No case to answer in care proceedings

Re AA and 25 others 2019.

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Don’t turn around

C (A Child) (Judicial Conduct) [2019] EWFC B53 (16 October 2019).

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Judicial Conduct – what about the context?

The case C (A Child) (Judicial Conduct), an appeal against a decision made in care proceedings. The appeal was allowed because of the judge's shockingly inappropriate conduct.

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Control in the courtroom

Observers and newbies are often surprised when they first see a domestic abuse fact finding hearing at just how murky, and how messy these allegations and counter allegations are to unpick.

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A new case on the ‘shaken baby’ problem

TP and TS [2019] EWHC B51 concerns baby twins who had been born prematurely at 31 weeks and who subsequently experienced serious physical trauma that may have been attributable to their parents.

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News from the latest Cafcass Open Board Meeting: Thoughts from the new CEO

Cafcass hold two board meetings in public each year to promote transparency, engagement and trust.

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The mystery of the missing Minutes (or… minutes turn into hours and into months…)

Being slightly geeky, we like to follow the minutes of meetings of the Family Procedure Rule Committee, particularly since our request to the committee to consider implementing a legal blogging pilot, the progress of which we were able to track through consecutive (if tantalisingly delayed) minutes, up until the pilot launched in October last year.

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Is a residential home a person? Or MIND THE GAP

C (A Child) (Schedule 2, Paragraph 19, Children Act 1989) [2019] EWCA Civ 1714 (17 October 2019).

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Financial relief: a survey of ten cases over the past 50 years…

The top ten financial relief cases since 1971.

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Children’s rights: thirty years on from the Children Act 1989, Part 2

This article asks: to what extent are the views of children taken into account?

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No take-backs? The parents who changed their mind about adoption and the local authority who got it very, very wrong

The case of Foster Carers v A, B and a Welsh Local Authority [2019] EWFC B52 (27 June 2019) is a heart-rending example of the human suffering caused by a Local Authority that really should have known better.

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Children’s rights: thirty years on from the Children Act 1989

This article looks at how the law in relation to children’s rights under the Act have moved in the thirty years since it received Royal Assent.

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‘The problems are huge’: teenagers in care living in caravan parks

HHJ Dancey explains at the outset of this case, Dorset Council v A (Residential Placement: Lack of Resources) that he has spoken to A, aged 15, about his intention to ‘tell her story’ and that he is writing the judgment with her and her family reading it in mind.

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Relinquishing a relinquishment

Foster carers v A, B & A Welsh Local Authority [2019] EWFC B52 (27 June 2019).

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Tafida Raqeeb Judgment Summary: Continuation of Life-Sustaining Treatment in Italy held to be in Child’s Best Interests

This week, Mr Justice MacDonald handed down his judgment in the High Court, holding that continuation of medical treatment was in Tafida Raqeeb’s best interests.

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The deprivation of liberty for 16 and 17 year olds

We are very pleased to bring this Guest Post very kindly written by Victoria Butler-Cole QC, barrister at 39 Essex Chambers.

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Author not liable for any wince-related injuries

London Borough of Croydon v  KR 2019.

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What responsibility do CAFCASS have towards children who AREN’T the subjects of proceedings?

A County Council v Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) [2019] EWHC 2369 (Fam) (20 September 2019).

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Anonymity for pole dancers

If you have to tell a client whether their family court hearing will be dealt with anonymously or not (ie their names to remain confidential), the best thing they can do is toss a coin – certainly if their hearing is before a High Court judge.

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Can and should a Local Authority facilitate the use of sex workers for a vulnerable adult?

Lincolnshire County Council v AB [2019] EWCOP 43 (08 May 2019).

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Transgender Man cannot be registered as child’s Mother

In the case of TT, R (On the Application Of) v The Registrar General for England and Wales [2019] EWHC 2384 (Fam) (25 September 2019) the court was asked to determine the definition of ‘mother’ under the law in England and Wales.

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Committal to prison and children proceedings: Part 2

The second of two articles looking at the facts of the case Re Nasrullah Mursalin, and the background to the law.

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Committal to prison and children proceedings: Part 1

The first of two articles looking at the facts of the case Re Nasrullah Mursalin, and the background to the law.

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