May 07, 2021
A mother who wished to contest an adoption order was not afforded due process by the Family Court, the Court of Appeal has found.
May 05, 2021
A judge in the Family Division of the High Court has revoked adoption orders for an 18 year old (A) and a 16 year old (B) after concluding that there were “compelling highly exceptional and particular circumstances” that supported such a step.
May 04, 2021
A children’s rights charity has threatened the Government with legal action over its decision not to ban the use of unregulated accommodation for 16 and 17 year-old children in care.
May 03, 2021
Council fails in appeal over direction by judge that parents and child should undergo residential assessment
A Family Court judge has rejected an appeal brought by a local authority against a case management decision by a district judge pursuant to s 38(6) of the Children Act (1989) directing that the parents and the subject child (“L”) should undergo a residential assessment.
Apr 27, 2021
Islington Council has launched a consultation this month on a proposed support payment scheme for survivors of abuse suffered while placed by the local authority in one of its children’s homes from 1966 to 1995.
Apr 23, 2021
A Kent teenager was left to sofa surf and live in a tent for almost two months by Medway Council during the COVID-19 pandemic after his family was left homeless, the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman has found.
Apr 21, 2021
High Court judge questions whether children’s services at council are fit for purpose after identifying “egregious and longstanding failures” in case over eight years period
Herefordshire Council is to hold an extraordinary meeting this month “to agree swift and decisive action” to improve its Children’s Services after a High Court judge concluded in a scathing judgment that the local authority had “utterly failed” children who were the subject of public law proceedings.
Apr 14, 2021
The Court of Appeal has allowed an appeal by a local authority over a judge’s decision not to separate a mother and a baby.
Apr 12, 2021
Professionals back retention of supervision orders as option for courts in care proceedings, but half call for changes to be made
Nine out of ten professionals think standalone supervision orders should continue to be an option in care proceedings, according to a survey by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO).
Apr 12, 2021
Judge considers whether local authority obliged to assess members of ‘original family’ of mother who herself was adopted
A Family Court judge has issued a ruling on whether, within public law proceedings, there was any obligation on a local authority to assess members of the biological/birth family of the mother of the subject infant child, where the mother herself was adopted as a child and raised by adoptive parents.