Jan 17, 2022
Legal challenges over age assessments for unaccompanied asylum seeking children and incorrect Home Office decisions “placing additional pressure on children’s services departments”: ADCS
Local authorities are “picking up the pieces” where decisions made by the Home Office on the age of unaccompanied asylum seekers are incorrect, the President of the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) has warned.
Jan 13, 2022
City of Bradford Council has made a payment put in five figures to settle a claim by a couple who were deprived of a child they wished to adopt.
Dec 30, 2021
CoramBAAF urges councils to check their procedures comply with Adoption Agencies Regulations 2005 in light of Somerset ruling
CoramBAAF, the independent membership organisation for professionals, foster carers and adopters, has called on all local authorities to check that their procedures comply with the detail of the Adoption Agencies Regulations (AAR) 2005 to avoid potential similar difficulties to those faced by Somerset County Council and highlighted by a recent High Court judgment.
Dec 29, 2021
The average time for a care or supervision case to reach first disposal was 45 weeks in July to September 2021, up four weeks from the same quarter in 2020 and one week compared to April to June 2021, according to the latest Ministry of Justice data.
Dec 21, 2021
The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued guidance on e-bundles for use in the Family Court and Family Division.
Dec 20, 2021
The Supreme Court has refused a mother permission to appeal after her application to revoke an adoption order was rejected despite an acknowledged procedural irregularity at an earlier hearing.
Dec 16, 2021
High Court judge refuses to "apply a rubber stamp" to authorise deprivation of liberty of child in hospital
A High Court judge has refused to give “a spurious veneer of lawfulness” to the detention of a child in hospital by making a deprivation of liberty safeguards (DOLS) order.
Dec 16, 2021
The Administrative Court has rejected a claim that the Royal Borough of Greenwich should reassess the age of asylum seeker G, after disentangling evidence about the education system in Angola.
Dec 15, 2021
A specialist in children law and a specialist in inquests and public inquiries have been appointed Justices of the High Court.
Dec 13, 2021
High Court can still authorise deprivation of liberty of child in unregistered home in "imperative conditions of necessity": Court of Appeal
The statutory scheme established by Section 22C of the Children Act 1989 does not allow unregistered placements, but does not expressly prohibit them, and in cases where conditions of imperative necessity require a child to be placed in such a setting, common law steps in and allows the High Court to exercise its inherent jurisdiction to authorise a deprivation of liberty, the Court of Appeal has…
Dec 08, 2021
The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has appointed senior members of the judiciary and government officials alongside legal professionals and media representatives to his proposed Transparency Implementation Group (TIG).
Dec 08, 2021
Child law practitioner Chris Stevenson, formerly of Fourteen, has joined 4PB with immediate effect.