Life-support to be turned off for 'no smile' baby girl

A judge has ruled that medics can stop giving life-support treatment to a seriously ill baby unable to smile - despite social services bosses wanting the treatment to continue.

Full story: BBC News

Shortcomings in partnership between London councils leave victim of domestic abuse in limbo

Local authorities fail to ensure woman was safely housed.

Full story: Family Law Week

Guidance published on change of name on official documents

The Home Office has published new guidance on how applications are handled to change names on official documents.

Full story: Family Law Week

Father who backs 'harmful' alternative cancer medication should have baby taken into care, says judge

A baby boy whose father advocates the use of "harmful alternative medication" should be taken into council care, a family court judge has decided.

Full story: The Telegraph

Force family lawyers to offer fixed fees, consumer panel suggests

Family law specialists should be required to work under fixed fees, the Legal Services Consumer Panel has suggested as it ramped up its call for regulatory intervention to improve transparency in the market.

Full story: Legal Futures

LiP slapped with £100k costs bill for ‘farrago of nonsense’ application

Case highlights the difficulties encountered by the judiciary when dealing with the 'chaos' created by litigants in person.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Court of Appeal considers secure accommodation order for young woman of 17 years 8 months

Order was ‘justified, necessary and proportionate’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Government will press ahead with British Bill of Rights

Bill of Rights is a 'manifesto commitment'.

Full story: Family Law Week

Stop scapegoating social workers to better protect children, Shoesmith says

Former Haringey children’s services director says treatment by politicians and media after Baby P’s death has left social services hamstrung by ‘fear of failure’.

Full story: The Guardian

Draft guidance published on anonymisation of children judgments

A project funded by the Nuffield Foundation and supported by the Association of Lawyers for Children aims to develop draft guidance to assist judges in the anonymisation of children judgments in public law proceedings.

Full story: Family Law

15 councils put obese children on ‘at risk’ register or take them into care

FoI request reveals LA action in last two years.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court of Protection judge criticises firm for ‘brutal and insensitive’ comments

A north-west firm is considering appealing a Court of Protection ruling in which it was removed as a financial deputy in a case concerning deprivation of liberty and care arrangements.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Commons Local Government Committee calls for more help for care leavers

The House of Commons Communities and Local Government Committee has published a report following its inquiry into homelessness.

Full story: Family Law Week

Father's hopes for single parent surrogacy law change

A father who won a groundbreaking legal case on Britain's surrogacy laws has told the BBC he hopes he will soon be given the same rights as other parents.

Full story: BBC News

Man’s ‘aggressive’ emails to social worker play part in care order decision

The father’s emails, along with his failure to attend a final hearing and an assessment, led the judge to conclude he couldn’t meet his son’s needs.

Full story: Community Care

Council fined after confidential care files found in disused building

Hampshire council has been fined £100,000 after confidential files containing “highly sensitive” details of vulnerable adults and children were found in a disused building.

Full story: Community Care

Woman jailed for refusing to testify against her husband in domestic violence case

An alleged domestic violence victim has been jailed for two weeks after refusing to testify against her husband.

Full story: The Independent

Cafcass chief: Stemming care applications may require law change

Changes to legislation may be required in order to curb steep rises in the number of applications for children to be taken into care, the chief executive of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) has said.

Full story: Children & Young People Now