Public children

Public children guidance:

Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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General Adoption applications generally arise in three situations: • when children are the subject of placement orders, usually in the context of care proceedings, see...

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Principles With the abolition of the power to apply for freeing orders, the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002) introduced a framework for authorising the placement...

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Changes were made in relation to appeals as a result of the introduction of the single Family Court with effect from 22 April 2014, see Practice Note: Appeals—general...

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Circumstances in which a special guardianship order may be made The court may make a special guardianship order (SGO): • as the result of a free-standing application by...

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Chapter 1 of the Children and Social Work Act 2017 (CASWA 2017) introduces an obligation on local authorities to consider additional general needs, known as principles,...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which courts...

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Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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This Practice Note details the circumstances in which a child may be a party to public law children proceedings, the procedure for the appointment of a children's...

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Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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Planning for adoption and contact The issue of contact must be addressed in the social worker’s permanency report and also by the agency decision-maker. In the rare cases...

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General principles In children proceedings the general rule that costs will follow the event does not apply. Express statutory provision is made in the Family Procedure...

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This Practice Note aims to provide guidance on the often controversial issue of local authority designation for the purposes of section 31 of the Children Act 1989 (ChA...

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Duration of special guardianship orders A special guardianship order (SGO) will continue until the child attains the age of 18 unless it is discharged sooner by an order...

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General If there are concerns that a child is not being properly educated, but these are part of a wider picture of a child who is more generally suffering (or at risk of...

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This Practice Note deals with evidence in public children proceedings including admissibility, credibility, competence and compellability. It also details the provisions...

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This Practice Note deals with expert evidence in public law children proceedings, including in care and adoption proceedings. It details the relevant statutory provisions...

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The general principles about adoption are contained in section 1 of the Adoption and Children Act 2002 (ACA 2002). They variously apply to a court, an adoption agency, or...

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All family lawyers should be knowledgeable about the Human Rights Act 1998 (HRA 1998) and the European Convention on Human Rights (ECHR), which is incorporated into HRA...

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This Practice Note sets out the requirements in relation to interim orders in public children proceedings including the criteria and nature of interim orders and the...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the decision of the UK on 23 June 2016 to leave the EU. This has implications for practitioners, inter alia, when considering which...

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This Practice Note is impacted by the exit of the UK from the EU on 31 January 2020. This has implications for practitioners considering which courts have jurisdiction to...

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Learning disabled parents make up a significant proportion of parents involved in care proceedings, and since the number of care cases issued has increased dramatically...

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Background Every party to care proceedings is entitled to a fair hearing, and the parents and child are entitled to the protection of their art 6 rights (right to a fair...

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Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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Please note the information in this Practice Note relates to the current law in England. The law in Wales in this area is covered by the Social Services and Well-being...

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