Supreme Court to hear key case on liability of councils for foster care abuse

The Supreme Court has agreed to hear a key case on the liability of councils for foster care abuse, it has emerged.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Serious case reviews to be scrapped

The current system of serious case reviews into child deaths will be scrapped, the government has said.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Law Commission commits to scrapping DoLS but will urge less wide alternative

The problems with the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) can be resolved only by their wholesale replacement and responsibility for establishing the case for a deprivation of liberty should be shifted onto commissioning bodies such as the NHS or local authority, the Law Commission has said in an interim statement.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Top judge hands divorcee £3.5m despite husband arguing it should be less as ex-wife lives with another man

Women who move in with other men after getting divorced are still entitled to a share of their ex-husband's wealth, the UK's most senior family judge has ruled.

Full story: The Telegraph

Social worker praised for ‘commendable’ practice in case of Lithuanian boy

A judge praised a social worker and children's guardian for "careful and comprehensive" analysis of the options available for the eight-year-old.

Full story: Community Care

Independent review into Sharia Law launched

An independent review into the application of Sharia Law in England and Wales has been launched by Home Secretary Theresa May today.

Full story: Home Office

Two in three domestic abuse victims unaware of legal aid eligibility

Lack of information on legal rights and available services is harming access to justice.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Woman's bid to use deceased daughter's eggs continues

A 60-year-old woman who wants to use her late daughter's frozen eggs to give birth to her own grandchild is continuing her legal battle.

Full story: BBC News
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Randall v Randall [2016] EWCA Civ 494 (27 May 2016)

Appeal by H against order that he had no standing to contest validity of W's mother's will, which had the effect of leaving him with nothing from the estate. Appeal allowed.

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S (A Child) [2016] EWCA Civ 495 (27 May 2016)

Appeal by father against decision to make a child arrangements order in favour of the mother. Appeal dismissed.

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S (Child Abduction: Joinder of Sibling: Child's Objections) [2016] EWHC 1227 (Fam) (27 May 2016)

Application by father for return of child to France, in which the child's 17 year old sister sought to be joined as a party.

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H (Jurisdiction), Re [2016] EWHC 1252 (Fam) (26 May 2016)

Judgment requiring father to disclose whereabouts of a six year old child of dual Afghan/British nationality, who is not known to have been present in this country at any stage.

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Birmingham City Council v LC & Ors [2016] EWHC 1278 (Fam) (27 May 2016)

Care proceedings concerning four children. Child arrangements order made in respect of eldest child, in favour of father. Care and placement orders made in respect of other three children.

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Adoption reform: what the government said, and what the government did

Looking back on what the government said about the adoption reform included in the Children and Social Work Bill, and what it actually did.

Full article: Community Care

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
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Snug as a bug in a rug

Cumbria County Council v M and Others 2016.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Just for the record…

It is an astonishingly poor judgment to plant a bug in the clothes of one’s own child.

Full post: Pink Tape

Father should be allowed to apply for parental responsibility following surrogacy

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

Full post: UK Human Rights Blog

Section 20 – keys to open the door, keys to hold the door

This has been nibbling at me for a while, and there isn’t a clear answer, so I wanted to highlight the question.

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Bugs, bunny

M v F (Covert Recording of children) 2016.

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