November 25, 2019

The Supreme Court has ruled that a local authority was not to blame for the abuse and harassment suffered by two children, even though they housed them next-door to a family known for anti-social behaviour.

The children and their mother were housed by Poole Borough Coun...

November 13, 2019

A ruling that a baby’s injuries including fractured ribs were sustained by accident as she slept with her mother has been overturned in the Court of Appeal.

The case involved a baby who was born by emergency caesarean. The procedure left the mother suffering post-operat...

October 30, 2019

A mother has successfully challenged a decision to place her baby up for adoption, because the judge dealing with the case didn’t take the necessary time and care.

The case involved a mother who gave birth to her baby at the age of 16. The local authority accommodated t...

August 27, 2019

The government has launched a review on how the family courts protect children and parents in cases of domestic abuse and other serious offences.

The three-month project aims to ensure that the family court works first and foremost in the explicit interests of the child...

May 29, 2019

A father has been told that he cannot reopen an adoption case involving his daughter. The court ruled that further delays could be detrimental to the girl’s well-being.

The issue arose after the local authority applied for care and placement for adoption orders in respe...

March 27, 2019

A mother has won her appeal against a court ruling that she had failed to protect her children from non-accidental injuries inflicted by her partner

The Court of Appeal heard that the mother had a four-year old daughter from a previous relationship and twins with her ne...

February 27, 2019

The High Court has outlined the issues to be considered when deciding whether a teenage father should be told that he has a child if the mother doesn’t want him to know.

The case involved a mother who had become pregnant at 13 but was unaware of her pregnancy until her...

February 19, 2019

Deciding whether children should be taken from their parents for their own safety is one of the most difficult and heart-breaking decisions courts ever have to make.

It’s an ever-growing problem with the number of children in care at a record 72,670, according to the la...

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