Judge ‘unable to approve’ care plans

September 7, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

Plans for the adoption and fostering of a large family of neglected children need more work, a family court judge has concluded. The four siblings aged ten, four, three and two, were taken into care in December last year. A fifth sibling was born to the same mother in March and taken away by social…

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Government takes over Croydon children’s services

September 6, 2017 1 comment

family law

The government has assumed control of the children’s services at the London Borough of Croydon after inspections revealed “widespread and serious” failures. The council’s social workers had not adequately followed the guidelines for dealing with children at risk of abuse and those who had run away from home, according to Ofsted. Inspectors also reported that…

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Surrogate baby remains in legal limbo

September 5, 2017 1 comment

family law

The parental status of a baby boy born to a surrogate mother must remain unresolved because his biological mother has separated from his father,  the High Court has ruled. The baby, ‘A’, was born in the UK earlier this year via a ‘gestational surrogacy arrangement’ –i.e. an agreement in which an embryo is created from…

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North Lincolnshire Council is ‘outstanding’ says Ofsted

September 5, 2017 1 comment

social workers

North Lincolnshire Council in Scunthorpe has been judged ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted – one of only three authorities to receive the inspectorate’s highest accolade. Every aspect of the work undertaken by children’s services department received the top rating except its work with youngsters “who need help and protection”, which was only deemed “good”. Ofsted inspectors were…

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Zambian man divorces wife who ‘hid’ HIV status

September 4, 2017 0 comments

divorce

A Zambian man has divorced his wife after discovering she had contracted HIV. The 46 year-old, from Kitwe in central Zambia, told magistrates at his local court that he wanted to divorce her on the grounds of infidelity. He explained that his wife of 21 years had one day asked him to take an HIV…

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Behaviour and the limits of court power

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September 4, 2017 7 comments

family life

I wanted to expand upon something that I have mentioned in a couple of posts here recently, something with which some have taken exception. I have said that the courts can’t force parties to behave in a reasonable fashion. This is something that relates to all types of family proceedings, but is I think particularly…

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Domestic abuse survivors: anonymous voter registration plans

September 4, 2017 1 comment

family law

The government has announced plans to make it easier for survivors of domestic abuse to register to vote anonymously. Under current law, victims who apply for such anonymity must provide a court order or have the support of a ‘senior independent witness’ such as police superintendent. However ministers believe that these strict requirements could have…

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Council fined for domestic violence victim’s accommodation

September 4, 2017 1 comment

family law

A London council has been fined £3,000 after leaving a domestic violence victim in “unsuitable” accommodation for two years. The Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman (LGO) found that the London Borough of Lambeth had delayed assigning the woman a case worker. Having fled from her home with her autistic child, the mother had resorted…

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