Lorna Cservenka wins Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Award

Lorna Cservenka, head of the Child Care department at Hanne & Co Solicitors' London office, has won the title of Family Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year at the Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year Awards 2011.

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District judge wins top legal aid award

The district judge behind the groundbreaking Family Drug and Alcohol Court was honoured at the ninth annual Legal Aid Lawyer of the Year awards this week.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Children must be the focus of family justice system, says Cafcass

Cafcass publishes response to Family Justice Review panel’s interim report.

Full story: Family Law Week

Sir Andrew McFarlane appointed to the Court of Appeal

Mr Justice McFarlane has been appointed to the Court of Appeal with effect from 28 July 2011, Downing Street announced today.

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Child protection reporting strengthens a 'failing' system

Pressure on the social care system created by the intense media glare is a force for good and can help improve a “failing and depleted” system, according to a top child protection specialist.

Full story: Press Gazette

Second reading of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill

Lord Chancellor and Secretary of State for Justice, Kenneth Clarke, introduced the second reading of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill in the House of Commons on Wednesday 29 June.

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Munro fears government 'lacks courage' to make changes

Professor Eileen Munro fears the government will not have the courage to give local authorities more freedom from government-imposed bureaucracy, as recommended in her review of child protection.

Full story: Community Care

Mounting concerns over legal aid cuts

The government's plans to cut legal aid in England and Wales return to Parliament later as opposition mounts from lawyers and campaigners.

Full story: BBC News

Rise in abductions by parents to non-treaty countries

The number of British children abducted by a parent and taken to a country beyond Foreign Office protection has risen by 10% in the past year, it says.

Full story: BBC News

MPs take evidence on Munro Review of Child Protection

The Education Committee explores the recommendations of Professor Eileen Munro’s recently published review of child protection in England.

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Increasing efficiency in the Court of Protection

The Government has today published a consultation paper proposing that some decisions on straightforward applications to the Court of Protection are taken by authorised court officers.

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Supreme court judge warns legal aid cuts will hit poorest

Lady Hale says the government's proposed cuts will have a 'disproportionate' effect on the most vulnerable in society.

Full story: The Guardian

Government rejects proposal to split Ofsted

The government has vetoed recommendations that Ofsted be split into two separate inspectorates for education and social care.

Full story: Community Care

Loss of expert witness anonymity 'risks undermining child protection cases'

Fewer health professionals will come forward as expert witnesses in child protection cases after losing their anonymity and immunity from being sued, the chief executive of the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health has warned.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Fall in protection training means abuse could be missed

Child abuse victims are likely to go undetected because of a massive drop in professionals taking up child protection training including school staff, a major provider has warned.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

GMC guidance urges doctors to act on child abuse concerns

Doctors have a duty to protect children from abuse even when they are only treating related adults, according to draft guidance published by the General Medical Council.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Married couples 'must be helped by tax system’

Conservative MPs will demand action to recognise marriage in the tax system by allowing spouses to transfer their personal allowances.

Full story: The Telegraph

Children's social care workers to strike

A group of children's social care workers are to go on strike in Southampton this week against council proposals to slash pay for all but the lowest earners.

Full story: Community Care

World turning blind eye to 10 million child brides each year, charity warns

UK must help to cut level of forced marriages for girls under 18, says Plan UK report.

Full story: The Guardian

Mystic Marquess in the dock over divorce tapes

The Marquess of Northampton, one of Britain's weathiest and most colourful aristocrats, has been accused of obtaining illicit tape recordings of telephone calls made by his wife in a divorce battle over his £120 million fortune.

Full story: The Sunday Telegraph

Divorcees offered insurance against ex-spouses who stop maintenance

Insurance will fund legal battles against former partners who willfully default – and pay out if exes can no longer afford to.

Full story: The Guardian

ALC publishes its response to the Family Justice Review interim report

The Association of Lawyers for Children has published its response to the Family Justice Review's interim report.

Full story: Family Law Week

Call for social workers to have improved human rights training after Neary Case

BASW has called for training to be included in social work degree courses on respecting individual's human rights in the light of the case of Steven Neary who was detained unlawfully by Hillingdon Council.

