Governments slam 'appalling' social worker hate site

Creators of UK Social Workers Exposed urged to reconsider their actions and warned that undermining social workers increases risks to children.

Full story: Community Care

ADCS brands plans to reduce child protection guidance 'detrimental'

The Association of Directors of Children’s Services has warned that government plans to reduce child protection guidance could be “detrimental” to professionals’ ability to safeguard children.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Force feeding not in ‘best interests’ of anorexic woman, Court of Protection rules

The Court of Protection has ruled that an anorexic woman, who weighs only three stone two pounds, should not be force fed.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Social workers secure Facebook victory over 'vile' hate site

Complaints by social workers led Facebook to ban a 'vile and offensive' web page that published social workers' names and photographs alongside Nazi imagery.

Full story: Community Care

Website exposing social workers condemned as 'vile'

A local authority is understood to be taking action over a website publishing the names and photographs of UK social workers alongside offensive material.

Full story: Community Care

Family and insolvency niche practices become ABSs

Liverpool firm Tracey Miller has become the first family law specialist to be licensed as an ABS.

Full story: Solicitors Journal

Judge takes robust approach to reality of company shares in financial remedies case

Macur J rejects arguments for departure from principle of equality in financial remedies case and rules that the husband’s shareholding was by no means illiquid.

Full story: Family Law Week

‘Uncleared work’ at the Child Support Agency increased by 16% in last reported quarter

The Department for Work and Pensions has released a summary for the three months ending 30 June 2012.

Full story: Family Law Week

Local authority criticised for lack of care of two autistic children

Local Government Ombudsman recommends payment of nearly £20,000 to complainant.

Full story: Family Law Week

Law Society warns about money laundering schemes targeting family lawyers

The Law Society has issued renewed guidance concerning money laundering and fraudulent schemes which may target the litigation practices of law firms.

Full story: Family Law Week

Council charter for care leavers aims to address inconsistencies in support

A care leavers’ charter will launch later this year in a bid to improve the support councils provide as corporate parents.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

David Oakes murders: IPCC finds Essex Police 'failures'

Essex Police took "inadequate action" to arrest a man who went on to murder his ex-partner and daughter, the police watchdog has found.

Full story: BBC News

In United States poorer couples find long term separation a better option than divorce

Married couples who undergo long-term separations appear to be those who cannot afford to divorce, researchers in the United States have found.

Full story: Family Law Week

Divorcing British emigrants in Turkey struggle with the legal system

Many Britons who move to Turkey are failing to grasp local and international laws, leaving them financially at risk when making legal transactions or using the legal system, a study from Queen Mary, University of London, has found.

Full story: Family Law Week

Unexplained infant deaths continue slight decline

The Office for National Statistics has published a statistical bulletin relating to unexplained infant deaths in England and Wales in 2010.

Full story: Family Law Week

Ofsted warns of abuse risks to disabled children

Disabled children in England need better protection against neglect or abuse, suggests a report by children's and education watchdog Ofsted.

Full story: BBC News

Family of Muslim man in right-to-life court battle

The family of a Muslim man left in an apparently vegetative state after a heart attack five weeks ago caused severe brain damage have begun an appeal to ensure he will be given life-saving treatment, against the advice of clinicians, if his condition worsens.

Full story: The Guardian

Grandparents Association calls for reform of costs rules in care proceedings following T (Children)

The Grandparents Association has welcomed the clarity given in the recent Supreme Court decision in re: Re T (Children) [2012] UKSC 36.

Full story: Family Law Week

Lord Justice Thorpe welcomes plans for Japan to sign Hague Convention

Lord Justice Thorpe has described as a 'positive move' reports that Japan is preparing to sign the 1980 Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.

Full story: Family Law Week

Appeal dismissed in Australian Hague Convention case

The four Italian/Australian sisters, who have been the subject of a high profile Hague Convention case in Australia, will have another opportunity to have their views taken into account before a final decision is made regarding their future.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge attacks forced marriage that put disabled woman 'at risk’

A judge has said the forced marriage of a Muslim woman with learning difficulties should be annulled and condemned the “insulated” families who arrange them.

Full story: The Telegraph

Grandparents Plus call on government to raise the profile of kinship care

Government plans to speed up the adoption process risk “overlooking the extended family as the first port of call”, the charity Grandparents Plus has claimed.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Nice launch health and wellbeing standards for children in care

Children and young people in care are to benefit from new quality standards designed to promote their health and wellbeing.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Action plan to stop child abuse in the name of faith or belief

An action plan to cut through the “wall of silence” around ritual child abuse and neglect in the name of witchcraft, spirit possession, the supernatural and faith has been published today.

Full story: Department for Education

Parents who believe in miracles 'torturing' dying children, doctors warn

Terminally ill children are subjected to needless suffering amounting to “torture” by parents who refuse to allow the withdrawal of treatment because of their religious beliefs, leading doctors have claimed.

Full story: The Telegraph

Lord Justice Thorpe requests practitioners’ assistance with relocation research project

Lord Justice Thorpe has written to family law solicitors and barristers, requesting their assistance with a research project into relocation disputes in England and Wales.

