Councils struggling to cope with surge in child protection referrals

Government urged to act on domestic violence reforms promised in Queen’s speech.

Full story: The Guardian

Dispensing with Independent Reviewing Officers would put vulnerable children at risk

Nagalro objects to proposal in foster care review.

Full story: Family Law Week

Guidance to family courts: payment for intermediaries and intermediary assessments

Internal staff guidance has been published by the Ministry of Justice setting out out how certain court-ordered measures including intermediaries and intermediary assessments may be paid for in family cases.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court ruling highlights complexities in family 'abduction' cases

The Supreme Court has highlighted the complex nature of issues that lower courts have to grapple with in relation to family cases involving the Hague Convention on civil aspects of international child abduction.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Rise in caseloads for children's social workers

The average number of cases children's social workers deal with at any one time has risen to nearly 18, government statistics suggest.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Divorcing couples may clash over Bitcoin

Divorcing couples are being warned to disclose all their assets amid fears that some may use digital currencies such as Bitcoin to hide their wealth.

Full story: BBC News

Public law cases received by Cafcass in January up 3% on a year ago

Highest monthly total for a January on record.

Full story: Family Law Week

New private law cases received by Cafcass in January up 11% on a year ago

3,590 new cases received.

Full story: Family Law Week

Nuffield Foundation set outs plans to establish a Family Justice Observatory

12-month development phase will begin in March.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court to hear s.20 Children Act accommodation case this week

The Supreme Court will this week consider the lawfulness of a London borough’s accommodation under s.20 of the Children Act 1989 of eight children who had been taken into police protection.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Court of Protection: SRA regulation allows for immediate approval of trust corporations

Trust corporations wanting to act as property and affairs deputies for incapacitated people must be regulated by the Solicitors Regulation Authority to gain immediate approval, the Court of Protection has ruled.

Full story: Legal Futures

Parental alcohol abuse linked to child deaths and injuries

One in three child deaths or serious injuries from neglect or abuse linked to alcohol misuse.

Full story: The Guardian

Supreme Court to decide whether ‘anticipatory retention’ is recognised under the 1980 Hague Convention

Judgment in appeal against C (Children) [2017] EWCA Civ 980 to be given on 14 February 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

Countries where a parent can enforce child maintenance decisions: list updated

Briefing paper published on reciprocal enforcement of maintenance orders.

Full story: Family Law Week

Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018

The Adoption and Care Planning (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2018, which come into force on 5 March 2018, make provision for the disclosure of certain information by an adoption agency to another adoption agency.

Full story: Family Law Week

Human Rights Committee launches inquiry into reform of Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Written submissions sought from interested parties.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government asks Law Commission to look at trolling laws

Report due on online harassment and cyber bullying by October 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

CCLC report calls for effective access to justice for all children

A Coram Children’s Legal Centre report has found that the narrowing in scope of provision of legal aid by LASPO has resulted in thousands of children being left without access to free legal advice and representation each year.

Full story: Family Law

Foster care in England report published

Sir Martin Narey and Mark Owers's independent review of the fostering system in England with recommendations to the government about improving foster care.

Full story: Department for Education

FGM can remain unreported for 25 years, data analysis reveals

More than two thirds of all newly recorded cases of FGM reported – 70 per cent - are of women aged 35 or younger, new analysis by the National FGM Centre reveals today (February 6).

Full story: Barnardo’s