Full story: Family Law Week

We did listen on legal aid, Djanogly insists – but Law Society’s Lee vows to fight on ‘every clause’

Jonathan Djanogly has insisted that the government took full account of thousands of hostile responses to the government’s controversial proposals on legal aid and the Jackson reforms of civil litigation costs.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Chancery Lane urges government to fund family justice reforms

The Law Society has backed the Family Justice Review’s ‘far-reaching’ proposals for reform, but urged the government not to proceed with the changes unless it can provide the money to implement them properly.

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Boarding school plan for at risk children in Kent

Vulnerable children in Kent could be sent to boarding school rather than placed in specialist residential care homes.

Full story: BBC News

Councils criticised for failing to support foster carer

Two local authorities have been slammed by the local government ombudsman for failures in their handling of allegations made against a foster carer.

Full story: Community Care

Misconduct by council employees in DoL case "seriously impeded" court process, says judge

Misconduct by employees of a local authority – involving the re-writing of its records after a hearing – “seriously impeded” the court process in a deprivation of liberty case, a High Court judge has said.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Child abuse legal loophole to be closed

A legal loophole that could allow those who physically abuse children to escape justice is to be closed, the government has announced.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Ryan Lovell-Hancox: Killers were known to authorities

A murdered three-year-old West Midlands boy was not protected despite his killers being known to child protection agencies, a report has found.

Full story: BBC News

Loughton: Munro proposals to be phased in slowly

Eileen Munro's recommendations for child protection are likely to be phased in gradually due to financial constraints, comments from children's minister Tim Loughton have indicated.

Full story: Community Care

Great Ormond Street faces new attack on alleged Baby P cover-up

A report which said a doctor at the Haringey clinic should not have been hired was cut before it was shown to the official review.

Full story: The Independent

Conveyancing and divorce top of consumer complaints

Conveyancing snags and divorce outcomes top the list of consumer complaints against lawyers.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Legal Aid Bill published

The Government has today published the controversial Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill which sets out cuts to legal aid and funding of civil litigation.

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Family legal aid cuts an attack on childhood and the family

Government plans to cut family legal aid represent an attack on childhood and the family, said family law association Resolution today as the Government published the response to its legal aid consultation.

Full story: Resolution

Government set to press ahead with legal aid cuts and Jackson reforms

The government has today confirmed its intention to press ahead with controversial reforms to legal aid with the publication of the Legal Aid Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Big Society could tackle abuse and neglect, claims report

David Cameron should focus his Big Society agenda on how it can be used to reduce the incidence of abuse and neglect, according to research commissioned by Action for Children.

Full story: Community Care

Council to shut its children's homes by end of the year

Essex Council has confirmed it will close all of its children's homes by the end of the year.

Full story: Community Care

No retreat on legal aid cuts and Jackson reforms

The government is making few concessions on its legal aid cuts and implementation of the Jackson reforms, an advance copy of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill seen by Solicitors Journal has indicated.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Unemployment increases risk of divorce for men

Men who lose their jobs are more likely to divorce - and be divorced by - their working wives, according to research into the emotional impact of unemployment.

Full story: The Telegraph

Worries over huge rise in child protection referrals in ‘wealthy’ county

Concern is mounting after it emerged that one of Wales’ most prosperous counties has seen an 82% rise in child-protection referrals in just 12 months.

Full story: WalesOnline

Law firm sparks outrage by offering free divorces - as long as couples apply by June 30

A firm of lawyers has attracted scorn by trying to attract new customers with a special offer – of a free divorce.

Full story: Daily Mail

David Cameron criticised after attacking 'runaway dads'

David Cameron has been accused of "ripping away" support from single parents, just hours after making a stinging attack on absent fathers.

Full story: BBC News

Runaway fathers are like drink-drivers, blasts David Cameron

David Cameron is launching a full-scale attack on fathers who abandon their families – calling for them to be "stigmatised" by society in the same way as drink-drivers are.

Full story: The Telegraph

Hague Conference recommends improvements to conventions

The Sixth Meeting of the Special Commission to review the practical operation of the Hague Abduction and Child Protection Conventions has made recommendations for judges, other government officials and experts to consider when confronted with Convention issues.

