Council kept boy, 9, in care for whole of his life, judge reveals

Herefordshire council used section 20 orders to keep children in care without seeking court approval.

Full story: The Guardian

Children and Social Work Act 2017 (Commencement No 3) Regulations 2018

‘Corporate parenting principles’ brought into force from 1 April 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

Review of children in need launched

DfE seeks to understand what works in practice to improve their outcomes.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children living with parents in emotional distress: 2010 to 2016

Public Health England publishes updated data.

Full story: Family Law Week

Care applications received by Cafcass in February 4% up on a year ago

Second highest monthly total for a February on record.

Full story: Family Law Week

New private law cases received by Cafcass in February 2018 5% down on a year ago

3,154 new private law cases in the month.

Full story: Family Law Week

Millionaire jailed for contempt of court over divorce deal

Property developer, 83, given 14-month sentence for refusing to obey company handover order.

Full story: The Guardian

Consultation on regs to allow a single person to apply for a parental order following a surrogacy arrangement

Consultation closes on 20 April 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

Family court secrecy lets judges get away with mistakes, senior judge says

Secrecy in family courts could be allowing judges to get away with mistakes, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has said.

Full story: The Telegraph

Government will legislate to replace Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards

Ministers broadly accept Liberty Protection Safeguards system proposed by Law Commission and pledge to legislate when parliamentary time allows.

Full story: Community Care

Sexual relationship not necessary for a valid marriage, says Munby

Sexual relations are not required for a marriage to be valid for the purposes of parental orders in surrogacy cases, the president of the family division has said, before granting an order to a couple where one of the partners is gay.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Judge orders husband in bitter divorce case to stop emailing wife’s solicitor

A High Court judge has issued a restraining order to stop a man in a long-running divorce case from contacting his former wife’s solicitor on her private email address.

Full story: Legal Futures

Practice Guidance: Case Management and Mediation of International Child Abduction Proceedings

Fresh guidance issued by The President, 13 March 2018, covering procedure, case management and mediation in international child abduction cases.

Full story: Family Law Hub

New batch of Standard Family Orders out for consultation

Comments on 74 orders covering children and other non-financial matters required by 18th April.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Government launches post-implementation review of LASPO

Findings will be published later this year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Home Affairs Select Committee announces domestic abuse inquiry

In advance of the Government's promised draft Bill on domestic violence and abuse, and in parallel with the Government's announced consultation, the Home Affairs Committee is seeking evidence on what measures and reforms are needed to address 'one of the most damaging and prevalent crimes'.

Full story: Family Law Week

Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill: 3rd reading 13 March 2018

The Secure Tenancies (Victims of Domestic Abuse) Bill is due to receive its third reading in the House of Lords on 13 March and the second reading debate in the Commons is scheduled for 19 March 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

House of Commons to debate foster care

Debate scheduled for 14 March 2018.

Full story: Family Law Week

National action required to support children and young people’s mental health needs

Local services must work together, says CQC.

Full story: Family Law Week

Domestic abuse survivors can now vote anonymously

The Houses of Parliament have passed Government proposals for changes to anonymous voter registration.

Full story: Family Law

Government takes action to tackle domestic abuse

The government has launched a consultation on domestic abuse, seeking new laws and stronger powers to protect and support survivors.

Full story: Home Office and Ministry of Justice

Child Support Agency quarterly summary of statistics: December 2017

Statistics from the Child Support Agency on the 1993 and 2003 statutory child maintenance schemes.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Child Support Agency case closures: June 2014 to December 2017

Quarterly experimental statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency (CSA) case closure programme from June 2014 to December 2017.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Domestic abuse still under-reported in England, says Women's Aid

The charity says its figures underline the need for continued support of refuges.

Full story: The Guardian