Parents lose legal fight to keep Liverpool toddler on life support

High court rules in favour of doctors who said continuing to treat Alfie Evans was ‘inhumane’.

Full story: The Guardian

Serious case review criticises services’ ‘over optimism’ of ‘start again’ approach

Serious case review says historical information did not inform decision-making despite five of the parents’ children previously being taken into care.

Full story: Community Care

Councils struggling to cope with surge in child protection referrals

Government urged to act on domestic violence reforms promised in Queen’s speech.

Full story: The Guardian

Dispensing with Independent Reviewing Officers would put vulnerable children at risk

Nagalro objects to proposal in foster care review.

Full story: Family Law Week

Guidance to family courts: payment for intermediaries and intermediary assessments

Internal staff guidance has been published by the Ministry of Justice setting out out how certain court-ordered measures including intermediaries and intermediary assessments may be paid for in family cases.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court ruling highlights complexities in family 'abduction' cases

The Supreme Court has highlighted the complex nature of issues that lower courts have to grapple with in relation to family cases involving the Hague Convention on civil aspects of international child abduction.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Rise in caseloads for children's social workers

The average number of cases children's social workers deal with at any one time has risen to nearly 18, government statistics suggest.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Divorcing couples may clash over Bitcoin

Divorcing couples are being warned to disclose all their assets amid fears that some may use digital currencies such as Bitcoin to hide their wealth.

Full story: BBC News
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L (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 238 (21 February 2018)

Applications by mother and grandparents for permission to appeal against care orders made in respect of two children. Permission refused.

Full report: Bailii

Alder Hey Children's NHS Foundation Trust v Evans & Anor [2018] EWHC 308 (Fam) (20 February 2018)

Application by NHS Trust for a declaration that continued ventilatory support is not in child's best interests, and in the circumstances it is not lawful that such treatment continue.

Full report: Bailii

Buehrlen v Buehrlen [2017] EWHC 3643 (Fam) (24 November 2017)

Appeal by husband against dismissal/refusal of application to instruct an employment expert, to give evidence as to the wife's earning capacity. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii

M (A Child) [2018] EWCA Civ 240 (20 February 2018)

Appeal by mother against dismissal of application to discharge care order. Appeal allowed.

Full report: Bailii

R (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 198 (16 February 2018)

Appeal by father against finding that he had "used unreasonable force and unlawfully killed the mother", dealing with issue of the extent to which, if at all, the Family Court should import elements of criminal law into a fact-finding determination within child care proceedings.

Full report: Bailii
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Child Contact Interventions

Adrian Barnett-Thoung-Holland, barrister of St Alban's Chambers, explains the practicalities of a valuable resource for children lawyers.

Full article: Family Law Week

Stepfather adoption: the pros and cons

The legal position for a stepfather in relation to his stepchild can be fundamentally altered through an adoption order.

Full article: Family Law

Will extending jurisdiction to missing people overstretch the Court of Protection?

The Guardianship (Missing Persons) Act 2017 (also known as Claudia’s Law) increases the Court of Protection’s jurisdiction to include any person who cannot make decisions for themselves by virtue of being ‘missing’.

Full article: Family Law
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Legal aid and Convention rights in domestic violence committal proceedings

Non-molestation orders and conviction for breach.

Full post: dbfamilylaw

Unlawful killing

Re R (Children) 2018: A very peculiar case and one in which leading counsel puts self in harms way in order to demonstrate breach of article 6 and succeed in appeal.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Talk to the hand – I’m not YOUR social worker!

It's an old chestnut, the idea that a social worker is there for the child and NOT the parents.

Full post: Pink Tape

Fact Finding hearings and criminal law

This post is about a new judgment from the Court of Appeal called : R (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 198 (16 February 2018).

Full post: The Transparency Project

Things children say – Disclosure, allegations and why language matters

Earlier this month the NSPCC put out a call on twitter for professionals to respond to a survey they are running as part of the evidence gathering phase of ‘a project to support professionals to take the appropriate action when they have concerns about the safeguarding of children and young people’.

Full post: The Transparency Project
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