September 12, 2019

Five children have been taken from their mother after she allowed the youngest child’s father to live in the house despite him having a history of violence.

The mother had four children from a previous relationship, and her youngest with her current partner. The local a...

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...

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...

February 12, 2019

The Court of Appeal has set aside a judge’s findings during care proceedings that a 7-year-old boy had been sexually assaulted by his father.

The court was told that the boy lived with his mother after his parents separated but had stayed in contact with his father. He...

January 24, 2019

A judge had left key questions unanswered in deciding to remove a 15-month-old boy from his mother. The evidence did not meet the exacting standard necessary for an adoption order.

That was the decision of the Court of Appeal in a case involving a mother suffering from...

November 20, 2018

The Court of Appeal has overturned a judge’s decision that a one-year-old child should be placed with a foster carer rather than his extended family abroad.

The child had dual British and Ghanaian nationality and heritage. His parents lived in England. His two siblings...

October 30, 2018

A 14-year-old boy described as mature beyond his years has been allowed to choose his own solicitor in care proceedings.

The boy, who can’t be named for legal reasons, is opposing a move by social workers to have him placed with foster carers. He says he wants to remain...

October 22, 2018

A mother has won her legal battle to discharge a care order for her eight-year-old son.

The court heard that the son had been placed with foster parents in 2016. His mother was awarded contact in 2017, but the foster parents were uncooperative.

The local authority argued...

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