Court has rejected an application by a council concerned about the welfare of children of a diplomat for a declaration that the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations (VCDR) breaches Articles 3 or 6 of the European Convention on Human Rights.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th May 2021

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Lies and Lucas in the Family Court – Local Government Lawyer

‘Andrew Bagchi QC and Anna Lavelle examine an important Court of Appeal ruling on fact-finding hearings and Lucas directions, and considerations of children giving oral evidence in family proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 14th May 2021

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Coercive control and children’s welfare in Re H-N and Others – Family Law

‘When families come to strife, arrangements must be made for the future care of any children. In some circumstances, this means an application to the courts. These “private law orders” can form part of a consent order, as in Re B-B. Others, are made under Sections 8(1)(a)-(b) and 9 of the Children Act 1989 specifying powers, amongst other things, to decide with whom a child is to live and when a child is to have contact. In 2019-2020, around 22,000 such applications were made involving some allegation of domestic abuse by one adult against another (para 3) with instances of domestic abuse rising because of Covid-19 (ONS, 2020). Consequently, the question of how allegations of abuse within family proceedings remains an urgent matter of concern. However, despite increasing recognition of coercive control as being central to understanding domestic abuse, it remains less well understood in the context of proceedings related to the future care of children. As explained by the Harm Panel in its Report: the approach to such allegations is “implemented inconsistently” and is “not effective” in its principal purpose of protecting victims (Harm Panel (2020) 7.1).’

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Family Law, 7th May 2021

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Fairness to birth parents in adoption hearings – Transparency Project

‘This case was an application by a birth mother for permission to appeal against a decision in the High Court that had refused her leave to apply to oppose an adoption order – Re S (A Child) [2021] EWCA Civ 605.’

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Transparency Project, 6th May 2021

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High Court judge revokes adoption orders after acknowledging “exceptional circumstances” – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 6th, 2021 in adoption, care orders, human rights, local government, news by sally

‘A judge in the Family Division of the High Court has revoked adoption orders for an 18 year old (A) and a 16 year old (B) after concluding that there were “compelling highly exceptional and particular circumstances” that supported such a step.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 5th May 2021

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Council fails in appeal over direction by judge that parents and child should undergo residential assessment – Local Government Lawyer

Posted May 4th, 2021 in appeals, care orders, children, local government, news by tracey

‘A Family Court judge has rejected an appeal brought by a local authority against a case management decision by a district judge pursuant to s 38(6) of the Children Act (1989) directing that the parents and the subject child (“L”) should undergo a residential assessment.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 3rd May 2021

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F (A Child : Adjournment) [2021] EWCA Civ 469 – Transparency Project

‘This case is about a little boy, J, who was approaching three years of age at the time the decision was made. His mother was 19 when J was born and she was living with J’s father. The local authority issued care proceedings in relation to J in August 2018. The proceedings began as J suffered a number of injuries whilst he was in the care of his mother and a Mr K. At a hearing before His Honour Judge Jack (‘the Judge’) findings were made that the mother had suffered serious abuse at the hands of J’s father.’

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Transparency Project, 12th April 2021

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Judge considers whether local authority obliged to assess members of ‘original family’ of mother who herself was adopted – Local Government Lawyer

Posted April 13th, 2021 in adoption, care orders, local government, mental health, news by sally

‘A Family Court judge has issued a ruling on whether, within public law proceedings, there was any obligation on a local authority to assess members of the biological/birth family of the mother of the subject infant child, where the mother herself was adopted as a child and raised by adoptive parents.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th April 2021

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Rare appeal allowed over refusal by judge to adjourn final care hearing – Local Government Lawyer

‘A mother’s appeal of a decision by a family judge not to adjourn an imminent final hearing in care proceedings has been allowed in a “rare” case before the Court of Appeal.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 9th April 2021

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Children: Public Law Update (March 2021) – Family Law Week

‘John Tughan QC of 4PB considers the latest judgments that Public law child lawyers need to know about.’

