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Five children are to be taken from the care of a woman after a family court judge concluded that she had caused them emotional harm. Judge Simon Wood said the woman was the mother of some of the children and the stepmother of others. The judge said the woman had…
Court of Appeal judges are to stop hearing some challenges to decisions made in local family courts. People unhappy about rulings by local family court judges have traditionally been able to outline their concerns in the Court of Appeal in London. But lower-ranking High Court judges are to start to…
Cafcass has announced several new tools and resources to support case analysis when working with children and families. This follows a review to identify where they could make improvements to their assessment toolkit and was informed by practitioners. The new tools include: A pathway to help structure the analysis of…
Children are held in youth prisons as far as 187 miles (300km) from home, a report has revealed. Inspectors found that young inmates in custody further from home had fewer visits from family and friends. One boy was 187 miles from home and had not received a family visit in…
A new initiative has been launched in Northern Ireland to highlight the support that is available for family members who are affected by a loved one’s drinking and/or drug misuse and encourage them to get help in their own right. ‘Break the silence, reach for help’ includes eight short films…
More new-style family courts which feature lawyer-free hearings should be opened, ministers have been told. Family Drug and Alcohol Courts (FDACs) are benefiting mothers and helping families re-unite, research by academics suggests. FDACs should be made "available more widely" and "sustained" long term, says a study by researchers from Brunel…
A local authority has spent more than £1m housing homeless families in Travelodge hotel rooms. Peterborough City Council confirmed it had run out of hostel beds and B&B rooms to house people after a spike in the number of families presenting as homeless. The authority's responsible service director, Adrian Chapman,…
Family courts need to stop believing the "myth" that men with a history of abusing women can be good fathers, an MP has said. Labour's Angela Smith said the "discredited" way of thinking has no place in the justice system, arguing that research shows a frequent link between domestic abuse…
Ministers have rejected claims the Government's Troubled Families initiative has been "a failure" and insisted it was successful. The Government was forced to defend the flagship programme after criticism was raised by peers. The initiative, launched in the wake of riots in 2011, aims to turn around the lives of…
Three children whose loving parents have "insurmountable" learning difficulties must be placed for adoption, a family court judge has ruled. Judge Anthony Cleary said council social services staff had worked with the children's parents for a "substantial period" in the hope of keeping the family together. But the judge said…
A free information service to help the children and families of prisoners in England and Wales has been launched by children’s charity, Barnardo’s. i-HOP (Information Hub on Offenders' families with children for Professionals) has been designed to help all professionals to identify and support the children and families of offenders.…
The most senior family court judge in England and Wales has been asked to make decisions about the future of a three-year-old girl who has been at the centre of litigation for almost all her life. A local family court judge, a High Court judge and several Court of Appeal…