Action and funding pledged on FGM and forced marriage

A new package of action and funding to protect millions of girls at home and abroad from female genital mutilation and forced marriage has been announced by the Prime Minister, International Development Secretary Justine Greening and Home Secretary Theresa May at the Girl Summit 2014.

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Law Commission commences mental capacity and detention project

The Law Commission is undertaking a project on mental capacity and detention with a view to publishing a report with recommendations for reform and a draft Bill in summer 2017.

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Child protection outsourcing plans 'dead in the water', claims Loughton

Controversial plans to allow councils to outsource child protection services are “dead in the water” following the departure of Michael Gove from the Department for Education, former children’s minister Tim Loughton has claimed.

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Research indicates that legal aid contributes to significant public savings

The Low Commission which earlier this year published its report on a future strategy for social welfare advice, in light of legal aid cuts, has now published a major follow up work on the economic value of social welfare advice.

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'Abducted' children returned to the UK

Two boys, who were kept in Russia by their father in breach of a family court order, have been returned to their mother in London.

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Faster court process cuts residential parenting assessments

Social workers are scaling back their use of residential parenting assessments due to Children and Families Act changes to the length of care proceedings, latest government research has found.

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Serious case reviews need reform, say academics

Inquiries into child deaths must be reformed so frontline practice can be improved to prevent further tragedies, a major study has concluded.

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Months on, almost 20% children’s social workers still not aware of Children and Families Act changes, report finds

A report conducted by the Victoria ClimbiƩ Foundation finds almost a fifth of children's social workers do not know about sweeping reforms to the adoption system.

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Ban B&Bs for young care leavers, say MPs

Young adults leaving the care system in England should be provided with regulated accommodation and not be placed in bed and breakfasts, say MPs.

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Guide to ‘Staying Put’ arrangements for fostered young people published

A new guide has been launched, explaining the implementation of the recently introduced 'Staying Put' arrangements which allow fostered young people in England to remain in their placements until age 21.

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Regulations to introduce legal aid residence test are unlawful and discriminatory

Lord Chancellor does not have legal power to introduce such a test.

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Cuts to legal aid force parents to defend themselves in family court cases

The number of parents forced to represent themselves before the family courts jumped by 20,000 last year following the withdrawal of legal aid for almost all family cases, official figures obtained by The Independent show.

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Turn children's centres into 'family hubs', says think-tank

Children’s centres should be scrapped and replaced with ‘family hubs’ that also offer advice on relationships support, according to the think-tank The Centre for Social Justice.

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Cafcass publishes annual report and accounts 2013-14

The Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have published their annual report and accounts for 2013-14.

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Senior judge criticises ‘highly defensive’ social work culture ahead of ITV documentary

In an interview with ITV Exposure, Justice Sir Mark Hedley claims social workers face an 'increased pressure' to intervene post Baby P.

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Bodey J considers test for ‘without prejudice’ meetings

Couple’s dinner to discuss marriage difficulties was a not a ‘without prejudice’ meeting.

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New legal test needed in ‘pet custody cases’

‘Best interests of the animal’ approach advocated.

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Bar Council reveals preliminary findings of its impact of LASPO survey

The Bar Council, which represents barristers in England and Wales, has today presented its preliminary findings from a major survey conducted to assess the impact of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act (LASPO) 2012.

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