Councils failing to protect at-risk children, says Ofsted

More than a quarter judged ‘inadequate’ by social care report, and child protection system has too much mediocre provision.

Full story: The Guardian

Courts 'costs rule' sets precedent for family disputes over Wills

The High Court has handed down a costs judgement for in excess of £65,000 in the case Elliott v Simmonds [2016] EWHC 962 (Ch), setting a precedent that the courts will make costs orders against claimants who pursue weak Will challenges, act obstructively, cause delay and increase costs without incurring costs themselves.

Full story: Family Law

Sharia councils inquiry launched

The Home Affairs Committee is launching an inquiry into Sharia councils operating in the UK.

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EU referendum result - statement from Resolution Chair

Statement of Resolution Chair Nigel Shepherd following the EU referendum result.

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18 EU countries agree to clarify rules on property regimes for international couples

On 9 June 18 member states (not including the UK) of the EU reached a general approach on two regulations aimed at determining the rules applicable to property regimes for married couples or registered partners in cross-border situations.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge allows man to 'die with dignity' despite objections

The High Court has allowed a hospital to withhold resuscitation treatment for a dying patient with advanced dementia.

Full story: BBC News

Child cruelty offences in England highest in a decade

Rise of 75% in offences recorded by police in last ten years.

Full story: Family Law Week

High court refuses to publish Ben Butler judgment from 2014

Judge denies media application, saying releasing document could prejudice any retrial of man who murdered Ellie Butler.

Full story: The Guardian

Supreme Court strikes out appeal in Re D (A Child)

The Supreme Court has handed down its judgment in Re D (A Child) [2016] UKSC 34, striking out the appeal on the ground that it does not have jurisdiction to hear the appeal.

Full story: Family Law

Ellie Butler judge 'took unwarranted steps' to reunite her with violent parents

Mrs Justice Hogg criticised by case review for ‘extraordinary’ decision to return child 11 months before father beat her to death.

Full story: The Guardian

Council proposes cuts of up to 25% in special guardianship fees

Barnet council says fee reduction needed as current levels are unsustainable but campaigners voice concerns over move.

Full story: Community Care

Munby orders rehearing of case where child was adopted

A fact-finding hearing against parents who had their child adopted is to be reheard, after a criminal trial brought new evidence to light.

Full story: Community Care

Steep court fee rises are tax on justice, say MPs

Justice select committee condemns big rises in charges for divorce, employment or asylum cases as unjustified.

Full story: The Guardian

Mr Justice MacDonald reminds professionals of responsibilities when considering allegations by children

Actions of some professionals ‘materially prejudiced the welfare of both children’.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children and Social Work Bill receives Second Reading

Bill will enter Committee Stage on 27th June 2016.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court to decide whether child must have ‘opportunity to be heard’ in disputed custody case

The Supreme Court will deliver its judgment in D (A Child) on Wednesday, 22 June.

Full story: Family Law Week

Adopting more children from care will save £310m, says government

An impact assessment on the impact of the Children and Social Work bill says government reforms will save more than £300 million over ten years.

Full story: Community Care

Peers slam 'rag-tag' social work plans

Peers have branded proposed government reforms of children's social work and safeguarding services a “rag tag” set of plans that is so vague that it treats Parliament with contempt.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Hundreds of millions of maintenance owed to children is failing to be collected

A new report published today finds hundreds of millions of pounds of child maintenance arrears owed to children are failing to be collected by the government – with new debts piling up in the new system worth an average of £668 per family.

Full story: Gingerbread

Court of Protection: final Case Management Pilot Practice Direction

The attached pilot Practice Direction is published in advance of a case management pilot commencing in the Court of Protection.

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MoJ seeks views on domestic violence legal aid

The Ministry of Justice has begun a review of legal aid in domestic violence cases as part of efforts to gather data, giving solicitors just over two weeks to share their views.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Newcastle mother's 17 children taken into care after birth

A mother from Newcastle had 17 children removed from her care by the local authority, the BBC has learned.

Full story: BBC News

Munby: changes needed to encourage more children to give evidence in family court proceedings

The chief of the family court has said there has been a sea-change in attitudes to children giving evidence in court, but more changes are necessary.

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Poppi Worthington death: Family had 'complex history'

Authorities showed "very little professional curiosity" about the family situation of a toddler who suddenly died, a report said.

Full story: BBC News