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, 15 February 2009

Social Services roundup

A series of articles about child deaths, serious case reviews and criticisms of social services.

Community Care and the Telegraph report on the case of Rhys Biggs involving Camden & Newham.

The boyfriend of a mother of a 2 year old inflicted 107 injuries on her and was sentenced to 23 years. The child was not known to Kirklees SSD .

Community Care reports Ofsted's denial that the resignation of the Director of Children's Services has got anything to do with the Haringey inspection .

The Mirror reports on a case in which Hedley J has upheld a care order where a father was deemed to be a risk as a result of an injury to a child of his several years ago and about which at the time there was no judicial determination. The implication of the article is that Hedley J heard evidence from Neil Stoodley versus Wayney Squier and preferred Stoodley. A concern is that the original brain scans have been lost.


The Mail on Sunday has an in-depth piece about the number of child deaths each year, SCRS, whether they should be published in full and research carried out by John Hemming MP .

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