Social work delays can put children at risk, says Ofsted

Vulnerable children in England could be at risk because of delays in social workers' assessments of the care they need, Ofsted has said in a report.

Full story: BBC News

New standards unveiled for children and family social workers

Isabelle Trowler, the Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, has announced a new set of standards for senior social work supervisors and leaders of child and family social workers.

Full story: Family Law Week

Social worker's report may as well have been in foreign language, Judge says

A judge has expressed fury over the lack of plain English in a report by a social worker in a family court case - warning that the failings are more than 'linguistic pedantry'.

Full story: The Telegraph

British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) closes with immediate effect

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering has announced that it has closed and that some of its functions have transferred to children's charity and adoption and fostering agency, Coram, and to a new entity, CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy.

Full story: Family Law Week

Adopted boy taken off white couple to grow up with black aunt he had never met

Judge removed child from white parents to grow up with black aunt he had never met.

Full story: The Telegraph

Families travelling to join Isis should be allowed to keep custody of their children, says judge

Families suspected of attempting to travel overseas to join Isis should be allowed to keep custody of their children – as long as the parents wear electronic tags, a High Court judge has ruled.

Full story: The Independent

Social workers criticised for ‘reprehensible’ behaviour in adoption case

A High Court judge criticised social workers and Brighton and Hove Council accused them of making claims they "weren't qualified to make".

Full story: Community Care

Greece joins EU law of applicable law on divorce

Today, 29 July 2015, Greece becomes the 16th EU country to incorporate European legislation known as the Rome III Regulation into its own domestic law.

Full story: Family Law
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Hancock, Re [2015] EWHC 2324 (Fam) (22 July 2015)

Application by local authority for committal of father in care proceedings to prison for contempt.

Full report: Bailii

L (Application to Withdraw) (Head Injuries: Unknown Cause) [2015] EWFC 67 (06 July 2015)

Application by local authority for permission to withdraw application for care order.

Full report: Bailii

L And B (Children : care proceedings) [2015] EWFC 66 (31 July 2015)

Care proceedings in respect of two children.

Full report: Bailii

FT, Re [2015] EWCOP 49 (29 July 2015)

Application for reconsideration of an order made by an authorised court officer appointing two of daughters of man suffering dementia as his deputies for property and affairs.

Full report: Bailii

Birch v Birch [2015] EWCA Civ 833 (31 July 2015)

Appeal by wife against determination that court did not have jurisdiction to vary undertaking attached to a consent order. Appeal dismissed.

Full report: Bailii
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Ilot v Mitson and the danger of Inheritance Act claims

The recent Family Division Court of Appeal case of Ilot v Mitson [2015] EWCA Civ 797 has caused a stir in the world of inheritance act claims.

Full article: Family Law

Malicious use of intimate images : the problem and some practical and legal remedies

Ariel Ricci, barrister at Coram Chambers, Julie Pinborough, Founder and Director of the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre and Frances Ridout, Deputy Director of the Queen Mary Legal Advice Centre consider the growing problem of “revenge pornography.

Full article: Family Law Week

Injuries to Infant with Bone Disorder: latest deliberations of the High Court

Zimran Samuel, barrister of 42 Bedford Row, comments on Mr Justice Peter Jackson’s recent judgment concerning an infant with vitamin D deficiency induced rickets who had suffered multiple fractures.

Full article: Family Law Week
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Contested adoption – Return of a child to parents

Re W (Adoption- Reunification) [2015] EWHC 2039 (Fam) (22 July 2015) is an extraordinary decision of Ms Justice Russell.

Full post: Pink Tape

Shoe-throwing and Interim Care Order

Re W-J (children) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Physical chastisement – Court of Appeal

Re L-K 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Syria, children and electronic tagging

Re X (children) and Y (children) (Emergency Protection Orders) 2015.

Full post: suesspiciousminds

Re D: Relieving the child from the maelstrom of his parents' destructive relationship

A brief note upon Re D (A Child) [2015] EWCA Civ 829, a father's appeal against an order refusing him contact with his six year old son.

Full post: Family Lore
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