Full story: Family Law Week

Judge rules boy's life support can be switched off despite parents' hope of miracle

A judge has ordered that doctors can switch off a young boy’s life-support system even though his devout Christian parents pleaded for him to be kept alive in case of a miracle.

Full story: The Telegraph

Clegg set to open the way for churches to hold gay marriages

Nick Clegg will allow Parliament to go further in its plans to legalise gay marriage and enable churches and other religious institutions to conduct the ceremonies, The Independent has learned.

Full story: The Independent

Council goes public with concerns about social worker caseloads

Some social workers at Middlesbrough Council are juggling caseloads of at least 40 children, according to a scrutiny report published ahead of the council’s next executive meeting on 14 August.

Full story: Community Care

Flaws in care leaver services contributed to baby's death, case review finds

A serious case review into the death of a baby girl has criticised Birmingham council for failing to properly support her care-leaver parents.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Second Family Drug and Alcohol Court gets green light

The second Family Drug and Alcohol Court in the country is to be set up in Gloucestershire with the backing of the county council, NHS Gloucestershire and Her Majesty's Courts and Tribunals Service.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Judge rules that doctors can withhold treatment in 'desperately sad' case

A judge has allowed doctors to stop trying to treat a seriously ill hospital patient who has a needle phobia and physically resists help from medics, in what she called a “desperately sad” case.

Full story: The Telegraph

Care applications continue their upward trend

Care application demand has remained at a very high level, Cafcass reports. Between April and July 2012 Cafcass received a total of 3,519 applications. This figure is 8.3% higher when compared to the same period last year.

Full story: Family Law Week

Baby treated as a 'shuttlecock' batted between mum in Britain and dad in Portugal as judges in UK are powerless to intervene

English judges cannot intervene in the case of a baby boy facing his early life as a 'shuttlecock' between the UK and Portugal, the Court of Appeal has ruled.

Full story: Daily Mail

The Family Procedure (Amendment No. 3) Rules 2012

These Rules amend the Family Procedure Rules 2010 and come into force on the 30th September.

Statutory Instrument

Guru to the stars in court over 'common law divorce'

A new-age guru to the stars is being sued by the mother of his child in a unique bid to secure a "common law divorce" payout.

Full story: The Telegraph

Councils left homeless boy, 16, to sleep in tent

Failures by two councils led to a homeless 16-year-old boy being forced to spend nine months living in a tent and having to sell his belongings to survive, an inquiry has found.

Full story: The Telegraph

Birmingham children’s home closure proposals 'will save £3m'

Birmingham Council is planning to close five of its 17 children’s homes with a view to saving £3m by increasing the use of foster care and adoption.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Child adoptions in England and Wales: how many are adopted, how old and were they born inside marriage?

According to the latest figures, published today by the Office for National Statistics, the number of adoptions in England and Wales in 2011 was 4,734, an increase of 6% since 2010 when there were 4,481 adoptions.

Full story: The Guardian

Lord Chief Justice’s report marks the increase in rise of PIPs

The latest Lord Chief Justice's report has been laid before the House of Lords. The Report focuses on the work of the courts and on the wide range of statutory responsibilities which guide his role.

Full story: Family Law Week

Law Society supports family justice modernisation plans

Children’s Services Directors also welcome Mr Justice Ryder’s report.

Full story: Family Law Week

Refuges 'under threat' from shake-up of benefit rules

A charity that runs refuges for victims of domestic violence has warned it will have to close every one of its centres, and that women will die, because of planned changes to benefit rules.

Full story: BBC News

Girl of 10 can choose to convert from Judaism to Christianity, judge rules

A 10-year-old Jewish girl has been permitted to become a Christian after a judge rejected claims by her mother that she had been “brainwashed” and was too young to change faith.

Full story: The Telegraph

The Adoption Agencies (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2012

These Regulations amend the Adoption Agencies (Wales) Regulations 2005, which make provision about the exercise by adoption agencies (that is, local authorities and registered adoption societies) of their functions in relation to adoption under the Adoption and Children Act 2002.

Statutory Instrument

Transcript of Press Conference on Modernisation of Family Justice

Held by The Lord Chief Justice of England and Wales, Lord Justice Goldring and Mr Justice Ryder.

Full story: Judiciary of England and Wales

LSC to face judicial review over report costs

The Law Society is to challenge by judicial review a Legal Services Commission decision to meet just one-third of the costs of an expert witness report ordered by a county court on behalf of a child.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Forced marriage advice to help victims with learning disabilities

Fifty English councils are bringing in policies to tackle the rise in the number of people with learning disabilities entering forced marriages.

Full story: BBC News

The Public Bodies (Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission: Abolition and Transfer of Functions) Order 2012

The Public Bodies Act 2011 provides for the abolition, and associated transfer of functions, by order of any body specified in Schedule 1 to that Act. The Child Maintenance and Enforcement Commission is a body listed in that Schedule.

Statutory Instrument

Judge says religious couple's brain-damaged baby can be allowed to die

A judge has ruled that a severely brain-damaged baby boy can be allowed to die even though his devoutly religious parents wanted him to be kept on a life-support system.

Full story: The Telegraph