Action and funding pledged on FGM and forced marriage

A new package of action and funding to protect millions of girls at home and abroad from female genital mutilation and forced marriage has been announced by the Prime Minister, International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Home Secretary Theresa May at the Girl Summit 2014.

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Law Commission commences mental capacity and detention project

The Law Commission is undertaking a project on mental capacity and detention with a view to publishing a report with recommendations for reform and a draft Bill in summer 2017.

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Child protection outsourcing plans 'dead in the water', claims Loughton

Controversial plans to allow councils to outsource child protection services are “dead in the water” following the departure of Michael Gove from the Department for Education, former children’s minister Tim Loughton has claimed.

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Research indicates that legal aid contributes to significant public savings

The Low Commission which earlier this year published its report on a future strategy for social welfare advice, in light of legal aid cuts, has now published a major follow up work on the economic value of social welfare advice.

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'Abducted' children returned to the UK

Two boys, who were kept in Russia by their father in breach of a family court order, have been returned to their mother in London.

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Faster court process cuts residential parenting assessments

Social workers are scaling back their use of residential parenting assessments due to Children and Families Act changes to the length of care proceedings, latest government research has found.

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Serious case reviews need reform, say academics

Inquiries into child deaths must be reformed so frontline practice can be improved to prevent further tragedies, a major study has concluded.

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Months on, almost 20% children’s social workers still not aware of Children and Families Act changes, report finds

A report conducted by the Victoria Climbié Foundation finds almost a fifth of children's social workers do not know about sweeping reforms to the adoption system.

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London Borough of Barking and Dagenham v C & Ors [2014] EWHC 2472 (Fam) (03 July 2014)

Care proceedings. Judgment concerning transfer to Romanian authorities.

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United Lincolnshire Hospitals NHS Trust v N [2014] EWCOP 16 (21 July 2014)

Judgment concerning issue as to whether it would be lawful and in the best interests of a woman in a minimally conscious state for the NHS Trust to make further efforts to establish and maintain a method of providing her with artificial nutrition.

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X (A Child) [2014] EWHC 2522 (Fam) (23 July 2014)

Care proceedings. Application by father for disclosure of overview report prepared in connection with serious case review. Application dismissed.

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B (Care; Injured Child) [2014] EWFC B91 (23 May 2014)

Final hearing in care proceedings concerning two children, one of whom had suffered injuries to the head and ribs.

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R (A Child: Habitual Residence), Re [2014] EWCA Civ 1032 (22 July 2014)

Residence application by father. Appeal by mother against decision that the court had jurisdiction by virtue of the child's habitual residence in this country. Appeal allowed.

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Children proceedings – evidence from ‘protected’ witnesses

The status of the evidence of children and of vulnerable witnesses has twice been before the Court of Appeal recently.

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Marital eroticism on marital separation

David Hodson asks: what happens on separation to intimate photographs taken during the marriage?

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Five things we can (usefully) do about LASPO

Five suggestions gleaned from the preliminary findings of the Bar Council’s survey on the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012.

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serious case review versus judicial review – a (cough) review

Who ‘owns’ a Serious Case Review, and what rights or powers do the Courts have over its disclosure?

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Re B: Children giving evidence

A summary of Re B (Child Evidence) [2014] EWCA Civ 1015.

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Abuse by the State: the inherent jurisdiction in Parker J’s hands

Allan Norman argues that two judgments of Parker J bring the inherent jurisdiction into disrepute.

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When fanily life is in the background

Anthony Douglas on the importance of family courts understanding the emotional lives of children.

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Being late to the party (turns out Auntie Beryl was Grandma Beryl…)

KS v Neath Port Talbot 2014.

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Alere Toxicology provides hair testing for drug and alcohol abuse



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