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Family Law Week, 24th March 2021

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Unequal chances? Ethnic disproportionality in child welfare and family justice – Family Law

‘Many have experienced their own Black Lives Matter moment in the last 12 months, a sharp realisation of entrenched prejudices and inequalities that still exist in our society. In the family justice system that moment came last October when a black barrister, Alexandra Wilson, was mistaken for a defendant three times in one day. And yet, more generally there has been surprising little debate about the disproportionate numbers of families from some ethnic minorities in the family justice system and what might lie behind this.’

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Family Law, 19th March 2021

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Judge orders children to be taken into long-term foster care over concerns about weight – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has made a care order for two children described as “severely overweight” to be taken into long-term foster care, following an application by West Sussex County Council.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 15th March 2021

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Judge says recent case shows how exceptional circumstances must be if court is to use its power to dismiss care proceedings without having heard all the evidence – Local Government Lawyer

‘A Family Court judge has refused applications to dismiss care proceedings at a half-way stage made by a number of people accused of sexual offences against children.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th March 2021

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‘Failure to remove’ claims – the decision in HXA v Surrey County Council – Local Government Lawyer

‘Paul Stagg analyses an important decision this month on “failure to remove” claims and also summarises the other case law to date, before looking at pending cases and the likely way forward to the higher courts.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 26th February 2021

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Nuffield Family Justice Observatory to consult on use of supervision orders in care proceedings – Local Government Lawyer

‘The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) has launched a consultation seeking views about supervision orders and their use in care proceedings.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 17th February 2021

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Local Authority and Children’s Guardian fail in appeal against judge’s refusal to support a plan of adoption for children aged 2 and 3: T and R (Refusal of Placement Order) [2021] EWCA Civ 71 – Transparency Project

‘T & R involved an appeal against a decision to refuse to approve a plan of adoption in respect of two children, T (a 3 year old boy) and R (a 2 year old girl) and accordingly, refuse to make placement orders.’

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Transparency Project, 15th February 2021

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Judge hits out at lack of regulated placement for vulnerable, suicidal 16 year old, despite 11 High Court hearings and sending series of judgments to ministers – Local Government Lawyer

‘An exasperated High Court judge has sent a fourth judgment to ministers over the continuing unavailability of a regulated placement for a vulnerable 16 year old with multifaceted difficulties and at a high risk of serious self-harm or suicide.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 12th February 2021

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Religion, looked-after children and “best interests”: Salford CC – Law & Religion UK

‘Salford CC v W & Ors (Religion and Declaration of Looked After Status) [2021] EWHC 61 (Fam) was about the welfare of five children between the ages of eleven and four: B, C, D, E and F. There were three applications before the court: the first for care orders under s.31 of the Children Act 1989, first issued in December 2018 by Norfolk County Council, the second by their mother, Ms W, for a prohibited steps order pursuant to s. 8 of the Children Act 1989, and the third by the maternal aunt and putative special guardian of the children, Mrs Z, for a declaration under the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court regarding the children’s legal status for the purposes of Part III of the Children Act 1989 [1 & 2]. It is the second application that is the subject of this note.’

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Law & Religion UK, 22nd January 2021

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Surrogacy and HFEA Update: December 2020 (Part 1) – Family Law Week

Posted December 14th, 2020 in care orders, children, families, family courts, news, surrogacy by tracey

‘In the first part of his surrogacy and HFEA update, Andrew Powell of 4PB analyses some important recent judgments within the England and wales jurisdiction.’

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Family Law Week, 10th December 2020

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Vulnerable teen given tent to live in, watchdog report finds – BBC News

Posted December 10th, 2020 in care orders, children, fostering, news, ombudsmen, reports by tracey

‘A teenager given a tent to live in, and a child denied the chance to say “goodbye” to his dying mother feature in a report revealing heart-breaking decisions about children in care.’

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BBC News, 10th December 2020

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