Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 7

Rachel Cooper of Coram Chambers is joined this week by Joint Head of Coram Chambers, Mark Twomey QC/

Podcast: Family Law Week

Civil partnerships: First mixed-sex unions to take place

Thousands of heterosexual couples in England and Wales are expected to enter into civil partnerships later today.

Full story: BBC News

Domestic violence kills 15 times as many as terrorism in Britain

Police budgets to counter domestic assaults must be ringfenced, say campaigners.

Full story: The Guardian

Lady Hale: cuts causing 'serious difficulty' to justice system

Supreme court president says problems are particularly evident in family courts.

Full story: The Guardian

Thousands of children in care over 100 miles away from family

Report finds 13% increase in number of placements in England out of local area.

Full story: The Guardian

Sir Andrew McFarlane: View from The President’s Chambers, December 2019

The unremitting pressure of work in the Family Court.

Full story: Courts and Tribunals Judiciary

Legal aid statistics quarterly: July to September 2019

Activity in the legal aid system for England and Wales, including criminal and civil legal aid, family mediation, providers of legal aid, client characteristics and Central Funds payments.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Family's legal fight against hospital over brain injury baby

The father of a brain-damaged baby boy has urged a hospital not to "rush" a decision to end his life support.

Full story: BBC News

Child Maintenance Service statistics: data to September 2019

Quarterly experimental statistics on the Child Maintenance Service to September 2019.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Domestic abuse charity forced to add more staff and volunteers over festive season

A domestic abuse charity is being forced to bring in more staff and volunteers over the festive season to keep up with soaring helpline calls – with more than 600 call-ins predicted this Christmas.

Full story: Care Appointments

New care applications received by Cafcass fell 9 per cent in November

Cafcass received a total of 1,095 (involving 1,698 children) new care applications in November – 107 applications (8.9 per cent) fewer than in the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

New private law cases received by Cafcass in November about the same as a year ago

Cafcass received a total of 4,051 new private law cases (involving 5,253 children) in October – less than 1 per cent (or 34 cases) higher than the same month last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Social Work and Human Rights guides launched by BASW

Publications mark Human Rights Day on 10th December 2019.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family Court Statistics Quarterly: July to September 2019

Quarterly data on the volume of cases dealt with by family courts over time, with statistics also broken down for the main types of case involved.

Full story: Ministry of Justice