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LiPS and McKenzie friends - public law

LexisPSL Local Government analyses the key issues where litigants in person and McKenzie friends are involved in public law children cases.

News headlines

Dec 12, 2017

Action urged on funding gap as child protection investigations reach 500 a day

More than 500 child protection investigations were started every single day on average last year by councils, the Local Government Association has revealed.
Nov 29, 2017

Judge hits out at lack of provision of secure accommodation for teenager

A judge is to protest to ministers for the second time in a year about the lack of secure accommodation for vulnerable young people.
Nov 15, 2017

Review to examine rise in care order applications and number of children in care

A sector-led review of the rise in applications for care orders and the number of children in care has been announced.
Oct 31, 2017

Lack of resources affecting ability to meet statutory duties to children: councillors

Lack of resources prevents councils from meeting their statutory duties to children, according to 40% of councillors responding to a National Children’s Bureau (NCB) survey.
Oct 04, 2017

LGO criticises failure of council to assess vulnerable young children at risk of harm

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has accused a council of not doing enough to safeguard a family who made multiple appeals for help to protect their younger children from threats of violence made by their teenage son.

Features and analysis

NAI or not?

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Carol Binnion examines the Family Court's disposal of care proceedings in what was originally thought to be a case of non-accidental injury.

Kinship assessments

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A Family Court judge recently found kinship assessments carried out by social workers to be fundamentally flawed. Elisabeth Richards explains why.

Deprivations of liberty and 16-17 year olds

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Jonathan Cowen, Anita Rao and Eleanor Sibley consider a Court of Appeal ruling on the question of whether parental consent has any role to play in deprivation of liberty applications concerning 16-17 year olds.

Securing gang injunctions

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Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have obtained what is believed to be the largest gang injunction claim ever. Jonathan Manning and Alice Richardson set out the judge's findings.

Older articles

Sep 07, 2017

Securing gang injunctions

Birmingham City Council and West Midlands Police have obtained what is believed to be the largest gang injunction claim ever. Jonathan Manning and Alice Richardson set out the judge's findings.
Aug 30, 2017

Emphasis on processes rather than outcomes undermining disabled rights: report

Actions by local authorities and the NHS have aggravated the negative affects on disabled people of government policies, a coalition of deaf and disabled people’s organisations has said.
Aug 24, 2017

Universities and the Prevent Duty

The High Court has ruled on a legal challenge over the Prevent Duty guidance issued to higher education institutions. Paul Bowen QC and Zahra Al-Rikabi explain the outcome.
Aug 22, 2017

Judge refuses to order parents to take down petition over care orders

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.
Aug 22, 2017

Cafcass and ADCS withdraw agreement over collaboration in care proceedings

A controversial agreement between the Association of Directors of Children’s Services and Cafcass over children’s care proceedings has been scrapped.
Aug 18, 2017

Police and council agree payouts for victims of child sexual exploitation

Victims of the Rotherham child sexual exploitation abuse scandal have started to receive compensation jointly from South Yorkshire Police and Rotherham Metropolitan Borough Council.
Aug 16, 2017

School governor banned over involvement in 'Trojan Horse' affair

A former chair of governors at a school involved in Birmingham’s ‘Trojan Horse’ affair has been banned from office.
Jul 20, 2017

Age assessment and ending support

A judge has considered the lawfulness of a policy of withdrawing services from someone claiming to be an unaccompanied child asylum seeker at the same time as giving summary reasons for deciding they were not under 18. Joshua Swirsky reports.
Jul 17, 2017

Police and not council must pay for special advocates in family case, says judge

The police and not a local authority must pay for the provision of special advocates in a rare example of them being required for a Family Court case, Cobb J has ruled.
Jul 14, 2017

Family judge warns on cross-courting after councils express concern

The Designated Family Judge (DFJ) for Cheshire and Merseyside has issued a warning to solicitors and barristers in the area over ‘cross-courting’, after local authorities raised concerns that the practice was resulting in their social workers being…
Jul 13, 2017

Placement for adoption and fairness

A recent High Court ruling that quashed a placement for adoption makes important reading for all local authorities, writes Sarah Tyler.
Jul 12, 2017

Family President calls on more judges to pilot settlement conferences

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has urged more judges to consider piloting settlement conferences in their area.
Jul 10, 2017

Charity issues guidance on publication of judgments about family matters

The Transparency Project has published a new guide designed to help parties in the family justice system “navigate the complicated issue of publishing judgments about private family matters”.
Jun 29, 2017

Professional differences and safeguarding

Deborah Jeremiah looks at the important role escalation processes play in safeguarding children and young people.
Jun 29, 2017

The continuing duty under s.17 CA

Natalie Connor examines a recent Administrative Court ruling on whether a council had complied with its duty under s.17 Children Act 1989.
Jun 29, 2017

President of Family Division issues guidance for judges on Ofsted inspections

The President of the Family Division has issued guidance for judges on speaking to Ofsted staff conducting inspections of local authority children’s services.
Jun 23, 2017

Allegations against monitoring officer at Bury over safeguarding case resolved

Allegations against the monitoring officer at Bury Council in relation to the handling of an historic individual child safeguarding case have been resolved by a disciplinary panel.
Jun 23, 2017

The Children and Social Work Act 2017

Jonathan Auburn looks at the impact on local authorities of the significant changes to be introduced by the Children and Social Work Act 2017.
Jun 21, 2017

UN human rights chief calls for changes to Prevent strategy

The United Nations’ special rapporteur on human rights has called for fundamental changes to the UK’s Prevent strategy, which is designed to counter extremism.
Jun 06, 2017

Judge agrees natural father should not be given notice of care proceedings

A natural father need not be given a copy of a notice of care proceedings where this would create a risk for the mother, HHJ Bellamy has ruled in the Family Court.

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