Munby lambasts council over "profoundly concerning" adoption case

The president of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has made scathing criticisms of Brighton & Hove City Council’s conduct in a complex adoption case.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Baby removed from parents over 'abuse' is found to have rare bruising condition

A baby who was removed from her parents when they were accused of abusing her has a rare condition which causes "easy bruising".

Full story: ITV News

Exclusive: Family Law Café goes live with lawyer ‘mentors’ to help clients navigate their cases

A novel online family law service that uses experienced lawyers to mentor and manage clients through the legal process has gone live.

Full story: Legal Futures

Charlie Gard case: Ministers rule out intervening in court decision

Ministers have ruled out intervening in the case of a sick baby after a High Court judge ruled doctors could withdraw his life support.

Full story: BBC News

Online divorce prototype proving 'extremely successful'

Prototype has been in operation since January 2017.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Mrs Owens takes divorce refusal to Supreme Court

Petitioner’s silk hopes justices find workable solution that reflects modern thinking.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Government to investigate how foster care can be improved

The Department for Education has launched a stocktake and consultation on current foster care provision and how it can be improved.

Full story: Community Care

Three in five people think that civil partnerships should be available to all

Populus survey suggests popular support for extension of civil partnership.

Full story: Family Law Week

Prisons and Courts Bill dropped

The Prisons and Courts Bill was today dropped ahead of the dissolution of Parliament as MPs prepare for June’s general election.

Full story: Legal Futures

Judge criticises council’s failure to support ‘intimidated’ social worker

Inexperienced practitioner exaggerated threat posed to his own family by father he was working with, court hears.

Full story: Community Care

Paid McKenzie Friends “play on uncertainty and victimhood” of separating fathers

‘Professional’ paid McKenzie Friends associated with fathers’ rights groups play on their “uncertainty and sense of victimhood” to attract business, academic research has found, saying that there needed to be a code of conduct and a greater role for law school clinics in their place.

Full story: Legal Futures

Child abuse victims 'let down by system' children's commissioner claims

Children who are the victims of child abuse are being let down by the system, with professionals often failing to pick up signs of abuse, England's children's commissioner has said.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Online divorce service goes to pilot

East Midlands court provides testing ground for new service from HMCTS.

Full story: UKAuthority

Welsh schoolgirl taken to Saudi against her will had warned school, charity says

MP says lessons should be learned from case of woman taken from Wales to Saudi Arabia and allegedly held prisoner by her father.

Full story: The Guardian

Child Support Agency case closures: June 2014 to December 2016

Quarterly experimental statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency (CSA) case closure programme from June 2014 to December 2016.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

High degree of variation in adoption decision-making across country

Number of approved adopters has almost halved in last three years.

Full story: Family Law Week

Pinball kids: report highlights difficulties for children ‘bouncing around’ the care system

One in ten children in care experience two or more changes in placement.

Full story: Family Law Week

Joint targeted area inspections announced to protect children at risk of neglect

New framework and guidance published.

Full story: Family Law Week

Concerns over major drop in adopter recruitment

More needs to be done to attract suitable adoptive parents for children with complex needs amid a sharp drop in recruitment, an influential body set up by the government to drive through adoption reform has warned.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Care applications in March 2017

In March 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1288 care applications.  This figure represents a 4.3% increase compared with those received in March 2016.

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Cafcass private law demand

In March 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,907 new private law cases. This is a 16% increase on March 2016 levels.

Full story: Cafcass