Children

The assumption of a duty of care

A public authority can assume responsibility towards someone by inference from its conduct towards them, as Laurence Toczek explains following the Supreme Court’s re-evaluation of the Caparo test

Civil discontent

The criminal and family courts have made strides in support for vulnerable parties – are the civil courts finally about to catch up? Rachel Rothwell reports

New guidelines to be written for pre-birth care proceedings

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO) has pledged to develop the first national, evidence-based guidelines for professionals undertaking care proceedings involving newborn babies.

Speeding up disclosure of police records

The 2013 protocol can be a useful tool in private Children Act cases where you need to obtain police records, as Mariko Wilso

Court of Appeal: family judges must justify adjournments

Judges in family cases should not adjourn final decisions simply to “press the pause button” the Court of Appeal ha

Domestic abuse victims’ voices to be heard

Domestic abuse survivors have been asked by government for their experiences of how the family court protects them and their children in private famil

MoJ shines a light on child protection

The Ministry of Justice has launched a three-month inquiry into child protection in family courts after more than 120 MPs called for a review on behalf of victims of domesti