Social workers should not hide – they are accountable to all of us

Child protection social workers are agents of the state, says Lucy Reed.

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The shaggy dog that turned out to be a woolly sheep

As long ago as April a number of lawyers began asking questions to clarify public criticisms made by John Hemming about a case dealt with in the family court.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Should I apply for an Emergency Protection Order?

We’ve noticed that in a recent post the Researching Reform blog has highlighted the fact that it is possible for a parent to make an application for an Emergency Protection Order, an emergency order that is usually only made by social services to remove a child from home.

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Mediation and the judge’s letter to ‘Sam’

Judges need to ‘use their imaginations’.

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National Centre for Domestic Violence

There is a very concerning piece abut the National Centre for Domestic Violence (NCDV) on Buzzfeed : A Major UK Domestic Violence Organisation Faces Accusations Of Failing Victims And Taking Inappropriate Payments.

Full post: Pink Tape

Hart Felt: (Non)Matrimonial Money in Hart v Hart

There have been a few articles in the newspapers about the latest judgment in Hart v Hart, a long-running case about the financial outcome of Mr and Mrs Hart’s divorce proceedings.

Full post: The Transparency Project

Sinister, Secretive and Cruel – A Fair Characterisation?

Lara Prendergast wrote a piece in The Spectator last week that ran under this headline :
The sinister power of Britain’s family courts – Even if decisions are obviously cruel and unjust, the public is often not allowed to know.

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Solicitors in a state of flux

On 31 August the Court of Appeal handed down the judgment in the big money case of Mr and Mrs Hart.

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Justice: how open in family proceedings?

The term ‘private’ is not defined. Plainly it is something different from ‘open court’; but does it mean entirely secret, or confidential, or does it mean only that public may be admitted if the court agrees?

Full post: dbfamilylaw

The value of pre-trial preparations in care proceedings

A case determining the care plans for seven children offers practitioners useful guidance on how advocates and judges can approach pre-trial preparations to the good of all sides.

Full post: Family Law Blog

Representation of children and their rights

Law on child’s rights to representation and legal aid.

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The most secretive court in all of Christendom…

Recent coverage of the placement of a 5 year old Christian girl with a muslim foster family that spoke no English has generated much outrage and media attention this week.

Full post: The Transparency Project