Woman had two children after secretly taking ex-husband's frozen sperm

A father was forced to pay his ex-wife £100,000 so she can raise two children she conceived without his consent after secretly taking his frozen sperm.

Full story: The Telegraph

'Father' ordered to pay £100k for children he never knew he had after ex-wife tricked IVF clinic into using his frozen sperm

A man whose ex-wife gave birth twice without his consent by tricking an IVF clinic into fertilising her with his frozen sperm had to pay £100,000 to provide for their children.

Full story: Daily Mail

Child protection work facing recruitment crisis after Baby P tragedy

Many social workers quit their jobs following vilification in media and attracting new entrants has become harder.

Full story: The Guardian

Calls for India to sign Hague Convention on Child Abduction

Supreme Court of India affirms jurisdiction of Indian courts despite foreign orders.

Full story: Family Law Week

Baby Peter sacking: Sharon Shoesmith wins appeal

An ex-Haringey social services director has won an appeal against a High Court ruling that her sacking after Baby Peter's death in 2007 was lawful.

Full story: BBC News

Marco Pierre White wins apology from wife's lawyers for 'wrong' advice

Marco Pierre White has won a public apology from his wife’s solicitors after they wrongly advised her to intercept his post during their bitter divorce proceedings.

Full story: The Telegraph

Appeal court to rule on council sacking after Baby P's death

Haringey's former head of child services argues her dismissal by minister Ed Balls was unlawful and due to media pressure.

Full story: The Guardian

Court of Appeal regards ‘dynastic trusts’ as matrimonial property

The Court of Appeal has dismissed the appeal of Athelstan Whaley the owner of a Spanish hotel chain, who had sought to overturn Baron J's award of a lump sum of £3m to his former wife, Belinda Whaley.

Full story: Family Law Week

Study finds presumed shared parenting is not in the interests of children

Proposed legislation to introduce and enforce a presumption of shared parenting time for separating couples is not in the interests of children, according to a study published today by the Department of Social Policy and Intervention at the University of Oxford.

Full story: Family Law

Failure to hold SCR over boy's death undermines child protection

Newham's local safeguarding children board is seriously undermining the social work profession by failing to conduct a serious case review about the suspicious death of a child, according to the Victoria ClimbiƩ Foundation.

Full story: Community Care

A Director of Children’s Services in every local authority cannot be “taken for granted”

A survey by the Association of Directors of Children's Services and the National College for Leadership of Schools and Children's Services has found that a Director of Children's Services in every local authority cannot be "taken for granted".

Full story: Family Law Week

Millionaire hotel tycoon fails in bid to cut ex-wife's £3.75m divorce payout

A millionaire hotel tycoon who said his ex-wife's £3.75m divorce payout would harm future generations of his family has failed in a unique legal bid to cut her award.

Full story: The Telegraph

Council seeks to close down its children homes

Essex Council is set to close all its children's homes under a controversial proposal to be considered at a cabinet meeting next month, Community Care has learned.

Full story: Community Care

NHS reforms could undermine child protection, warns Royal College

The government's NHS reforms could weaken child protection arrangements and damage the health of children in care, the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has warned.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

ADCS head warns that private law safeguarding changes will increase workload

Referrals to children's services could soar if private law changes being considered by the Family Justice Review are implemented, the Association of Directors of Children's Services has warned.

Full story: Community Care

Japanese government decides to ratify Hague Convention on Child Abduction

The Japanese government has officially decided to prepare to ratify 1980 Hague Convention on Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Full story: Family Law Week

David Cameron: marriage is key to stable society

David Cameron will today reaffirm his commitment to the institution of marriage and the importance to children of stable relationships.

Full story: The Telegraph

Supreme Court hearing begins in E (Children)

Court to decide the correct approach to Article 13(b) of the Hague Convention.

Full story: Family Law Week

Children’s Minister takes fostering questions at APPG

Young people with experience of care put questions about foster care to a panel of experts and politicians at the All Party Parliamentary Group on young people last week.

Full story: Family Law Week

ADCS: All expert witnesses should be accredited

Experts giving evidence in family court cases should be accredited and registered on a central database, according to the Association of Directors of Children's Services.

