Adoption: Sir Martin Narey’s Resignation as Chair of the Leadership Board

.@CoramBAAF@AdoptionUK@educationgovuk@IsabelleTrowler @FamilyFuturesUKI'm stepping back from adoption: — Sir Martin Narey (@martinnarey) November 17, 2015 A statement by Sir Martin Narey "About my stepping down from the ALB" // In 2010 as I prepared to retire from Barnardo’s, and contemplated all the things I might do in retirement, I was asked by The Times to... Continue Reading →

Social worker criticised for flawed Re B-S assessment in care proceedings

Social worker criticised for flawed Re B-S assessment in care proceedings There are too many closed minds! — Russ Martin (@iRussMartin) November 17, 2015 //   She also put too much emphasis on the report of a psychologist who did not know all of the evidence, rather than making her own assessment Read at... Continue Reading →

Opinion on the fall in placement orders 

The fall in placement orders is not a problem, but government rhetoric on adoption is?   Excellent piece on different forms of permanency for children. Adoption is not the only option. — Claire Fenton-Glynn (@CFentonGlynn) November 16, 2015   Andy Elvin argues that a rise in special guardianship is not as big a problem... Continue Reading →

Social work with refugees & asylum seekers

 Current practices, research and challenges  Sussex University are putting on what's set to be a really interesting FREE event with a range of excellent speakers. It's an open event and can also be accessed remotely. 7th of Dec 15 - an event on #socialwork with #refugees and #asylumseekers with @uniofbrighton. Hope to see u there!... Continue Reading →

NEW Young Parents Project

A Call for Evidence The Family Rights Group are circulating a call for evidence to try and identify the approaches which local authorities are taking to working with younger parents (many of whom are care experienced or care leavers themselves). Responses can be given verbally or via email (with as much or as little detail as those... Continue Reading →

Obtaining an expert report without court permission


A quirky case from the pen of Her Honour Judge Lazarus.  [We have previously seen Her Honour Judge Lazarus in the decision in the case about the foster carer who was abusive towards the mother who tape-recorded her, and in the s20 case where compensation of £40,000 was ordered, in both cases the Judge being very critical of the Local Authority.]

As a general principle, if you want an expert in family Court proceedings, you need to get the permission of the Court first. Showing an expert any documents before the Court has given you that permission is a contempt of Court and if you go by the back door and pay for a report without the Court’s permission, you may not be able to rely on it. So it would be  a waste of your money.

This particular case involved an expert called Dr Lowenstein, whose name rang a…

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