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May 29, 2020

A local authority has lost its appeal against a supervision order allowing a mother to continue looking after her two children.

The case involved a seven-year-old and three-year-old who were made subject to child protection plans. The seven-year-old had autistic spectru...

April 9, 2020

A judge made a mistake when he refused a placement order for the seven-month-old daughter of a “chaotic parents”.

That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving a couple whose lives were characterised by drug and alcohol abuse, domestic violence and me...

February 18, 2020

A local authority in England has been prevented from placing a boy in a children’s home in Scotland because the home could not be classed as a "suitable person".

The case involved a teenager who was made subject to a care order and placed in a residential home in Englan...

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...

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