Councils react to no extra funding for children's services

‘We’ve reached a tipping point,’ says Local Government Association.

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Child Support Agency caseload falls to just over 900,000

Closure process reduces caseload by 44,000 in quarter.

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Domestic abuse: 10% of young women affected - ONS

More than 10% of women aged between 16 and 19 in England and Wales say they have experienced domestic abuse in the past year, research suggests.

Full story: BBC News

Budget gives divorced couples exemption on stamp duty surcharge

Divorcing couples who faced paying higher stamp duty rates will be given reprieve in a moved which reversed one of the unintended consequences of previous legislation.

Full story: The Telegraph

MoJ warns on reliability of old forensic tests in family cases and issues guidance for concerned clients

Warning concerns cases carried out by Trimega between 2010 and 2014.

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Man who murdered adopted daughter was 'Jekyll and Hyde' character

Family court judge raises concerns about how injuries sustained by Elsie Scully-Hicks were dealt with.

Full story: The Guardian

Potential client met with top family law solicitor “to conflict him out” of acting for other side

A leading family law solicitor’s meeting with a potential client was for the purpose of conflicting him out of acting for the other side, the High Court has said as it rejected an application to stop him from doing just that.

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Surrogate mother who changed her mind must hand baby to gay couple, court rules

A surrogate mother has lost custody of her child after a court ruled he would be better placed with the gay couple who arranged for her to have the baby.

Full story: The Telegraph

Divorcing parents could lose children if they try to turn them against partner

Measures being trialled to prevent ‘parental alienation’ feature penalties including permanent loss of contact with child.

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Police response to victims of domestic abuse ‘has improved markedly’

Inspectorate publishes progress report on police response to domestic abuse.

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9 out of 10 clients with a family-based child maintenance arrangement thought it worked well, says DWP

DWP publishes estimates of child maintenance outcomes for February to April 2017.

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Munby orders unsealing of abdicated king's will - but won't read it

The seals of the envelope containing the will of the abdicated King Edward VIII, who died in 1972, can be broken to identify who holds the copyright of his literary works, the president of the family division has said in an unusual ruling.

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Progress report on police response to domestic abuse causes concern

Organisations working to support victims of domestic abuse have expressed concerns over a progress report on police response to such abuse.

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Court hears transgender woman's appeal over access to her Jewish children

Lower court previously ruled the children risked greater psychological harm by being ostracised than if direct contact ceased.

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Review to examine rise in care order applications and number of children in care

A sector-led review of the rise in applications for care orders and the number of children in care has been announced.

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Don't abandon separating families in Brexit, say legal groups

Three influential family law bodies have today warned that a lack of progress on Brexit negotiations could leave tens of thousands of families and children in limbo.

Full story: Resolution

'Urgent' appeal to find missing baby

An eight-month-old baby is thought to have gone missing with her two older siblings.

Full story: BBC News

Domestic violence 'masks' other threats to children, Cafcass finds

Domestic abuse can 'mask' other risk factors faced by children, an analysis of serious case reviews by Cafcass has found.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

Judges reject challenge over adoption and special guardianship for half-brothers

The Court of Appeal has dismissed a case brought against Wirral Metropolitan Borough Council over whether a child should be adopted when his older half-brothers, who lived with the same couple, were to be the subject of a special guardianship order.

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Sick baby's treatment 'should continue', High Court told

A mother and father are fighting a High Court battle to stop their eight-month-old son's life support machine being switched off.

Full story: BBC News

Cafcass private law demand

In October 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,916 new private law cases. This is a 16% increase compared with those received in October 2016 an is the highest monthly demand since October 2013.

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Care applications in October 2017

In October 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,198 care applications. This figure represents a 4% increase compared with those received in October 2016 and is the highest monthly total for an October on record.

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Rise in number of care leavers not in work or education

The number of care leavers who are not in education, employment or training (Neet) has increased over the last four years, government figures have revealed.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

ONS statistics show cohabiting couple families are on the rise

The Office of National Statistics has released its Families and Households in the UK 2017 report.

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Expert Working Group recommends ways to improve the mental health and wellbeing of looked after children

Over 80 children and young people contributed their experience to the project.

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Parents’ alcohol abuse damaging the lives of 700,000 teenagers

The Children’s Society calls on government to address the £2bn funding gap for local children’s services.

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Grandmother Had To Fight Without A Lawyer To Stop Her Grandchild Being Put Up For Adoption

Gloucestershire County Council attempted to stop journalists naming the authority, but this was successfully challenged in court by BuzzFeed News and two other news outlets.

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Munby sets aside divorce petitions because of fraud by disbarred barrister

The president of the Family Division has set aside 21 fraudulent divorce petitions produced by a disbarred barrister.

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High court judge asks public to help find girl, 3, missing with mother

Elliana Shand is thought to be in UK with mother Jessica Richards who has schizophrenia, says judge in rare appeal.

Full story: The Guardian

Government starts work on Law Commission health care and mental capacity recommendations

Consultation launched by Department of Health.

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Increase in number of children on protection plans

The number of children placed on protection plans is continuing to rise, government figures show.

Full story: Children & Young People Now

New strategy announced to improve the care of unaccompanied child migrants

Thousand foster carers and support workers to receive specialist training.

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Report published on progress towards ratifying Istanbul Convention

Government to introduce Domestic Abuse Bill.

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English local authorities face average seven-month DoLS case backlog, official figures suggest

Annual deprivation of liberty safeguards report shows councils processing many more applications, but the number of those uncompleted rises by 7%.

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ALC publishes its submission on covert recordings in family proceedings

Family Justice Council invited to produce guidance.

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First Courts & Tribunals Service Centres launched

The country's first Courts and Tribunals Service Centres will be launched in Birmingham and Stoke-on-Trent.

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Concerns over foster placement with Muslim carers dismissed by Tower Hamlets

Allegations circulating in national press rejected by investigation.

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Foster carers housing lone child refugees to receive specialist training

Scheme helping 1,000 carers announced as government prepares to hear ruling of court case regarding end of the Dubs scheme.

Full story: The Guardian

Court of Protection Rules 2017 set out consolidated practice and procedure of CoP

2007 Rules revoked and replaced from 1 December 2017.

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Divorced women are missing out on £5bn in pension payments every year, says Scottish Widows

Nearly three-quarters of divorced people did not discuss pensions during divorce proceedings.

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Civil news: funding in international child rights of access cases

Clarification of funding arrangements in Article 21 of 1980 Hague Convention for cross-border disputes about rights of access to a child.

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Muslim father 'ordered' by judge not to impose Islam on his children

Father told he can only talk to children about Islam in a 'non-pressuring way'.

Full story: The Independent

Government to consider care reforms for people who lack mental capacity

A written statement from Jackie Doyle-Price, Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Health, has set out the Government’s interim response to the Law Commission’s recent report on mental capacity and deprivation of liberty.

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NCB survey: Children’s services struggling under increased demand

A survey of local councillors responsible for children’s services has found the majority believe the demand for local authority support for children and families has risen over the past two years.

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New FPR Part 3A - Vulnerable Persons: Participation in Proceedings and Giving Evidence

A new Part 3A to the Family Procedure Rules 2010 has been published, which comes into force on 27 November 2017. It makes provision in relation to vulnerable persons (parties and witnesses), including protected parties, in family proceedings.

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