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The purpose of the 2013 Protocol and Good Practice Model: Disclosure of information in cases of alleged child abuse and linked criminal and care direction hearings (the protocol), which came into force on 1 January 2014, was to seek to ensure as far as possible, and within the bounds of the duty of confidentiality, that where a criminal investigation was commenced, or where a prosecution was brought, that the local authority and those involved in relevant care proceedings were made aware of the same. The protocol is also aimed at ensuring that the police and Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) are made aware in a timely fashion of requests for disclosure of criminal material into the family forum, and to enable the police and CPS to receive information relating to the care proceedings.
There is no equivalent protocol in respect of linked criminal and private law proceedings. Unlike in care proceedings, in p
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