Contact ideas, refuges and shouting barristers

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March 29, 2018 0 comments

family law

A week (well, nearly) in family law Lord Justice McFarlane has put forward some interesting ideas regarding the issue of contact, both in relation to contact with adopted children by members of their natural family, and in relation to private law contact disputes between parents. In a speech to the NAGALRO annual conference he said…

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High Court Judge backs calls for rethink on adoption contact

March 26, 2018 7 comments

adoption

High Court Judge Lord Justice McFarlane has backed recent calls for a more flexible approach to contact with birth parents following adoption. Giving the keynote address at the annual conference of social work organisation Nagalro, the veteran judge referred in approving terms to a recent study commissioned by the British Association of Social Workers. The…

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Social media ‘could help social workers’

January 13, 2018 0 comments

family life

Social media posts could provide social workers with useful insights into troubled families, a serious case review has concluded. Such reviews are conducted by frontline agencies whenever a vulnerable child is killed or comes to serious harm. This one concerned the death of a two year-old boy. He had been killed by his mother’s partner…

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Daughter of drug addict to live with family member

November 21, 2017 0 comments

fostering and adoption

A toddler abandoned by her drug addict mother should live with a relative and her husband, the Family Court has ruled. The little girl was referred to as ‘X’ in court rulings. She had spent much of her life in foster care, until ‘Y’, an extended family member, took on her care under an interim…

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Number of child protection plans rocketing

November 7, 2017 1 comment

children in care

More than 51,000 children have now been made the subject of child protection plans, meaning social workers believe their safety or welfare is at risk. The total figure of 51,080 youngsters at the end of March represented an increase of no less than 770 over the 2016 total (50,310). The number of active protection plans…

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£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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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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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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