The costs of unreasonable conduct in children cases

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October 18, 2017 1 comment

finances and divorce

The general rule on costs in English law is that the loser should pay the winner’s costs (lawyers refer to this rule as ‘costs follow the event’). However, that rule does not usually apply to family proceedings, in particular proceedings relating to children, because it is not considered appropriate to discourage family litigants from going…

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Social workers are ‘firefighting’ serious cases

October 16, 2017 0 comments

family law

Social workers are overwhelmed and struggling to meet demand for their services, a high profile academic has claimed. Professor Ray Jones is Emeritus Professor of Social Work at Kingston University. Speaking at a social care conference in Bournemouth, he claimed: “What I am hearing from social workers is that they are having to spend most…

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Courts deal with invisible children

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October 11, 2017 2 comments

fostering and adoption

I’m not a great fan of live-tweeting from legal events, but a tweet on Monday from the Nagalro October 2017 Conference struck a chord with me. For those who don’t know, Nagalro is, as its website tells us, “a professional association for social work practitioners who work in the children and families field and represent…

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Think tank calls on government to take another look at cyberbullying

October 5, 2017 0 comments

family life

The government should revive its previous efforts to tackle cyberbullying through “character education”, a think tank has claimed. Former Education Secretary Nicky Morgan oversaw a previous initiative intended to encourage schoolchildren to improve their character and behave better while online. Theresa May’s administration should now revisit the plans, political think thank Demos has claimed, providing…

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PD12J: When the facts don’t fit the narrative

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October 2, 2017 5 comments

family law, media, news

“Never let the truth get in the way of a good story.” ― Mark Twain It is, I suppose, unarguable that “New guidance on child contact says courts must not allow abusive parents to have contact with their children” makes a rather more eye-catching headline than “New guidance on child contact in cases where abuse…

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Spotlight thrown on language development in children

September 28, 2017 0 comments

family law

More attention should be paid to how well young children acquire language, a charity has claimed. Language acquisition is a vital indication of a child’s overall wellbeing according to the Early Intervention Foundation – of similar importance to timely vaccinations and the avoidance of obesity. Trouble learning to speak is linked, they say, to significant…

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