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.

Wednesday, 15 April 2009

Care proceedings roundup

The Times accuses Jack Straw of a confidence trick over media access to the courts and Lucy Reed comments as does Camilla Cavendish .

The Guardian reports that child protection authorities yesterday said they hoped to return an eight-year-old boy to his mother who had hit him with a hairbrush as soon as possible, but defended their decision to take him into care.

The BBC covers children in secure units to accompany their broadcasts Inside the Child Prisons Episode 1 .

Also on the BBC : police mistakes meant a chance to charge Baby P's mother with assaulting him was missed several weeks before his death, an unpublished report says. The same story in the Guardian .


The Times reports on an eight-year-old boy taken into care in Yeovil because his mother smacked him with a hairbrush for refusing to get dressed for school. The Guardian follows up with the Council's response and its hopes to return the child to the mother soon.

From Community Care - three social workers have been disciplined by Haringey Council after the north London authority found a backlog of child protection cases had not been dealt with in the wake of the Baby P scandal.

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