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.

Sunday, 7 December 2008

The Matthews Case in a nutshell

Following the conviction of Karen Matthews & Michael Donovan for the kidnap of Shannon, naturally there turns out to be a social services failing behind the Shannon Matthews case in that a psychological report in 2003 apparently concluded that Karen Matthews was unable to prioritise her children's needs above her own. See
Community Care on the council's decision to conduct a serious case review , the Daily Telegraph on Shannon being taken off the Child Protection Register , and on the amount of social services contact with the family. The Times also picks up on a second case in Kirklees in which a child was killed by a violent father, despite his teenage daughters trying to raise the alarm. Channel 4 draws all the strands together in a video clip and you can watch the Panorama documentary again on BBC iplayer .

The Guardian's coverage of the SCR announcement points out that Kirklees Council has a 4 star rating (the highest) as a local authority for efficiency.

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