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Criminal law and family proceedings

What place does criminal law have in family proceedings? Mark Cooper reports on a Court of Appeal ruling.

News headlines

Jul 18, 2018

Council “had lawful basis” for accommodating children under s.20 CA: Supreme Court

A London borough had a lawful basis for continuing to accommodate children under s.20 of the Children Act 1989, the Supreme Court has unanimously ruled.
Jul 18, 2018

Abuse inquiry hit with £200k fine by ICO after bulk email error

The Information Commissioner’s Office has served a £200,000 monetary penalty notice on the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) after it sent a bulk email that identified possible victims of non-recent child sexual abuse.
Jul 17, 2018

Law firm pledges £12.5k for FDAC National Unit, urges others to follow suit

A leading family law firm, Hall Brown, has pledged £12,500 in each of the next year three years to the running costs of the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit.
Jul 05, 2018

Average time for disposal of care cases rises to 30 weeks: MoJ

The average time for a care or supervision case to reach first disposal rose to 30 weeks in January to March this year – the highest average since early 2014, the Ministry of Justice has revealed.
Jun 21, 2018

Top family judge concerned at prospective closure of FDAC National Unit

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has expressed concern at the “profoundly disturbing news” that the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) National Unit has had to withdraw its application for funding to the Life Chances Fund…

Features and analysis

Rising social worker caseloads

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With a more than 10% increase in social worker caseloads, is there an increase in risk? Sarah-Erwin Jones looks at the potential problems.

Legal decisions and social work

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The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, retires this month. Naomi De Silva looks at how his rulings have affected social work.

Good expert or bad?

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When it comes to historic social care claims, the answer lies in the prep, writes Laura Broadhead.

Magical sparkle powers

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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.

Older articles

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.
Apr 20, 2018

Magical sparkle powers

Mr Justice Mostyn has recently issued two rulings on secure accommodation and consent. Andrew Pack examines the judgments and the prospect of an appeal.
Apr 18, 2018

Care order applications received by Cafcass falls for first time in years

The number of care order applications fell for the first time in several years in 2017/18 but only by a small amount (2.3%), Cafcass has reported.
Mar 23, 2018

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.
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 16, 2018

The Family Court and extremist parents

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

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