Full story: Community Care

High Court judge approves commercial surrogacy

A serving High Court judge has told the BBC that he is approving commercial surrogacy agreements made by British couples abroad.

Full story: BBC News

Agreement reached on development of a single College of Social Work

The British Association of Social Workers' College of Social Work and The College of Social Work have agreed to create a new entity, The College of Social Work, by January 2012.

Full story: Family Law

Court fees cap deters ISWs from expert witness work

Independent social workers have been refusing to appear as expert witnesses in family court cases since the Legal Services Commission capped their fees, Community Care has learned.

Full story: Community Care

'Ball in media's court' after ruling on naming of family law experts

A leading child law QC has said “the ball is in the media’s court” after a ruling by Sir Nicholas Wall, president of the Family Division, that the names of experts and their reports should be “routinely disclosed”.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Drugs court approach sees fewer children taken into care

Parents with substance misuse problems are less likely to have their children taken into care if they have been through the Family Drug and Alcohol Court, an independent evaluation has found.

Full story: Community Care

Lawyers demand pause in legal aid reforms

Law Society accuses ministers of ignoring consultation by pressing ahead with plans to remove legal help for vulnerable.

Full story: The Guardian

LSC introduces new family fees

The LSC has introduced new family fee for the Family Advocacy Scheme and the Private Family Law representation Scheme.

Full story: Family Law

Integrated children's systems 'can be overhauled cheaply'

An expert says Professor Eileen Munro's call for local authorities to overhaul their integrated children's systems can be achieved cheaply.

Full story: Community Care

Husband whose wife gave him £5m loses 'discrimination' appeal

A husband whose wealthy wife gave him £5m as part of a ‘clean break’ divorce settlement was not discriminated against, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Forced marriage should be criminalised, say MPs

Forced marriage should be made a criminal offence to show that it was not tolerated in society, MPs said.

Full story: BBC News

Munro welcomed but funding fears fester

Cherry-picking parts of her final review of child protection would not produce the changes needed, Professor Eileen Munro has warned.

Full story: Community Care

Concessions expected in legal aid bill due next month

Sources within Parliament have indicated that the rules for funding in private family cases, where there is an issue of domestic violence, could be changed.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Teenagers missing out on the chance to be fostered

Vulnerable teenagers are suffering because of a national shortage of suitable foster families, according to a survey by the Fostering Network.

Full story: Community Care

More support may have prevented children coming into care, says report

The latest report from the Children's Rights Director, Dr Roger Morgan, reveals that nearly half (43%) of the children in care consulted believe they would not have needed to come into the system had they received more support.

Full story: Family Law Week

Court of Appeal calls on local authorities to meet their obligations to homeless 16 and 17 year olds

Court identifies failure of coordination between local authority departments.

Full story: Family Law Week

A judge attacks my 'one-sided' child protection stories - but it cuts both ways

The judgment that Mr Justice Bellamy has published makes for illuminating reading, and not just for its attack on me, says Christopher Booker.

Full story: The Telegraph

MPs split over legal aid reforms

Proposals caricature our current system of aid and disadvantage most vulnerable, ministers are warned.

Full story: The Guardian

Former Barnardo's chief to review Kent's adoption services

Former Barnardo's chief Martin Narey is to review Kent Council's adoption services, it was announced today.

Full story: Community Care

Murdered schoolgirl Tia Rigg 'failed by agencies'

A 12-year-old girl who was raped and murdered by her uncle in Manchester was failed by child protection agencies, an independent inquiry has found.

Full story: BBC News

Forced marriages victims put issue in spotlight

Victims of forced marriages will be among speakers at roadshows being held to raise awareness about the issue.

Full story: BBC News

Care application demand remains at high level, says Cafcass

In 2010-2011 care application demand remained at a very high level with a total of 9,152 new applications.

Full story: Family Law Week

Munro recommends scrapping initial and core assessments

Initial and core assessments, and their respective legal timescales, should be ditched in favour of a single ongoing assessment that sets out the decisions that need to be made by a social worker, the Munro review has recommended.

