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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.

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Dec 13, 2017

Warning of legal challenge to procurement of residential care places for children

The Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) has warned that a legal challenge to local authority procurement of care places is possible without radical reform of the current system.
Dec 13, 2017

London borough proposes £100m fund for survivors of abuse at children’s homes

The London Borough of Lambeth has proposed a £100m fund for survivors of historic child sexual, physical and psychological abuse at its former children’s homes.
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 06, 2017

Social worker wins right to use documents for ECHR claim over judicial criticism

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has allowed a social worker to use restricted documents in proceedings to be brought over a judge’s critical remarks about her.
Dec 05, 2017

London borough fined £100,000 after social workers assaulted

A local authority has been fined £100,000 after two of its social workers were assaulted on a home visit by the mother of a vulnerable child they were visiting.

Features and analysis

Social services and negligence

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The Court of Appeal has this week handed down a judgment of importance to all those involved in litigating claims in negligence against local social services authorities. Paul Stagg and Robert Hams consider the implications of the ruling.

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.

Stalking of a foster placement

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A recent Court of Appeal case will be of significant interest to local government family practitioners, writes Dominic Boothroyd.

The Upper Tribunal on age assessments

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In a recent ruling the Upper Tribunal has given guidance on age assessments. Tessa Buchanan sets out its findings.

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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 21, 2017

Social services and negligence

The Court of Appeal has this week handed down a judgment of importance to all those involved in litigating claims in negligence against local social services authorities. Paul Stagg and Robert Hams consider the implications of the ruling.
Dec 13, 2017

Warning of legal challenge to procurement of residential care places for children

The Independent Children's Homes Association (ICHA) has warned that a legal challenge to local authority procurement of care places is possible without radical reform of the current system.
Dec 13, 2017

London borough proposes £100m fund for survivors of abuse at children’s homes

The London Borough of Lambeth has proposed a £100m fund for survivors of historic child sexual, physical and psychological abuse at its former children’s homes.
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.
Dec 06, 2017

Social worker wins right to use documents for ECHR claim over judicial criticism

The President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has allowed a social worker to use restricted documents in proceedings to be brought over a judge’s critical remarks about her.
Dec 05, 2017

London borough fined £100,000 after social workers assaulted

A local authority has been fined £100,000 after two of its social workers were assaulted on a home visit by the mother of a vulnerable child they were visiting.
Dec 04, 2017

Family with no recourse to public funds wins judicial review battle with council

Milton Keynes Council failed to properly consider an application for help with housing by a family without recourse to public funds.
Dec 01, 2017

Stalking of a foster placement

A recent Court of Appeal case will be of significant interest to local government family practitioners, writes Dominic Boothroyd.
Nov 29, 2017

Borough to cut reliance upon external counsel for PLO and care proceedings work

The London Borough of Redbridge is aiming to save up to £150,000 by reducing its expenditure on external counsel fees relating to the Public Law Outline and care proceedings.
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

Council settles historic abuse claim with five-figure payout: report

A local authority which initially defended a sexual abuse claim on the basis that it would be an abuse of process to make a second attempt at compensation, has agreed to make a five-figure payout to settle the claim, it has been reported.
Nov 24, 2017

The Upper Tribunal on age assessments

In a recent ruling the Upper Tribunal has given guidance on age assessments. Tessa Buchanan sets out its findings.
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 17, 2017

Adoption update

Elizabeth Isaacs QC looks at the lessons to be learned from the latest judgments in relation to adoption.
Nov 15, 2017

NW councils to appoint two barristers chambers to £2.7m childcare advocacy deal

Four North West councils are to appoint two sets of barristers’ chambers to a £2.7m contract for the provision of advocacy services to their childcare departments.
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 14, 2017

Judges reject challenge over adoption and special guardianship for half-brothers

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a case brought against Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council over whether a child should be adopted when his older half-brothers, who lived with the same couple, were to be the subject of a special guardianship order.
Nov 09, 2017

Judge allows naming of council involved in special guardianship case

A judge has allowed Gloucestershire County Council to be identified in a child guardianship case.

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