Number of children in foster care rises by 3 per cent over last year

Almost 55,000 children and young people placed with foster carers.

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Child abuse linked to witchcraft rises by a third, councils reveal

The number of children in England identified by councils as having been abused for reasons associated with witchcraft has risen by a third in the past three years, the Local Government Association has revealed.

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New care applications received by Cafcass fall slightly in October

Cafcass received a total of 1,635 new care applications in September – six fewer than in the same month last year.

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Practice Guidance: Placements in unregistered children’s homes in England or unregistered care home services in Wales

The President of the Family Division, Sir Andrew McFarlane, has issued a new practice guidance to explain the registration and regulation structure applicable in England and, separately, in Wales for residential care facilities for children and young people.

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Difficulties in recruiting to District Bench "to have adverse consequences" for civil, family jurisdictions: Lord Chief Justice

The Lord Chief Justice has warned of “a very worrying shortfall” in the recruitment of salaried members to the District Bench this year, saying that it will have adverse consequences for the family and civil jurisdictions.

Full story: Local Government Lawyer

Child maintenance arrangements made after speaking to CM Options, data up to August 2019

Preliminary estimates of the Child Maintenance outcomes of parents following contact with Child Maintenance (CM) Options.

Full story: Department for Work and Pensions

Concerns raised about Calderbank offers being used to assess litigation conduct

Reservations have been expressed about plans to change the rules for determining costs at the end of family proceedings.

Full story: Law Society Gazette

Domestic abuse 'biggest threat to child protection'

Domestic violence, family conflict and drink and drug abuse are the biggest drivers of the rise in child-protection cases in England, says the Local Government Association.

Full story: BBC News

Family Law Week Weekly Podcast Episode 1

A round-up of family law news from the past week and an in-depth look at recent cases hosted by Rachel Cooper, counsel, Coram Chambers.

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Tort of deceit can exist between husband and wife

Claims ‘fundamentally incompatible’ with Court’s consideration of MCA s25.

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