Senior Judge highlights evidence-based reasoning

April 16, 2018 2 comments

family law

The Senior President of Tribunals stressed the importance of evidence-based reasoning in a speech earlier this month. In a talk entitled The Role of the Justice System in Decision-making for Children, Sir Ernest Ryder said “Since the publication of the Family Justice Review in 2011, the family justice system has been undergoing a systematic programme…

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Care system linked to crime

October 23, 2017 5 comments

family life

Children who are exposed to the care system at a young age are more likely to become involved in crime as teenagers, government research has found. A new analysis by the Ministry of Justice cross-references youngsters who were the subject of welfare interventions by social workers while young with those whose names later ended up…

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Siblings to stay with troubled Mum and Dad

September 27, 2017 0 comments

family life

A young brother and sister should remain with their parents despite the latter’s struggles with alcohol, a family court judge has ruled. The siblings in question are aged six and four. Social workers from Kent County Council had become increasingly concerned by the parents’ drinking and mental health problems. The father was also reportedly  prone…

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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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Surge in reports of child neglect

August 24, 2017 2 comments

family life

There has been a huge, 61 per cent increase in reports of child neglect over the past five years, a charity has claimed. The National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC) received just under 19,500 calls over the last 12 months it reports – and the majority of these were serious enough…

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140,000 children face abuse or neglect risk

August 14, 2017 4 comments

family law

As many as 140,000 children could miss out on support after being abused or neglected as a result of cuts to local authorities. Many councils now do not have the financial resources to intervene every time they receive reports of vulnerable children from teachers, police or doctors, according to recently published figures. Charity Action for…

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Longer sentences on the cards for abusive parents

June 13, 2017 2 comments

family life

Longer sentences may be imposed on abusive parents in new sentencing proposals. The Sentencing Council is an independent organisation established to promote greater consistency in the penalties imposed by English and Welsh courts. In new draft guidelines for cases involving child cruelty, it reviews the applicable penalties and suggests that attempts by perpetrators to blame…

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