Another data breach, a missing child and more

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January 19, 2018 0 comments

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A week in family law The week began with news of yet another local authority data breach relating to children in care. This time it was the turn of Leicester City Council, which accidentally emailed a spreadsheet containing details of “hundreds, potentially thousands” of vulnerable people, including children, to 27 taxi firms. The Council sent…

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A personal review of the year, part 3

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December 22, 2017 1 comment

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This concludes my personal review of 2017. (The first two parts, covering January to August, can be found here and here). September: disruptive In a sign both of the times and of the enormous responsibilities placed upon our family courts, a headline in The Telegraph on the 7 September read: “Returning jihadis will end up…

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FGM, children cases, statistics and more

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December 15, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Statistics regarding the incidence of Female Genital Mutilation (FGM) in England, for the period from July to September 2017, have been published by the NHS. During that period there were 1,760 individual women and girls who had an attendance where FGM was identified or a procedure for FGM was undertaken….

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Cafcass proposes new parental alienation measures

November 20, 2017 14 comments

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The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has proposed new measures to deal with the issue of parental alienation. Following a divorce or separation, if one parent deliberately tries to prevent their children from seeing or establishing a relationship with the other, this is parental alienation. It usually occurs after an acrimonious…

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Care cases, an international divorce, and more

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November 17, 2017 0 comments

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A week in family law A local authority involved in a child guardianship case can be identified, a judge has ordered. In the case none of the parties involved were originally identified, but the child’s grandmother, in favour of whom Circuit Judge Stephen Wildblood QC had made a special guardianship order, wanted to make a…

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Domestic abuse may overshadow other risks to children

November 15, 2017 2 comments

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Domestic violence in the home may overshadow other serious risks to children a new Cafcass report suggests. The court service examined the details of 97 serious case reviews. These are conducted following the death of vulnerable children or when such youngsters experience serious harm. The researchers found that having parents prone to outbursts of domestic…

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Surge in private family disputes

November 13, 2017 7 comments

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The number of family disputes involving children referred to the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) jumped by 16 per cent last month, when compared to 2016. The total of 3,916 referrals is the highest number of referrals in a single month since October 2013. Cafcass received 40,571 referrals regarding private disputes…

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Children statistics, divorce statistics and more

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October 20, 2017 1 comment

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A week in family law Cafcass has published its latest figures for care applications and private law demand, for September 2017, and the news was once again mixed. In that month the service received a total of 1,109 care applications, which is a significant 10% decrease compared with those received in September 2016, giving further…

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