Research into draft guidance for judges in anonymisation practices 28 February 2016 Dr Julia Brophy, Principal Investigator, Family Justice and Policy and Research Officer, has been awarded a grant by the Nuffield Foundation to develop draft guidance for judges in anonymisation practices. Updated template to help social workers prepare for court launched 26 February 2016 The Association of Directors of Children's Services (ADCS) and the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service (Cafcass) have launched an updated template for local authority social workers to use when submitting evidence to support an application for a care or supervision order to the courts.
PSL Essential Update - Fleshy February 2016 Amy Sanders – @Amy_Sanders1 29 February 2016 Given that the start of the year usually goes off at full speed, February can be the month where things plateau. However, on the Family Law frontier, the developments keep coming. This month we've seen updates to orders, new regulations and consultation papers - it's got some meat on its bones, so this month is Fleshy February.
Can one lawyer help two clients? Mavis Maclean 26 February 2016 This article arises from the author's role at the Resolution debate in October 2015 in proposing the motion, 'this house believes there should be no barrier to one lawyer representing both parties in family cases'. It argues that with screening as used in mediation for undue influence or hostility, and with informed consent that one lawyer should be able to help both parties, particularly separating parents.
In a New York adoption state of mind Simon Johnson – @StourChambers 26 February 2016 Over the last couple of years there has been much public concern, and comment from the senior judiciary and politicians, about the time taken to decide the future of children removed from their birth families as a result of neglect or abuse. Promoting humane social work with families Sarah Phillimore – @SVPhillimore 23 February 2016 On 19 February 2016 I attended the conference about promoting humane social work at Kings College London, which had been organised by the British Association of Social Workers (BASW) in conjunction with the University of Bedfordshire and Making Research Count.
MEDICAL TREATMENT: A Local Health Board v Y (A Child)  EWHC 206 (Fam) Hearing Date: 08 February 2016 Mr Justice Baker Family Division The local health board was granted declarations permitting the withdrawal and withholding of treatment in respect of the profoundly unwell young child.
PRIVATE LAW CHILDREN: Re D (Children)  EWCA Civ 89 Hearing Date: 11 February 2016 Lord Justice Patten, Lady Justice Black and Mr Justice Baker Court of Appeal The father's appeal from an order requiring him to pay the outstanding fees of an Independent Social Worker was allowed.
PRIVATE LAW CHILDREN: Re K (Children)  EWCA Civ 99 Hearing Date: 19 February 2016 Lord Justice Vos, Lady Justice King and Lord Justice Simon Court of Appeal The father's appeal from an order for no direct contact was allowed.