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.

Monday, 22 September 2008

News roundup

Rather to my surprise, the GMC has lifted the ban on Paediatrician Professor David Southall according to the Times with immediate effect, commenting on his apparent expressions of remorse and regret at the fitness-to-practise hearing last month. See also this story in the Independent about the concerns of Paediatricians over the GMC's approach to disciplinary matters and the impact on child protection work. There is a further High Court challenge relating to complaints against Professor Southall due to be heard in February next year. It is a moot point whether he should ever be instructed as an expert witness.

The Times also reports on this interesting divorce case in which a wife has been ordered £50,000 a year for the maintenance of ... her horses.

Mediation is discussed in an article by Kate Duncan in the Law Society Gazette .

The BBC reports that the Government is to sign the UN Convention on the rights of the child after 17 years of maintaining an opt-out in relation to child immigrants & judicial detention.

At last there is some sympathetic coverage in the Times for the family justice system when Frances Gibb was given access to court sitting alongside Mr Justice Hedley.

I make no apologies to a number of links to articles on Community Care all of which make interesting reading for the family law practitioner.


Community Care reports on the plans by Ofsted for more frequent inspections of Cafcass.

Community Care also carries an interview with the NSPCC consultant who advised the BBC over the Eastenders paedophile grooming story.

Community Care also comments on the huge increase in the number of special guardianship orders, figures for the year ending 31 Merch 2008 having been recently published by the DCSF (pdf file). The figures cover all aspects of the care system.

Community Care reviews an excellent international literature review on research relating to children living with domestic abuse and its implications for practice.

Finally Community Care covers the issue of childhood obesity .

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