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Care proceedings and medical treatment

The Court of Protection team at 39 Essex Chambers examines recent comments by the President of the Family Division on care proceedings and the medical treatment of children.

News headlines

Mar 20, 2018

Parents of vulnerable 18 year olds crowd fund challenge over law on deputyships

A group of parents has launched a crowdfunding campaign to try to change the law on protection by deputyship of young adults with learning difficulties.
Mar 08, 2018

Ombudsman upholds 80% of complaints about Education and Health Care Plans

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman is upholding about 80% of complaints it investigates about Education and Health Care Plans (EHCPs), it has been revealed.
Mar 06, 2018

Ministers rule out imposing mandatory reporting of child abuse

The government has ruled out mandatory reporting of child abuse, in a move welcomed by the Local Government Association (LGA) and the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS).
Feb 28, 2018

Family Drug and Alcohol Courts to expand across London

The Family Drug and Alcohol Court ( FDAC) is to expand in London after a partnership of nine boroughs, led by Merton Council, commissioned the service from the Tavistock and Portman NHS Foundation Trust.
Jan 24, 2018

Obese girl could be taken into care: report

An obese 12-year-old girl could be taken into care after a doctor raised concerns about her health and this led to intervention by child social services, it has been reported.

Features and analysis

The Family Court and extremist parents

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Martin Downs examines the courts’ approach in childcare cases where parents are convicted of terrorism offences.

Immunisations for children in care

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Sarah Fahy considers the correct approach to be taken when it comes to immunisations for children in care.

Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes: a guide

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes are often raised as a possibility in cases of alleged inflicted injury. Mark Cooper provides a guide for family lawyers on these conditions.

Back to the Future: e-bundles

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It is time to embrace the move towards e-bundles in family proceedings, writes Matthew Maynard.

Older articles

Jan 24, 2018

Obese girl could be taken into care: report

An obese 12-year-old girl could be taken into care after a doctor raised concerns about her health and this led to intervention by child social services, it has been reported.
Jan 04, 2018

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.
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.
Dec 08, 2017

NAI or not?

Carol Binnion examines the Family Court's disposal of care proceedings in what was originally thought to be a case of non-accidental injury.
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 24, 2017

Kinship assessments

A Family Court judge recently found kinship assessments carried out by social workers to be fundamentally flawed. Elisabeth Richards explains why.
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.
Nov 03, 2017

Deprivations of liberty and 16-17 year olds

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.
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.
Sep 07, 2017

Ombudsman criticises council for errors in children’s complaints handling

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has criticised a London borough after two brothers with learning difficulties saw their care and support packages reduced without their mother being told why.
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.

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