Expansion of joint children’s services company on the horizon

Windsor and Maidenhead planning to join Achieving for Children.

Full story: Family Law Week

Completed Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards applications rise 68 per cent

NHS Digital has published its findings from the Mental Capacity Act 2005, Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards (DoLS) data collection from 1 April 2015 to 31 March 2016.

Full story: Family Law

DWP publishes evaluation of help for separated families projects

Report looks at the progress of 17 services funded by the department and finds that they need to find ways to sustain their impact.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Helping families ‘open up about domestic violence needs to be a public health priority’

Helping children and families open up about experiencing domestic violence needs to be a public health priority, experts from the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) have warned.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court to hear Ilott Inheritance Act case in December

Charities' appeal against award to estranged daughter to be heard 12th December.

Full story: Family Law Hub

Judges to rule on tycoon's secrecy plea in court battle with ex-wife

Wealthy businessman says his identity should not feature in media reports due to safety concerns but Times editors disagree.

Full story: The Guardian

Ex-BBC actress cleared by High Court judge of abducting child in international custody battle

A former BBC actress has been cleared of abducting her child in an international custody battle.

Full story: The Telegraph

Family Drug and Alcohol Court’s ‘humane’ approach keeps more families together

New research has found that mothers reunited with their children after care proceedings in the Family Drug and Alcohol Court are more likely to stay off drugs and alcohol for longer, and their family life less likely to be disrupted when compared with cases heard in ordinary care proceedings.

Full story: Family Law

Solicitor removed from injured child case over conflict of interest

A court has arranged for a woman whose child suffered “shocking” injuries at home to be represented by a new law firm in family law proceedings after her previous solicitor was found to have a conflict of interest on both professional and personal grounds.

Full story: Legal Futures

FGM application reveals loophole in protection measures

Met Police urge Home Secretary to bar FGM practitioner from entering country.

Full story: Family Law Week

Victims of coercive control are focus of new police pilot

Research shows officers may not recognise patterns of controlling behaviour.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court directs solicitor to travel to Saudi Arabia to meet Amina Al-Jeffery in private

The solicitor representing Amina Al-Jeffery in High Court proceedings concerning her removal to Saudi Arabia from her home in Wales, is to visit Riyadh in order to take instructions in person from her client.

Full story: Family Law Week

Courts face “imminent crisis” with rise in care cases, warns top family judge

The family courts face “a clear and imminent crisis” as a result of the rapidly rising number of care cases, the President of the Family Division has warned.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Number of women convicted of domestic violence at record high

The number of women convicted of domestic violence has tripled in the last decade, new figures have shown.

Full story: The Independent

Foster care workers vote to form first ever trade union

A group of foster care workers have voted to form the first ever trade union for the profession.

Full story: BBC News

Joint Committee on Human Rights launches inquiry into human rights implications of Brexit

Inquiry will consider impact on privacy and family life.

Full story: Family Law Week

4,000 benefit sanctions applied to care leavers in last two years: The Children’s Society

Half of local authorities ‘fail to offer care leavers financial education’.

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MPs call for end to abusive men using courts against families

Government urged to review family court system which is ‘allowing men to re-traumatise women and children’.

Full story: The Guardian

Changes to legal aid Special Children Act applications

The Legal Aid Agency has made changes to applications under the Special Children Act and standard cost limits to improve processes in the Client and Cost Management System.

Full story: Family Law Week

Transforming our Justice System

Consultation and Statement seek to map out future for the court system.

Full story: Family Law Week

Smile: High Court judge uses emoji in official ruling

One High Court judge has gone to previously unheard-of lengths to make a judgment in a family court case comprehensible even for the children it affects.

Full story: The Telegraph

First children arbitration heard

The first arbitration held under the children arbitration scheme introduced in July 2016 has been determined.

Full story: Family Law Week

Mr Justice Moylan appointed as Lord Justice of Appeal

Mr Justice Moylan has been appointed as one of six new Court of Appeal judges.

Full story: Family Law

Munby calls for action on England-Scotland enforcement

The president of the Family Division has called for urgent action to fill gaps in the law relating to cross-border issues between England and Scotland.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Judge identifies high social worker turnover in 52 week care case

A judge has lamented the turnover of social workers and “wholly unacceptable” delays in a care case that saw adoption orders made for three children of learning disabled parents.

Full story: Community Care