Charlie Gard’s parents lose their appeal

May 25, 2017 6 comments

family life

The parents of a chronically ill baby have lost their appeal against a ruling that doctors may cease treatment. Last month Mr Justice Francis ruled that medical staff at Great Ormond Street Hospital in London could legally stop providing life support to nine month-old Charlie Gard. His name – along with that of his parents…

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High Court Judge calls for fresh approach to adoption

March 10, 2017 9 comments

fostering and adoption

It may no longer be possible to create an “impermeable seal” around adoption, a High Court Judge has suggested. In a lecture given to the Family Justice Council yesterday, Appeal Court Judge Lord Justice McFarlane said the high rate of adoption in the UK, particularly amongst older children, combined with the pervasive nature of social…

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Medical treatment ‘not a deprivation of liberty’ Court rules

February 1, 2017 0 comments

human rights

Life-saving medical treatment cannot constitute a ‘deprivation of liberty’ the Court of Appeal has declared. The case concerned the death of a woman who had suffered from Down’s Syndrome and “severe” learning difficulties. She passed away in 2013 while in the intensive care department of Kings College Hospital, London. The disabled woman had been admitted…

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Personal attorney released from prison

December 6, 2016 0 comments

powers of attorney

The Court of Protection has ordered the release of a personal attorney from prison. Devon County Council v Kirk concerned her appeal against a six month sentence for contempt of court. She had been appointed joint personal attorney for ‘MM’, an elderly gentleman in his 80s who had developed dementia, taking on responsibility for both…

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Child who ran in front of a car to remain in care

November 14, 2016 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A mother who lost her daughter to the care system because she was thought to have lost control of the child has failed in a bid to overturn the ruling. In Re S (Children), social workers had grown concerned about the welfare of the girl, the middle child of three, who showed anger and aggression…

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