Oct 14, 2019
A Family Court judge has published a judgment in relation to a 15-and-a-half year old girl to highlight the resource issues that local authorities face looking after young vulnerable people at risk of harm, describing the problems as “huge”.
Oct 14, 2019
Three residential child care workers and their manager have been removed from the Register of Social Care Workers after a hearing found their fitness to practise was currently impaired because of serious misconduct.
Oct 14, 2019
Law firm Bevan Brittan has advised Worcestershire County Council on the development and launch of a new children’s services company, Worcestershire Children First.
Oct 09, 2019
Cafcass has said it supports a renewed focus on pre-proceedings work and managing risk in public law children cases, with more emphasis on gaining and recording the wishes and feelings of children at that stage.
Oct 03, 2019
Liverpool City Council has appointed a single barristers’ chambers to provide advocacy in court for its children’s services in childcare cases.
Oct 01, 2019
A court has no power to require Cafcass to appoint one of its officers, whether a children's guardian or otherwise, to undertake any work with or play any role with a non-subject child, a High Court judge has concluded.
Sep 30, 2019
There is no jurisdiction for a family court to make a FGM (female genital mutilation) protection order against the Home Secretary to control the exercise of her jurisdiction with respect to matters of immigration and asylum, the President of the Family Division has concluded.
Sep 27, 2019
The percentage of care or supervision cases to reach first disposal within 26 weeks fell seven points in April to June 2019 (to 41%) compared with the same period for 2018, the latest quarterly statistics from the Ministry of Justice have revealed.
Sep 25, 2019
The Howard League for Penal Reform and the Youth Justice Legal Centre at Just for Kids Law have published a step-by-step guide to help lawyers advocate effectively for looked-after children at the police station.
Sep 24, 2019
The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a local authority over a recorder’s decision to adjourn public law children proceedings.
Sep 19, 2019
Neither the criminal or civil justice system is able to effectively deliver the redress that victims and survivors of child sexual abuse seek, with many finding the processes "baffling, frustrating, hostile and futile", the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse (IICSA) has said.
Sep 18, 2019
Councils bear an inadvertent responsibility for the growth of ‘county lines’ drugs gangs by placing looked after children outside their home area, a report has claimed.
Sep 10, 2019
A row has broken out between Nagalro, the professional association for Family Court Advisers, Children’s Guardians and Independent Social Workers, and Cafcass over the information on the latter’s website.
Aug 29, 2019
A county council has agreed to pay £24,000 after a Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman investigation into a case where a mother of three, who also took on the care of her two grandchildren, had to sleep on a mattress in her living room for more than 10 years because the local authority did not deliver the support it had agreed to.
Aug 28, 2019
Councils are growing alarmed about the activities of private equity firms which are buying up small fostering agencies, it has been reported.
Aug 27, 2019
Councils were forced to overspend on their children’s social care budgets by nearly £800m last year, the Local Government Association has said, blaming “severe funding shortages and huge demand pressures”.
Aug 20, 2019
Liverpool City Council is to offer a contract to a set of chambers for the provision of childcare barrister advocacy services.
Aug 16, 2019
The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has called for major changes to special guardianship orders (SGOs) to ensure that family members who become carers have direct experience beforehand of looking after the child concerned.
Aug 14, 2019
The family court has the statutory power to review its own decisions and challenges to findings of fact on the basis of further evidence do not have to be by way of appeal only, the Court of Appeal has held.
Aug 08, 2019
A girl at potential risk of female genial mutilation (FGM) may be taken on a trip to Egypt to visit her father but only in strictly controlled circumstances, a High Court judge has ruled.
Aug 07, 2019
The Family Group at 42 Bedford Row has been strengthened with the arrival of senior barrister Marcia Hyde from Coram Chambers.
Jul 31, 2019
Two London boroughs acted correctly when they made assessments that led them to decide not to provide a family with accommodation and subsistence under section 17 of the Children Act 1989.
Jul 23, 2019
Thousands of knives and sharp objects are being confiscated annually at London family courts, it has been reported.
Jul 19, 2019
The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has warned councils to be clear with parents of home-schooled children whether home visits are routine or triggered by specific concerns.
Jul 17, 2019
1GC Family Law has bolstered its children law practice with the arrival of two specialist practitioners, Elpha LeCointe and Susan George.