£6 million for Family Drug and Alcohol Courts

October 21, 2017 0 comments

family life

Pioneering courts for families with dependency problems are to receive more than £6 million in new funding. Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) are designed to assist parents struggling with drinking problems or drug addictions, and work in a different way to regular courts. A single judge is allocated to each family as their case…

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Children statistics, divorce statistics and more

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October 20, 2017 1 comment

family law

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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“Disappointing” growth in children placed outside home areas

September 20, 2017 1 comment

children in care

A continuing rise in the number of children being sent to residential homes outside their home areas is “bitterly disappointing”, MPs have claimed. Recently published government statistics reveal that more than 4,000 youngsters had been placed in residential homes outside their local authority areas by the end of March last year: nearly 80 per cent…

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Social worker’s evidence “factually impoverished”

September 13, 2017 2 comments

family law

A family court judge has described the evidence given by a social worker as “some of the most factually impoverished and unhelpful” he has ever heard. The case before Judge Moradifar in the Family Court at Reading concerned two young children, aged 16 months and two months, who have been taken into care. The local…

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Migrant children suffering after years of spending cuts

August 21, 2017 2 comments

child refugees

Unaccompanied migrant children in the UK are struggling after years of harsh spending cuts the Children’s Society has warned. In a new report, the charity highlights the decision of the then-government to exclude migrant children from legal aid – only refugees who have applied for asylum are eligible. This has meant that children who enter…

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Controversial social worker scheme dropped

August 17, 2017 11 comments

children in care

Plans to increase collaboration between court guardians and social workers have been dropped following concerns that they may encourage collusion. The scheme was outlined in February by the Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS) and Cafcass, with the suggestion that it might speed up care proceedings and cut unnecessary court appearances, amidst concerns about…

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Council apologises for wrongfully taking a child into care

August 1, 2017 2 comments

children in care

Gloucestershire County Council has apologised following the wrongful removal of a baby from its parents. The case concerned a one year-old toddler who was taken from the care of the mother “wrongly and without prior notice”, on June 1 this year. The removal was in breach of a previously agreed care order specifying that if…

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