Multiple failings, IRO and whistleblowing | Suesspiciousminds

Thank you to Sueesspiciousminds for his post of 10th December 2018 regards the matter of: A & B (care orders and placement orders – failures) [2018] EWFC 72 (30 November 2018) http://www.bailii.org/ew/cases/EWFC/HCJ/2018/72.html   The following extract is from Mr Justice Keehan's judgement: 50.I am appalled at the manner in which and the serial occasions on which the … Continue reading Multiple failings, IRO and whistleblowing | Suesspiciousminds

BT & GT (Children : twins – adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018)

In the matter of BT & GT (Children : twins - adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018), Mr Justice Keehan has awarded costs against a local authority for the "serious and serial basis" of failures towards two children. Keehan said the IROs in this matter had 'failed to take any steps to oversee and/or … Continue reading BT & GT (Children : twins – adoption) [2018] EWFC 76 (29 November 2018)

#EqualityMatters: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

The Women and Equalities Committee has held a session examining violence against women and girls from Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities. In particular, the Committee examined: The context in which abusive relationships may arise in GRT communities The barriers that GRT women face when trying to leave abusive situations The relationship between GRT communities … Continue reading #EqualityMatters: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

S (Recognising The Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)) [2018] EWFC 71 (08 November 2018)

This is a reported case from a Circuit Judge, so not binding, but very interesting.   Effectively the IRO backed a plan of adoption based in part on abysmal home conditions, but had not been told by the social worker of dramatic improvements. 17.   The IRO Handbook places a high burden on social workers to ensure … Continue reading S (Recognising The Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)) [2018] EWFC 71 (08 November 2018)

Keynote by Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane “Crisis; What Crisis?”

Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division recently Key Note Address: “Crisis; What Crisis?”Association of Lawyers for Children Conference 2018 23 November 2018. This conference is meeting at a time when an unprecedented number of applications are being made each month by local authorities for care or supervision orders in relation to children. … Continue reading Keynote by Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane “Crisis; What Crisis?”

Families must be diverted away from courts, Trowler report argues

The government must do more to divert families with ‘entrenched’ problems away from the courts, research by the chief children’s social worker has concluded. The ‘Case for clear blue water’ briefing by Isabelle Trowler found too many marginal cases involving children at risk of significant harm were entering the family justice system. The study argued … Continue reading Families must be diverted away from courts, Trowler report argues

The Untold, Fighting for My Niece | BBC radio 4

Please listen to this BBC Radio 4 piece. It concerns 38 year old entrepreneur Simon who is fighting to become his teenage niece's legal guardian after she was placed in care. Until last year, Simon was a highly successful businessman with a city lifestyle to match. Then his business went under - and with it … Continue reading The Untold, Fighting for My Niece | BBC radio 4

Siblings, Contact and the Law: An overlooked relationship? | Nuffield Foundation

This new report is the first legal study in England and Wales to focus on sibling relationships. It offers insights into current thinking about siblings and fills a knowledge gap. By identifying the impact of the shifting legal framework and practitioner and expert assumptions about siblings underpinning current legal decision-making, it addresses an overlooked issue. … Continue reading Siblings, Contact and the Law: An overlooked relationship? | Nuffield Foundation

Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water | Isabelle Trowler

This policy briefing highlights the findings from an exploratory study of care proceedings in 4 local authorities across England. The study found that the vast majority of decisions taken to initiate care proceedings were certainly reasonable but the question is whether or not they were always necessary. The study found that the difficulties facing families … Continue reading Care Proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water | Isabelle Trowler

Government to amend deprivation of liberty scheme to cover 16- and 17-year-olds

By Luke Haynes and Mithran Samuel The government will amend its planned replacement to the Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) so that it applies to 16- and 17-year-olds, not just those over 18, a minister has confirmed. Junior health minister Lord O’Shaughnessy pledged to amend the Mental Capacity (Amendment) Bill yesterday so that the proposed … Continue reading Government to amend deprivation of liberty scheme to cover 16- and 17-year-olds