The EU Settlement Scheme application process closes today. Following a report by The Children’s Society that less than 40% had made applications to the EUSS, there is a concern that the status of many children in care may not have been settled….
Further guidance on this issue has been provided in the recent case of Re (1) M (2) N (Twins: Relinquished Babies: Parentage)  EWFC 31. The case concerned two six month old twins who had been relinquished for adoption by their mother…
How long can a Local Authority wait before issuing care proceedings for removal of a new-born baby? No more than 5 days, according to Keehan J in Nottingham City Council v LW & others  All ER (D) 59 (Mar);  EWHC…
Esther Maclachlan represented a mother in care proceedings which resulted in the local authority’s application for a placement order being dismissed and the court ordering that the child be returned to the mother’s care.
The case concerned what constituted a ‘change of circumstances’ for the purposes of s47 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002. When placement orders were made, the children were aged 5 and 7. The local authority’s care plan had been to attempt…
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