Someone had blundered

RE J (A Minor: Revocation of Adoption) 2017.

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For his own amusement

Kent County Council v A,B,C and D (Children : Weight to be attached to evidence of child after flawed ABE interviews) (Rev 1) [2017] EWFC B72 (01 March 2017).

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Covert Recording : A hot potato lob by the Court of Appeal

The Court of Appeal delivered judgment in Re B (A Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1579 last week. In it they consider (but do not resolve) the question of how the Family Court should deal with evidence obtained by covert recording.

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Flying under the Radar: Experiencing the Court of Protection Transparency Pilot as an academic researcher

This is a guest post by Gillian Loomes, a PhD researcher at the University of Leeds Law School.

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“A very provocative broadside” – are women really destroying marriage?

This is a guest post by Jo Edwards. Jo is a partner and Head of Family at Forsters solicitors and former Chair of Resolution.

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Forty tons of Toblerone

S v S (Relocation) 2017.

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Magical sparkle powers – a sparkle too far?

Mahzar v Lord Chancellor 2017.

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Nods and becks and wreathed smiles

Re P, Q, R, S,T and U 2017.

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Knocking at the door to the family courts: two journalists’ experiences, two years apart

Last month, senior BuzzFeed reporter Emily Dugan spent three days at Birmingham’s central family and civil court, researching a fascinating and in-depth article that detailed the effects of legal aid cuts on people who can’t afford a lawyer and who therefore have to represent themselves.

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But What About the Children? Hearing the Voice of Children and Young People in court proceedings

On Monday 9th March 2017 I attended the Nagalro Autumn Conference which examined how children’s voices are heard in court proceedings about them.

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News Media Association fails in claim for judicial review of Press Recognition Panel

The High Court has rejected NMA’s claim for judicial review of the PRP’s decision to recognise IMPRESS as an independent, charter-compliant press regulator.

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Checking Facebook – social workers and social media

I happened to read the Community Care piece on social workers and social media this week.

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Appearing as a witness in court – tips for parents

Tonight I was involved in a twitter discussion about the publication of some tips for social workers who are worried about giving evidence, and the sense that parents are not given similar support.

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Follicle a deux

Re H (A Child :Hair Strand Testing) 2017.

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Eastenders – gritty real life drama or just running down social workers again?

Eastenders has recently run a story line about child protection. It hasn’t gone down very well with social workers.

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Fair, accurate and balanced – while being stopped from reporting the facts?

The lack of transparency in family law cases means we are now in a situation where abuses of some of the most intrusive powers the state has are illegal to report, says Louise Tickle.

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The Court of Protection pilot – taking off before a flying test?

Questions about the Court of Protection transparency pilot.

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More adoption or faster adoption?

For children who cannot stay with their birth families, adoption, and adoption at the earliest opportunity is a good thing. But we need to take care not to slip into simplifying that proposition into one which simply reads : Adoption is a GOOD THING.

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The muslim foster carer case again – what else has emerged?

This week the court held a further hearing, the IRH or Issues Resolution Hearing.

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