How local authorities should report a serious child safeguarding incident

Guidance published by Ofsted.

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‘Deprivation of liberty’ should be defined in law to limit caseloads and family intrusion, say MPs and peers

Parliament should legislate for a statutory definition of deprivation of liberty to limit the number of people whose restrictive care arrangements require legal authorisation because they lack capacity to consent, an influential committee of MPs and peers have said.

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Family Court Statistics Quarterly: January to March 2018

A statistical bulletin presenting statistics relating to the family courts in the first quarter of 2018 (January to March).

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Research on the domestic violence evidential requirements for legal aid

Research conducted in 2016 to 2017 investigating the barriers some victims of domestic violence face when obtaining evidence required in legal aid applications for private family law disputes.

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Three new appointments to the UK's top appeal court

Lady Justice Arden DBE and Lord Justice Kitchin will join the Supreme Court of the United Kingdom as Justices on 1 October 2018, followed by Lord Justice Sales on 11 January 2019, it was announced today.

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Appointment of Lord and Lady Justices of Appeal 2018

The Queen has approved the appointment of three Lady Justices and four Lord Justices of Appeal.

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Ban on heterosexual civil partnerships in UK ruled discriminatory

Rebecca Steinfeld and Charles Keidan win bid to open up civil unions to opposite-sex couples.

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Court in tangle after law firm ‘whistleblower’ sends it privileged material

The president of the Family Division is to be asked what the court should do in the highly unusual case of a ‘whistleblower’ from the solicitors of one party to a divorce sending it legally privileged information.

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Domestic abuse survivors and children sleeping rough, survey finds

Women unable to get refuge place also having to sofa-surf or stay with abuser.

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What normal looks like: McFarlane to canvass views on parental guidance

The next family law chief could produce general guidance to help manage separated parents' expectations about child contact if he receives widespread backing from other judges when he tours England and Wales this autumn.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

‘Pennies’ will save pioneering court unit

The judge who pioneered the substance-abuse problem-solving court to help reunite families has urged the profession not to let the scheme ‘go under’ after it emerged that a national support unit set up only three years ago is to close.

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‘Big money’ cases give distorted view of divorce settlements

A new briefing paper funded by the Nuffield Foundation has found that high profile, ‘meal ticket for life’ cases have given a distorted view of final settlements in divorces.

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Baker J rejects husband’s financial remedy claim 26 years after decree nisi

Case distinguished from Wyatt v Vince.

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Improved mental health support for children in care

DfE announces pilot scheme.

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Cafcass chief executive Anthony Douglas to step down

Cafcass chief executive Anthony Douglas is to leave in March 2019 after more than 15 years with the organisation.

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Supreme Court to deliver judgment in civil partnership case on Wednesday, 27 June

Steinfeld judgment will consider bar on different-sex couples entering into civil partnerships.

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Care crisis: Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC)

Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division has written the following for Family Law.

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Court of Appeal emphasises that time limit for care proceedings should be extended if necessary

Family Justice Council invited to draft authoritative guidance.

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Draft revised Practice Direction 27A – Family Proceedings: Court Bundles (Universal Practice to be applied in the High Court and Family Court)

This Practice Direction supplements FPR Part 27 and comes into force on 23 July 2018.

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South Yorkshire man wins protection order in forced marriage first

Police issue safeguarding order to protect male victim from honour-based abuse.

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Child Maintenance Service: Aug 2013 to Mar 2018

Experimental statistics on child maintenance arrangements administered by the Child Maintenance Service.

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Online Divorce Pilot Update

It is “The shape of things to come” says the Lord Chief Justice.

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Public Law applications data released

Cafcass publishes latest figures.

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Latest new private law cases received data

Cafcass releases figures for May 2018.

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Legal system of child protection is in crisis, says senior judge

Sir Andrew McFarlane speaks out as review says austerity makes it hard for services to cope in England and Wales.

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Early years cuts 'pushing more children into care' in England

Children’s commissioner says nearly half of budget is spent on 73,000 children in care system.

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Multi-millionaire must buy ex-wife a new house after she argued crimewave made £1m family home 'unsuitable'

A multi-millionaire has been ordered to buy his ex-wife a new house after she argued that a wave of crime has meant their £1 million home is no longer “suitable”, a high court has heard.

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Increase in child protection investigations, but fewer finding abuse

An increasing proportion of children are subject to official child protection investigations before their fifth birthday, despite a drop in the number of probes uncovering abuse or neglect, an academic has found.

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Mills v Mills appeal in the Supreme Court

Judgment now awaited in this much anticipated appeal.

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Supreme Court delivers judgment in Northern Ireland termination of pregnancy law challenge

A majority of Supreme Court Justices concludes that the appellant did not have standing to bring the proceedings but considers that the current law in Northern Ireland is “deeply unsatisfactory”.

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Adoption and care rates higher in some areas

Research obtained by the BBC and the Bureau of Investigative Journalism reveals significant variation in adoption rates across England.

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Transgender man wants to be named father

A transgender man wants to be listed as his baby's father or parent after being told he had to be named the mother because he gave birth to the child.

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Practice Guidance: Standard children and other orders

This Guidance brings to a close, at least for the time being, the Family Orders Project which I established and which has been driven forward with his usual tenacity and skill by Mr Justice Mostyn.

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Children’s Commissioner calls for protection of children’s rights post-Brexit

Ministers asked to reconsider withdrawal from EU’s Charter of Fundamental Rights.

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No significant improvement in availability of secure accommodation for children and young persons

Official figures published for England and Wales: March 2018.

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Child Support Agency case closures: June 2014 to March 2018

Quarterly experimental statistics on the progress of the Child Support Agency (CSA) case closure programme from June 2014 to March 2018.

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Revised Forms A, A1 and D50C released

Form A and Form A1 have been amended in discussion with members of the Financial Proceedings Working Party of the Family Procedure Rule Committee.

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Domestic abuse: ‘Make a Stand’ pledge

Pledge comprises four commitments to support people who live and work in housing who are experiencing domestic abuse.

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We should applaud the end of the nuclear family, says top judge

Britain should "welcome and applaud" the collapse of the nuclear family, the most senior family judge in England and Wales has said.

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Put children at centre of government’s bid to tackle domestic abuse, urges Barnardo’s

The government is failing to see the full picture of the effects of domestic abuse on children, including its significant impact on children’s mental health, Barnardo’s has warned.

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Children in care being 'pinged' around schools and homes, says report

3,000 moved home at least four times in two years, increasing risk of exclusion and grooming.

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