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Mr Justice Mostyn has recently issued two rulings on secure accommodation and consent. Andrew Pack examines the judgments and the prospect of an appeal.

News headlines

May 23, 2018

Tandem system in public law proceedings “working well”, MoJ review finds

The ‘tandem’ system of representation for children in public law cases works well and does not need major reform, a Ministry of Justice review has found.
May 16, 2018

Tribunal rejects claims of detriment from safeguarding lead who sued for £1.4m

An Employment Tribunal has rejected whistleblowing allegations made against North Somerset Council by a former service leader in safeguarding.
May 09, 2018

Family Division judge refuses council permission to withdraw care proceedings

A Family Division judge has refused an application by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets to have care proceedings for child C either dismissed or withdrawn.
May 02, 2018

Ombudsman warns councils on timescales for Education, Health and Care plans

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has criticised Cornwall Council for the way it carried out the transfer of a boy’s Statement of Special Educational Needs (Statement) to an Education, Health and Care (EHC) plan.
Apr 25, 2018

Media watchdog upholds complaint by council over “distorted” coverage of foster case

The Independent Press Standards Organisation (IPSO) has upheld a complaint by the London Borough of Tower Hamlets against a national newspaper’s coverage of a fostering case.

Features and analysis

Care proceedings and medical treatment

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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.

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.

Older articles

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 08, 2018

Immunisations for children in care

Sarah Fahy considers the correct approach to be taken when it comes to immunisations for children in care.
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).
Mar 02, 2018

Ehlers-Danlos Syndromes: a guide

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.
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.
Feb 23, 2018

Back to the Future: e-bundles

It is time to embrace the move towards e-bundles in family proceedings, writes Matthew Maynard.
Feb 16, 2018

Care proceedings and Article 5

James Goudie QC examines a recent judgment of the Family President in relation to care proceedings and the right to liberty and security under Article 5 of the European Convention on Human Rights.
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.

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