- Contact with children in care—ordinary principles apply during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic (Re D-S (contact with children in care: Covid-19)
- What are the practical implications of this case?
- What was the background?
- What did the court decide?
Family analysis: On an appeal by a mother against a decision at first instance not to order direct contact with her three children, where such contact had been discontinued during the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic but resumed prior to the matter reaching the Court of Appeal, the Court of Appeal decided to hear the appeal due to the ‘wider importance’ of the issue, noting that the court, when making its decision, does not defer to the local authority and the local authority is no more entitled than any other party to the proceedings to the benefit of any doubt. Lucy Logan Green, barrister, at 4 Paper Buildings analyses the issues.
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