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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 17, 2018

LGO urges councils to support special guardians as 70% of complaints upheld

Seven out of ten complaints received about the problems faced by special guardians are upheld, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has revealed.
May 17, 2018

Council to pay backdated support to 170+ families over special guardian issues

More than 170 families in the North East are to receive backdated financial support after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found problems with the way North Tyneside Council was paying support to special guardians.
May 16, 2018

Council to review cases after judge criticises failure on duty of candour

The London Borough of Brent is to review all judicial review cases involving its Children and Young People’s Services team for potential disclosure failures, after a Deputy High Court judge criticised the council for failing properly to discharge…
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.

Features and analysis

Establishing a regional adoption agency

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What issues should local authorities consider when establishing a regional adoption agency? Olwen Dutton explains.

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.

Reasoning in court judgments

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Claire Booth examines a Court of Appeal ruling in a case where a mother appealed foster care orders for her older 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.

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 17, 2018

LGO urges councils to support special guardians as 70% of complaints upheld

Seven out of ten complaints received about the problems faced by special guardians are upheld, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) has revealed.
May 17, 2018

Council to pay backdated support to 170+ families over special guardian issues

More than 170 families in the North East are to receive backdated financial support after the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman found problems with the way North Tyneside Council was paying support to special guardians.
May 16, 2018

Council to review cases after judge criticises failure on duty of candour

The London Borough of Brent is to review all judicial review cases involving its Children and Young People’s Services team for potential disclosure failures, after a Deputy High Court judge criticised the council for failing properly to discharge…
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 26, 2018

NICE defends guidance on spotting injuries to babies after criticism from researchers

The National Institute for Clinical Excellence (NICE) has defended its guidance on spotting injuries to babies after criticism from researchers on television.
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 24, 2018

Sir Andrew McFarlane named new President of Family Division

Sir Andrew McFarlane, a Lord Justice of Appeal since 2011 and the Supervising Lord Justice for Family Cases, has been named President of the Family Division.
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 19, 2018

Judge rejects bid by council to obtain wardship over ill child

A High Court judge has rejected an attempt by the London Borough of Croydon to obtain wardship over a seriously ill child.
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.
Apr 13, 2018

Establishing a regional adoption agency

What issues should local authorities consider when establishing a regional adoption agency? Olwen Dutton explains.
Apr 12, 2018

Council rapped after homeless family left to live in hotel rooms for three years

The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has sharply criticised a city council after a family, including children with disabilities, shared a single hotel room for more than three years because the local authority did not treat their housing…
Apr 11, 2018

Number of public law children cases edged up slightly in 2017: MoJ

The number of public law children cases starting in 2017 was up slightly (1%) over the full year compared to 2016, the Ministry of Justice has said.
Apr 11, 2018

Family President issues guidance on final hearings in adoption applications

The President of the Family Division has issued guidance intended to clarify the legal requirements and practical arrangements for final hearings in adoption applications and adoption visits.
Apr 09, 2018

Councils “threatening to take children of undocumented parents into care”: claim

When faced with undocumented families in desperate need, local authorities are often only offering accommodation to children – “effectively threatening to take them into care if an undocumented parent asks social services for support”, human rights…
Apr 05, 2018

Supreme Court expedites key case on liability of social services authorities

The Supreme Court has expedited the hearing of a key case over the liability of social services authorities.
Apr 04, 2018

County council to act as guarantor for care leavers when renting

Kent County Council is set to operate a pilot scheme under which it would act as guarantor for care leavers who rent a home and pay a landlord.

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