Social worker on the naughty step

M and N (Children : Local authority gathering, preserving and disclosing evidence) [2018] EWFC 40 (1 June 2018).

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Making Special Guardianship Order before child has lived with prospective carers

P-S (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1407 (18 June 2018).

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Alleged contempt, whilst in prison for contempt

Egeneonu v Egeneonu & Anor [2018] EWHC 1392 (Fam).

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My work life imbalance and the big gorgeous eyes

It's ironic that some weeks after the publication of the Bar Council's Working Lives Survey I've only just managed to scrape together enough time to knock up a blog post to say 'Damn Right we're stressed and overworked!

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Bob the Builder – Mail, please fix it!

The Daily Mail reported yesterday that a ‘Nurse’s one-year-old son is taken from her care after she let him sit in a Bob The Builder toy car that was ‘inappropriate’ for his age’.

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Is, Was and Ever Will Be

This is a Court of Appeal decision in relation to significant harm in care proceedings, where the harm was said to be emotional harm. Re S & H-S Children 2018.

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Charlie Gard, Alfie Evans and R (A Child): Why A Medical Treatment Significant Harm Test Would Hinder Not Help

This is a guest post by Katie Gollop QC and Sarah Pope. Katie represented Great Ormond Street hospital in the Charlie Gard case, and and Katie appeared in the recent case of Re R (A Child).

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UK Supreme Court: Questions of Divorce and Civil Partnership

"Hypocrisy and lack of intellectual honesty which is so characteristic a feature of the current law ...." - Sir James Munby.

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Talking about social work

We recently wrote about an article by Louise Tickle in the Guardian which had caused a certain amount of controversy.

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Transparency – why it matters, what it means

This is the text of a speech delivered by Chair of The Transparency Project, Lucy Reed at the Bloomsbury Family Law Conference on 16 May 2018, at Gray’s Inn.

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The Abuse of Alfie’s Rights: A Gilded Death is Still a Death

Alfie’s life, his legal battles, and his death, have polarised opinion.

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Alfie Evans, best interests, and parental rights

By now, we all know the terrible story of Alfie Evans, who spent 16 months of his two years of life in hospital as his brain turned to water and cerebral spinal fluid and who died following the removal of life sustaining ventilation.

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