Immigration policy on assessing age of young asylum seekers found to be unlawful

A judgment from the Court of Appeal finds Home Office policy regarding young asylum seekers and age disputes to be unlawful. This was an appeal brought by a national of Eritrea. The appellant claimed that the Enforcement Instructions and Guidance, paragraph 55.9.3.1 (c), was unlawful on the basis that assessment of age based on physical... Continue Reading →

Court of Appeal Case – Post Adoption Contact

Here is a useful summary of a court of appeal case about post adoption contact, written by some of the lawyers involved. RE B (A Child) (Post-Adoption Contact) [2019] EWCA Civ 29: What is the Future for Post-Adoption Contact? This article, written by the solicitor and junior counsel for the appellants, considers the backdrop against... Continue Reading →

Child exploitation disruption toolkit | Home Office

This Guidance was first published by the Home Office on 15 April 2019. The toolkit aims to set out many of the tools useful for police and other safeguarding professionals to disrupt the sexual and criminal exploitation of children and young people, break the cycle of abuse and send a signal to perpetrators about the... Continue Reading →

Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship published

Source: Family Justice Council: Interim Guidance on Special Guardianship | Originally posted 24 May 2019 |News This interim guidance is issued by the Family Justice Council with the approval of the Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, in response to some of the issues identified in Re P-S (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1407. Its primary... Continue Reading →

Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) vacancies – various locations

Independent Reviewing Officer vacancies in Brighton, Scarborough, Harrogate and Thurrock Location Brighton (one post): Employer: Brighton & Hove City Council Reference: orbis/TP/489/1577 Published: Fri 10/05/2019, 10:00 AM Closing on: Thu 30/05/2019, 23:55 PM Working Pattern: Flexible Hours, Part Time Vacancy Hours: 15 hours per week. Salary: £48,433 - £53,105 pro rata for part-time hours DBS... Continue Reading →

New Ofsted research: good decisions for looked after children | Yvette Stanley

Posted by: Yvette Stanley, Ofsted's National Director for Social Care. First posted on: 21 May 2019. Source: Ofsted    Over the coming months, Ofsted will examine decision-making processes for looked after children - looking at what contributes to good decisions for children in care or on the edge of care, including decisions about where they... Continue Reading →

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