Full story: Family Law

Locking autistic man in padded room ruled illegal

The Court of Protection has ruled that an 18-year-old man with autism and severe learning disabilities who was regularly placed in a padded seclusion room more than six times a day was unlawfully deprived of his liberty.

Full story: The Independent

Social workers ignored warnings over rapist, 11

Risks boy posed were not fully assessed, leaving him to attack nine-year-old when he should have been in care.

Full story: The Guardian

Child Maintenance Options helps over 100,000 children to benefit from family-based maintenance

The groundbreaking Child Maintenance Options service has passed a key milestone with the number of children benefiting from collaborative, family-based child maintenance arrangements now running into six figures.

Full story: Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission

90% of kinship care arrangements are informal, finds study

One in 77 children in the UK are being raised by family members because their parents are unable to care for them, according to children's charity Buttle UK.

Full story: Community Care

Report published on effectiveness of Parents Information Programmes

A new report published by the Department of Education recommends redirecting the funding spent by courts on making decisions on parents' child contact arrangements to programmes that help them agree on contact independently.

Full story: Family Law

Solicitors top consumer choice for conveyancing and family

An average of 77 per cent of consumers buying a house would prefer to use a solicitor rather than a high street brand for their conveyancing and 83 per cent would rather a solicitor handled their divorce, a new report has found.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Great Ormond Street hospital issues apology to Baby P whistleblower

Great Ormond Street hospital has formally apologised to a senior doctor suspended after she blew the whistle on failings at the clinic where Baby Peter was treated just days before his death.

Full story: The Guardian

Child protection to be examined in revised health reforms

The government has promised it will examine how child protection experts in the NHS can be protected from proposed reforms.

Full story: Community Care

Social work expert witnesses seek council top-up fee

Local authorities should split the cost of employing independent social workers with the Legal Services Commission, according to the Confederation of Independent Social Work Agencies.

Full story: Community Care

Child protection must be part of NHS reforms, warns review

Government reforms to the NHS must not overlook child protection, an independent review into the changes has concluded.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

The Child Support (Miscellaneous Amendments) Regulations 2011

These Regulations amend the Social Security and Child Support (Decisions and Appeals) Regulation 1999, the Child Support (Maintenance Assessment Procedure) Regulations 1992 and the Child Support (Maintenance Calculation Procedure) Regulations 2000.

Statutory Instrument

Legal aid cuts a 'false economy'

Sweeping reforms will restrict access to justice and hit vulnerable hardest, warn law charities.

Full story: The Guardian

Foster carers set to lose £700 a year in welfare reform

Plans to shake up housing benefits will see foster carers taking a hit of almost £700 a year, according to campaigners, who have warned the move will damage plans to increase the number of foster carers.

Full story: Community Care

Social worker guilty of misconduct after GSCC delays

A social worker who was under investigation for two years following alleged child protection failings has been found guilty of misconduct and received a warning.

Full story: Community Care

EC Maintenance Regulation comes into force this week

Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and cooperation in matters relating to maintenance obligations will come into force on 18 June 2011.

Full story: Family Law Week

Parliamentary Bill seeks to limit sharia law in UK

A Parliamentary Bill has been tabled in the House of Lords that would stop sharia courts in this country claiming that they have legal jurisdiction over family or criminal law.

Full story: Family Law Week

Welfare cuts 'will leave domestic violence victims at risk'

Charities warn home secretary Theresa May that ending the social fund will leave women trapped with violent partners.

Full story: The Observer

Supreme Court rules on correct approach to Article 13(b) of the Hague Convention

The Supreme Court today ruled on the correct approach to Article 13(b) of the Hague Convention in the case of E (Children) [2011] UKSC 84.

Full story: Family Law

MPs debate the Munro Report on child protection

Tim Loughton, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Education, moved a debate in the House of Commons on Thursday 9 June on the findings of the Munro Report on child protection.

Full story: UK Parliament

Call for sacking over Great Ormond Street 'cover-up' of Baby Peter report

MP accuses hospital of witholding information about clinic it ran in Haringey, where doctor missed chance to save toddler.

