Parents with Learning Disabilities and a Local Authority’s Responsibilities – Family Law Week

‘Emma Harman, barrister of 3PB, explains the lessons that can be learned from A Local Authority v G (Parent with Learning Disability) [2017] EWFC B94.’

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Family Law Week, 18th January 2018

Source: www.familylawweek.co.uk

Adoption a ‘runaway train often breaching rights of birth parents’ – The Guardian

Posted January 19th, 2018 in adoption, news, parental rights, social services by tracey

‘The British Association of Social Workers’s (BASW) independent adoption inquiry is the first to investigate the role of social workers in adoption with a focus on ethics and human rights and has called for a significant rethink and review of adoption law.’

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The Guardian, 18th January 2018

Source: www.theguardian.com

Local authorities and learning disabled parenting (A Local Authority v CG and others) – Family Law

‘A case concerning the parental suitability of two parents with mental health and learning difficulties offers a number of lessons that can help local authorities to better manage such challenging circumstances. Emma Harman, counsel for the mother, and Omar Malik, for the father, both of 3 Paper Buildings, outline the most salient issues for practitioners and local authorities to be aware of.’

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Family Law, 18th January 2018

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

A fork in the road – Cafcass and their pathways – Transparency

Posted January 8th, 2018 in domestic violence, family courts, news, parental rights, social services by sally

‘A little while ago we wrote some about Cafcass’ new proposed High Conflict pathway, which had been hailed in the press as a big thing in terms of dealing effectively with parental alienation. We had been offered an interview with the Cafcass Principal Social Worker, which had cleared up some of our questions but which had raised others.’

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Transparency Project, 6th January 2018

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

Court of Appeal Overturns Decision Denying Trans Parent Contact With Children – Rights Info

‘An ultra-Orthodox Jew who left her community to start a new life as a woman has been allowed an appeal by The Court of Appeal. This overturned an earlier ruling that she should have no direct contact with her five children.’

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Rights Info, 2nd January 2018

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UK Laws Around Smacking Children Are Changing – Everything You Need to Know – The Independent

Posted November 23rd, 2017 in assault, children, corporal punishment, defences, news, parental rights by sally

‘Rules around smacking children across the UK are changing as a result of new laws coming into force.’

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The Independent, 22nd November 2017

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The court’s role in sanctioning medical treatment and the withdrawal of medical treatment of children: “Parental autonomy and a child’s best interests: Should the courts have the final say?” – Transparency Project

Posted November 22nd, 2017 in children, family courts, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘This was the vexed question posed at the 11th Family Justice Council Annual Debate last night. (The discussion was chaired by the Right Honourable Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division of the High Court and Chairman of the Family Justice Council).’

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Transparency Project, 22nd November 2017

Source: www.transparencyproject.org.uk

New right to paid leave for bereaved parents: A welcome move – Legal Futures

Posted November 21st, 2017 in bereavement, employment, news, parental rights by sally

‘This year, like many in recent years, has seen some key changes within the employment law field, with the government, trade unions and lobbyists remaining endlessly engaged in seeking to impose their interpretation of fair balance between employers and their respective workforces.’

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Legal Futures, 20th November 2017

Source: www.legalfutures.co.uk

Have We Created a Monster? Intractable Contact Disputes and Parental Alienation in Context – Family Law Week

Posted November 16th, 2017 in children, contact orders, divorce, family courts, news, parental rights, residence orders by tracey

‘Briony Palmer, barrister of 3 Dr Johnson’s Buildings, considers intractable contact disputes where the underlying dynamics are not obvious.’

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Family Law Week, 15th November 2017

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BSB publishes updated disciplinary tribunal regulations and rules on parental leave in new BSB Handbook – Bar Standards Board

‘A new rule clarifying how vulnerable witnesses give evidence is one of a set of new and updated disciplinary tribunal regulations published today in the new version of the BSB handbook. The revised Handbook also contains new rules about shared parental leave, in addition to some minor amendments to provide additional clarity.’

