Father bugs daughter's clothes in court battle over who she lives with

Listening devices sewn into schoolgirl’s blazer and coat to record talks with social worker, family court ruling reveals.

Full story: The Guardian

MoJ opens consultation on appeals to the Court of Appeal and proposed CPR amendments

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has opened a consultation on appeals to the Court of Appeal, plus proposed amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) and the associated Practice Directions.

Full story: Family Law

Children in care: Call to cut prosecutions for minor offences

Children in care should not be prosecuted for minor offences, a report looking at their over-representation in the criminal justice says.

Full story: BBC News

Proposals to be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights ‘would restore common sense’ to human rights applications.

Full story: Family Law Week

President declares that UK law should give single parents through surrogacy the same rights as couples

Sir James Munby, the President of the High Court Family Division, has made a formal declaration that UK law discriminates against single parents with children born through surrogacy and is incompatible with their human rights.

Full story: Family Law

Public Guardian practice note: Family care payments

The Office of the Public Guardian has published a practice note on family care payments, also known as gratuitous care payments.

Full story: Family Law

Guidance: Liaison between Courts in England and Wales and British Embassies and High Commissions Abroad

This guidance note describes procedures which are to be followed when a court in England and Wales exercising family jurisdiction seeks to invoke diplomatic assistance.

Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Adoption law reform aims to speed up placements

A shake-up of adoption rules in England aims to move more children more quickly from the care system to family life.

Full story: BBC News
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M v F (Covert Recording of Children) [2016] EWFC 29 (16 May 2016)

Judgment including judicial warning about covert recording of children involved in family proceedings.

Full report: Bailii

S, Re [2015] EWHC 4159 (Fam) (20 August 2015)

Judgment concerning reporting restriction order in case concerning the 'radicalisation' of minors.

Full report: Bailii

X (A Child: Profound Needs) [2016] EWFC B36 (22 April 2016)

Care and placement proceedings concerning a five year old boy with profound needs.

Full report: Bailii

Z (A Child) (No 2) [2016] EWHC 1191 (Fam) (20 May 2016)

Surrogacy. Father refused parental order on the basis that the court cannot make an order on the application of a single parent. Application for a declaration of incompatibility.

Full report: Bailii

Davies & Anor v Davies [2016] EWCA Civ 463 (19 May 2016)

Appeal by parents against amount of award to daughter in respect of successful proprietary estoppel claim.

Full report: Bailii
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Children and Social Work Bill - what do we know?

Government aims to 'tip the balance in favour of permanent adoption where that is the right thing for the child'.

Full article: Family Law Week

Children: Public Law Update (May 2016)

John Tughan QC of 4 Paper Buildings reviews recent important judgments in the field of public children law.

Full article: Family Law Week

Family: needs and standard of living

The issue for many judges is the period over which the standard of living is to be maintained.

Full article: Law Society Gazette
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Bugs, bunny

M v F (Covert Recording of children) 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Children and social work Bill

Long way to go, of course, but this lays out what the Government would hope to do with the new law.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Adoption – rhetoric and facts (again)

Last Sunday, the Prime Minister was widely quoted from the Sunday Times as being ‘unashamedly pro-adoption’ in describing the new Children and Social Work Bill announced later last week in the Queen’s Speech.

Full post: The Transparency Project

section 20 and human rights damages (£17,500 award)

Kent County Council v M and K (section 20 : declaration and damages) 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Beyond parental control

Re P (Permission to withdraw care proceedings) 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds
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