Full story: The Guardian

Hackney's child protection improvements impress Ofsted

The London Borough of Hackney's child protection work has been praised by Ofsted, following an unannounced visit last month.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Baby P verdict a victory for social workers

The High Court's decision to order The Sun newspaper to compensate a social worker involved in the Baby P case has been hailed a "victory" for social workers.

Full story: Community Care

The Sun makes payout to social worker over Baby P stories

Paper agrees to publish apology after false claims in about 80 articles and Justice for Baby P campaign.

Full story: The Guardian

Charity highlights 'gaps' in Ofsted adoption inspections

Ofsted should be inspecting the quality of social care support provided to families who have adopted a child, according to an adoption expert.

Full story: Community Care

Local authority unlawfully detained autistic man

High court judge rules that Steven Neary, 21, was unlawfully detained in care unit.

Full story: The Guardian

Invest more in early intervention, Graham Allen MP tells government

More money must be allocated to early intervention in children's services, according to the second instalment of Graham Allen MP's report on early intervention, due to be published later this month.

Full story: Community Care

Roar Forensics Publishes Full Apology and Retraction About Trimega's Hair Testing

Roar Forensics Confirms High Accuracy Rate of Trimega's Hair Tests and That the Company has Appropriate Accreditation.

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Rethink on children's home contract after sector anger

Children may soon be no longer at risk of removal from children's homes with just one day's notice after Community Care highlighted problems with the new children's homes contract.

Full story: Community Care

Children's homes urged to prove their benefits

Children's homes need to work with commissioners to produce evidence of their cost-effectiveness and the outcomes they achieve for children, according to a child care expert.

Full story: Community Care

Legal-aid cuts of £350m will bring chaos to courts, judges fear

Litigants, some with mental health problems, will be forced to represent themselves in emotional divorce and childcare cases.

Full story: The Guardian

Women's convictions for domestic violence 'double'

The number of women convicted of domestic violence in England and Wales has more than doubled in the last five years, an investigation by BBC Radio 5 live Breakfast has found.

Full story: BBC News

Children's care home cuts may leave hundreds at risk

Closing of residential children's homes by local authorities will mean rejection for most vulnerable, warn experts.

Full story: The Guardian

Legal aid cuts 'leave domestic violence victims without help'

Day of action organised by Justice for All protests against government cost-saving plans which 'target the most vulnerable'.

Full story: The Guardian

Child protection reporting 'vindictive' and 'simplistic'

A journalist who played a key role in the Munro Inquiry into child protection has criticised “vindictive" and "simplistic” reporting of child protection issues which he says can go against the interests of children.

Full story: Press Gazette

Kids to shape future of family justice

Children are the most important people in the family justice system and their voice needs to be heard in proposed reforms, a panel set up to review the system said.

Full story: Ministry of Justice

Slough's protection failings put children at risk

Significant failings in child protection practices at Slough Borough Council have been identified by Ofsted inspectors.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Too few social workers see children in care alone

More than one in 10 children in care have never spoken to a social worker or caseworker on their own, according to research published by the children's rights director today.

Full story: Community Care

Kent County Council discusses child services report

A report which criticised Kent County Council for leaving more than 2,000 children at risk of significant harm has been discussed by councillors.

Full story: BBC News

Plan to shut children's homes prompts warning of crisis

Essex Council's plans to close its mainstream children's homes have left many nervous about the wider implications for residential child care.

Full story: Community Care

The Magistrates’ Courts (Enforcement or Variation of Orders Made in Family Proceedings and Miscellaneous Provisions) Rules 2011

These Rules consolidate various existing provisions in rules of court setting out the practice and procedure to be followed in magistrates’ courts in certain proceedings, and apply the Family Procedure Rules 2010 to certain other magistrates’ courts proceedings in the place of existing rules.

Statutory Instrument

The Family Procedure (Amendment) Rules 2011

These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010 to take account of the
application of Council Regulation (EC) No 4/2009 of 18th December 2008 on jurisdiction, applicable law, recognition and enforcement of decisions and co-operation in matters relating to maintenance obligations in the United Kingdom from 18th June 2011.

Statutory Instrument