About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Tuesday, 29 April 2008

News Roundup

It's been a busy week in the news for family law subjects.

I am sure we have all been riveted by the Austrian family story with over 2,400 stories on Google news .

On Community Care there are stories about a Parliamentary debate on so-called forced adoptions , impending discussions between the LGA & the government about funding for the care issue fee hike & reports from TACT that foster carers are being pressured into applying for special guardianship .

The Telegraph has a long feature on divorced mothers as single parents & the legalities of leaving children alone or with a sitter .

The Observer features a high-profile appeal for foster carers supported by Cherie Blair.


The Times had a piece by DJ Gerlis critical of the fees hike for care proceedings.

The BBC reports on the non-prosecution of a doctor for the evidence he gave in the trial of Marianne Williams, the rather surprising two year community sentence handed down to Dr David Moore, Consultant at Birmingham Children's Hospital for downloading child pornography (GMC hearing to follow), Cardiff University research on the growth in violence towards children (more than double in the last year), & the the cost of violence towards women (£40 billion a year).

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