Full story: Community Care

Fixed family case fees could spark 'exodus', says lawyer

A leading family lawyer has warned that the new fixed fees regime for private family cases, which came into force this week, could lead to a ‘significant exodus’ of firms from family legal aid.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Judge demands review of damaging divorce laws

Outdated family laws have fuelled an “alarming” rise in marital breakdown, causing “profound” damage to millions of children, a High Court judge has warned.

Full story: The Telegraph

Government in no hurry to respond to Munro

The government will not respond to Eileen Munro's final report on child protection until "later this year", according to children's minister Tim Loughton.

Full story: Community Care

Less stressful divorces thanks to mediation

Separating couples in Manchester are resolving their disputes more cheaply, quickly and less stressfully following new rules introduced by Justice Minister Jonathan Djanogly.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Government backs Munro plan for chief social worker role

The government has backed "in principle" the appointment of a chief social worker to provide leadership across the whole profession.

Full story: Community Care

Munro Review's Final Report published

The Final Report of Professor Eileen Munro's of Review of Child Protection, A child-centred system, is published today.

Full story: Family Law

Munro: Early intervention legal duty for councils

Councils should legally have to provide early intervention services to families according to the Munro Review.

Full story: Community Care

The Civil Jurisdiction and Judgments (Maintenance) (Rules of Court) Regulations 2011

These Regulations make provision consequent upon the application of Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 (“the Council Regulation”) which applies in the United Kingdom from the 18th June 2011.

Statutory Instrument

Independent review into child protection says: Free professionals from central Government control to let them do their jobs properly

Local areas should have more freedom to develop their own effective child protection services, rather than focusing on meeting central government targets, an independent review into child protection recommends today.

Full story: Department for Education

Munro backs creation of chief social worker

Each council will have a chief child protection social worker if a key recommendation from Eileen Munro’s final report is taken up by the government.

Full story: Community Care

Child protection system shake-up urged

Front-line social workers should regain the freedom to decide what is best for children, an official review of England's child protection system says.

Full story: BBC News

Iain Duncan Smith thinktank laments Tory compromises over family policies

Centre for Social Justice claims failure to meet pledge to give marriage tax break is symbolic of inaction on family breakdown.

Full story: The Guardian

MP argues welfare cap will put vulnerable children at risk

The government is being called on to exempt families with child protection concerns from welfare caps.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Children's early progress in foster placements needs sustaining

Fostered children make the most significant progress during the first nine months of their placement, according to research published today by The Adolescent and Children's Trust.

Full story: Community Care

Law firms set to reclaim Legal Services Commission family fees

Law firms may seek to claim back ‘substantial’ sums from the Legal Services Commission following a clarification of its rules governing family fees, solicitors suggested this week.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Judge in care proceedings warns of media reports based on incomplete knowledge of the evidence

HHJ Bellamy permits reporting of judgment to correct ‘factual errors and omissions’.

Full story: Family Law Week

New police powers could harm children, charity warns

Government plans to curb anti-social behaviour in England and Wales could put vulnerable children at greater risk, the charity Barnardo's has said.

Full story: BBC News

Domestic violence courts to close

More than one in six specialist domestic violence courts are set to close as part of the government’s nationwide court closures plan, it has emerged.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Massive fall in child abuse deaths linked to new protection policies

Child deaths from abuse have fallen dramatically over the past 30 years, new figures show.

Full story: The Independent

Sumption, Wilson confirmed as new Supreme Court justices

The Supreme Court has confirmed the appointment of Jonathan Sumption QC as one of two new justices for the UK’s highest court.

Full story: The Lawyer

Ofsted changes to ease inspection burden on local authorities

Ofsted's new inspection regime, published last week, will go some way to reducing the inspection burden on local authorities, according to the Association of Directors of Children's Services.

Full story: Community Care

Child protection cases in Middlesbrough fall

The number of child protection cases in Middlesbrough - once home to the highest rate in the country - has dropped by a quarter.

Full story: Gazette Live

Kernott v Jones hearing begins in the Supreme Court today

Supreme Court Justices to review Stack v Dowden.

Full story: Family Law Week

Supreme Court to consider duty to return children under Hague Convention from 23 May

Court to consider the correct approach to Article 13(b).

Full story: Family Law Week