New standards unveiled for children and family social workers

Isabelle Trowler, the Chief Social Worker for Children and Families, has announced a new set of standards for senior social work supervisors and leaders of child and family social workers.

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Social worker's report may as well have been in foreign language, Judge says

A judge has expressed fury over the lack of plain English in a report by a social worker in a family court case - warning that the failings are more than 'linguistic pedantry'.

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British Association for Adoption and Fostering (BAAF) closes with immediate effect

The British Association for Adoption and Fostering has announced that it has closed and that some of its functions have transferred to children's charity and adoption and fostering agency, Coram, and to a new entity, CoramBAAF Adoption & Fostering Academy.

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Adopted boy taken off white couple to grow up with black aunt he had never met

Judge removed child from white parents to grow up with black aunt he had never met.

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Families travelling to join Isis should be allowed to keep custody of their children, says judge

Families suspected of attempting to travel overseas to join Isis should be allowed to keep custody of their children – as long as the parents wear electronic tags, a High Court judge has ruled.

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Social workers criticised for ‘reprehensible’ behaviour in adoption case

A High Court judge criticised social workers and Brighton and Hove Council accused them of making claims they "weren't qualified to make".

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Greece joins EU law of applicable law on divorce

Today, 29 July 2015, Greece becomes the 16th EU country to incorporate European legislation known as the Rome III Regulation into its own domestic law.

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Mr Justice Cobb appointed as Family Division Liaison Judge for the North Eastern Circuit

The President of the Family Division, in consultation with the Lord Chancellor, has appointed Mr Justice Cobb as Family Division Liaison Judge for the North Eastern Circuit.

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Regulators report no evidence for Bar’s attack on family law solicitor-advocates

Barristers’ call for a review of the standards of solicitor-advocates’ work in family cases has been received coolly by regulators, who have told Legal Futures they have seen no evidence of the kinds of problems that would justify an investigation.

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Ilot v Mitson ruling means will disputes could rise

Court of Appeal case clarifies rules on reasonable provisions for adult children in Ilot v Mitson [2015] EWCA Civ 797.

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Heiress repaid £3m she gave husband after he cut children out of will

A rich heiress is to be re-paid more than £3m she gave her husband when their marriage collapsed after she discovered he had left nothing to their children following his suicide.

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Policy of council on retaining child protection records was lawful: High Court

A High Court judge has ruled that it was lawful for a local authority to have a policy of retaining child protection records for a period of 35 years after a case has been closed.

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North south divide in how divorces are heard forces wives to seek justice in London

An unofficial north-south divide in how divorces are arranged is driving growing numbers of wives to have their cases heard in London in the hope of obtaining more favourable settlements.

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Judge bans father taking daughters to Nigeria for female genital mutilation

Court issues protection order preventing three sisters, aged six to 12, from being taken out of UK after mother testifies she has ‘never recovered’ from FGM herself.

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Nearly a thousand children in care repeatedly forced to move school

The Centre for Social Justice collects data from 124 local authorities.

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Wife who made £2m home into 'fortress' after divorce is told to 'move on' by judge

A wife who turned her £2 million home into a “fortress” after her husband divorced her has been ordered to “move on” by an Appeal Court judge.

Full story: Evening Standard

Voice of the Child conference

Family Justice Minister Caroline Dinenage today addressed the third annual Family Justice and Young People’s Board Voice of the Child conference.

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