Birmingham City Council's children's services to be run by a trust

Birmingham's children's services will be run by a trust after years of failings which saw the department branded "a national disgrace".

Full story: BBC News

Father bugs daughter's clothes in court battle over who she lives with

Listening devices sewn into schoolgirl’s blazer and coat to record talks with social worker, family court ruling reveals.

Full story: The Guardian

MoJ opens consultation on appeals to the Court of Appeal and proposed CPR amendments

The Ministry of Justice (MoJ) has opened a consultation on appeals to the Court of Appeal, plus proposed amendments to the Civil Procedure Rules (CPR) and the associated Practice Directions.

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Children in care: Call to cut prosecutions for minor offences

Children in care should not be prosecuted for minor offences, a report looking at their over-representation in the criminal justice says.

Full story: BBC News

Proposals to be brought forward for a British Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights ‘would restore common sense’ to human rights applications.

Full story: Family Law Week

President declares that UK law should give single parents through surrogacy the same rights as couples

Sir James Munby, the President of the High Court Family Division, has made a formal declaration that UK law discriminates against single parents with children born through surrogacy and is incompatible with their human rights.

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Public Guardian practice note: Family care payments

The Office of the Public Guardian has published a practice note on family care payments, also known as gratuitous care payments.

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Guidance: Liaison between Courts in England and Wales and British Embassies and High Commissions Abroad

This guidance note describes procedures which are to be followed when a court in England and Wales exercising family jurisdiction seeks to invoke diplomatic assistance.

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Adoption law reform aims to speed up placements

A shake-up of adoption rules in England aims to move more children more quickly from the care system to family life.

Full story: BBC News

Parents 'devastated' as court says doctors should not 'artificially prolong' boy's life

Judge rules against wishes of parents of two-year-old with neurological disorder, saying NHS can provide only palliative care.

Full story: The Guardian

Council to pay £17,500 damages to 14 year old for human rights breaches

A High Court judge has ordered a county council to pay £17,500 in damages to a 14-year-old girl in care for breaches of her human rights.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Police treatment of domestic abuse victims to be investigated

Theresa May says too many victims being let down by ‘shameful attitudes’ of some officers and orders major inquiry.

Full story: The Guardian

‘Private matter’ boy shared with social worker should be withheld from parents, judge rules

Court finds sharing "very private" information against wishes of boy involved in care proceedings could damage his trust in professionals.

Full story: Community Care

Evidence obtained illegally in family and civil proceedings

Bar Council issues revised advice.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children in care 'let down for too long', says David Cameron

The government is to pass new laws to encourage adoption in a bid to improve the chances of children in social care in England, David Cameron has said.

Full story: BBC News

Home Office issues updated FGM resource pack

The Home Office and Karen Bradley MP have issued an updated female genital mutilation (FGM) resource pack containing guidance, case studies and support materials for local authorities, professional services and specialist voluntary organisations.

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Failure to challenge independent social worker report key error in case where dad beat daughter to death

Serious case review finds social workers and children's guardian put too much weight on court-ordered independent social worker report and felt daunted by court proceedings.

Full story: Community Care

Cafcass private law demand

In April 2016, Cafcass received a total of 3,557 new private law cases.  This is a 24% increase on April 2015 levels.

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Care applications in April 2016

In April 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,221 care applications.  This figure represents a 28% increase compared to those received in April 2015.

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