Baby removed from parents over ‘abuse’ is found to have rare bruising condition

News reports are emerging today about a case of suspected non-accidental injury where the child was found to have a rare condition called Ehlers Danloss Syndrome (EDS) that could have accounted for the injuries.

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‘Couple awarded anonymity after breaching child contact order’

This was the headline in The Brief (Times legal e-newsletter) today. It relates to this case : Middlesbrough Borough Council v M & Ors [2016] EWFC 71 (08 December 2016)

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A simple question…

The Transparency Project ask a simple question of former MP John Hemming. After 3 weeks they are still awaiting the answer.

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Christopher Booker’s St George’s Day Myth

The end of the “astonishing story” of Teresa Kirk and the Court of Protection, which we wrote about in February this year, and previously, has turned out to be not quite the end of the story.

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Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children -v- Gard

The tragic case of Great Ormond Street Hospital for Children v Gard was heard in the High Court Family Division last week.

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The Children and Social Work Bill

Roger Allen Birch examines children and welfare issues in the context of local authority duties and the potential impact of the Children and Social Work Bill currently being considered by Parliament.

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Too Middle Class to be a Good Mum?

Don’t let the facts get in the way of a good story.

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Grandmother, 53, who refused to help social workers find her three-year-old grandchild is held in prison for two days after council bosses said she was in contempt of court

We said we’d re-visit this February 2017 article from the Daily Mail once we had sight of Peter Jackson J’s judgment of his decision not to commit grandmother Alison Moutiq.

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Christopher Booker is puzzled

Christopher Booker is “puzzled” by our “child protection” system, and in particular some things about the Samantha Baldwin case.

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Good Work Mr Work – but is it GENIUS Work? Nope.

The case of Work v Gray has been in the news this week, as the Court of Appeal dealt with Mr Work’s attempt to overturn a decision that his wife should get a half share of their fortune.

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Re W : a most difficult and concerning case of its type

Re W is a very long judgment. Re W (A Child) [2017] EWHC 829 (Fam) (06 March 2017). This post is but an outline of it and does not cover the details in full.

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‘Gross and obvious irregularity’ by a family court judge – LL v the Lord Chancellor

An unusual case from the Court of Appeal was published on BAILII this week, in which a High Court judge was criticised for ‘gross and obvious irregularity’ in dealing with a father in a family hearing and, as a result, the Lord Chancellor (i.e. the Ministry of Justice, not Ms Truss personally) may be liable for damages.

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Bone marrow transplants and struck off doctors

SW, Re [2017] EWCOP 7 (12 April 2017).

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Samantha Baldwin – another side to a very sad story

The children were found safely last week and today there was a hearing from which further information has emerged. As predicted, there are (at least) two sides to this story, and today some hitherto unheard aspects of the story were summarised by His Honour Judge Lea.

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In which MacDonald J asks the question and answers it in paragraph 1 of the judgment

HB v A Local Authority & Another  (Wardship Costs funding order) 2017.

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That’s when I start promising the world to a brand new girl I don’t even know yet

C (A Child), Re (No 2) (Application for Public Interest Immunity) [2017] EWHC 692 (Fam) (31 March 2017).

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Police hunt for mother who has abducted her own children – what on earth is going on?

We’ve had a couple of suggestions that we write about the case of Samantha Baldwin and her two sons, because this hit the headlines in the last couple of days, following their disappearance shortly after a Family Court hearing.

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