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Bar Standards Board, 1st November 2017

Source: www.barstandardsboard.org.uk

Is it too late to change your mind if you decided against applying for a parental order when your child was born? – Family Law

Posted October 19th, 2017 in news, parental responsibility, parental rights, surrogacy, time limits by tracey

‘In the case of Re B (Foreign Surrogacy) [2016] EWFC 77, High Court judge Mrs Justice Theis made a parental order in respect of a child born following a surrogacy arrangement in India in 2010 – six years after the usual six month deadline, and notwithstanding that the parents had previously decided against applying.’

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Family Law, 18th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Known Sperm Donor and Co-parenting Arrangements – a cautionary tale – Family Law Week

Posted October 19th, 2017 in agreements, assisted reproduction, children, families, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Rose-Marie Drury, Senior Associate with Mills & Reeve LLP, considers the legal issues for parties involved in such arrangements.’

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Family Law Week, 18th October 2017

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Divorce and children – is shared care a right or responsibility? – Family Law

Posted October 9th, 2017 in children, custody, divorce, families, news, parental responsibility, parental rights by sally

‘‘I know my rights’ – With that statement a family lawyer will naturally turn to s 2A of the Children Act 1989 and the presumption of parental involvement.
‘Parents do not have rights, they have responsibilities’ – Arguably one is now considering the court’s overriding objective and paramount consideration as set out in s 1 of the Children Act 1989 which highlights the welfare of any child.’

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Family Law, 5th October 2017

Source: www.familylaw.co.uk

Judge refuses to order parents to take down petition over care orders – Local Government Lawyer

Posted August 23rd, 2017 in care orders, internet, news, parental responsibility, parental rights by sally

‘Parents who objected to care decisions made about their children after applications by Southend-on-Sea Borough Council need not remove an online petition airing their grievances, the Family Court has ruled.’

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Local Government Lawyer, 22nd August 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Charlie Gard: the wider implications – Law & Religion UK

Posted July 28th, 2017 in children, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Whilst L&RUK has been following the recent Charlie Gard case, we have not reported on the developments; the issues are beyond our remit and the medical aspects are outside our expertise. Nevertheless, the circumstances surrounding the case have raised a number of wider, more general issues, and these are considered in the following discussion.’

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Law & Religion UK, 28th July 2017

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The end of a chapter – UK Human Rights Blog

Posted July 26th, 2017 in children, consent, hospitals, medical treatment, news, parental rights by sally

‘“A lot of things have been said, particularly in recent days, by those who know almost nothing about this case but who feel entitled to express opinions. Many opinions have been expressed based on feelings rather than facts.”

So said Francis J, when dealing with an unusual application by Great Ormond Street Hospital (Gosh) asking for an order, rather than a declaration, that Charlie Gard should be allowed to slip away quietly. The involvement of the White House, the Vatican, the Bambino Gesu Children’s Hospital in Rome and Dr. Hirano and the associated medical centre in the USA in this story demonstrates the fact that a mere declaration carries too much ambiguity to allow the hospital staff to do what the courts have approved.’

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UK Human Rights Blog, 25th July 2017

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Judge who heard Charlie Gard case urges greater use of mediation – Local Government Lawyer

‘Mediation should be tried in all cases such as the recent dispute between Great Ormond Street Hospital and the parents of Charlie Gard, the High Court judge who heard the case has said.’

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Local Government Lawyer,25th July 2017

Source: www.localgovernmentlawyer.co.uk

Hull baby ashes inquiry: 57 parents not given ashes back – BBC News

‘Up to 57 families were not given the ashes of babies who were cremated, an investigation has found.’

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BBC News, 25th July 2017

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Charlie Gard: judge to decide on parent’s ‘last wish’ that son can die at home – The Guardian

Posted July 26th, 2017 in children, consent, hospitals, news, parental rights by sally

‘A judge will decide on Wednesday whether to grant the “last wish” of Charlie Gard’s parents and allow their son to go home to die.’

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The Guardian, 26th July 2017

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Charlie Gard’s parents say his life support will be withdrawn on Friday – The Guardian

Posted June 30th, 2017 in children, consent, medical treatment, news, parental rights by tracey

‘Charlie Gard, the critically ill baby at the centre of a protracted legal battle, is to have his life support withdrawn by a hospital on Friday, his parents have said.’

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The Guardian, 29th June 2017

Source: www.theguardian.com