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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.

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Tuesday, 9 November 2010

All Party Parliamentary Group on Family Law & the Court of Protection

Over on Researching Reform Natasha Phillips has a number of posts about the newly formed All Party Parliamentary Group on Family Law & the Court of Protection to which she is the Secretary (& possibly co-founder). Mostyn J gave the opening and entertaining speech on What is Marriage? and you can link to the full text of it from Natasha's website. It is s great initiative and I am sure will be a valuable contribution to the debate about the family justice system.

1 comment:

Cornelius said...

It is extremely easy to open up the child protection system.

A child protection referral is a request for services under s17(1).

The request for services must result in NFA or a plan of the child's developmental outcomes and s17(1) services to promote those outcomes.

If the case goes to court in public law, s31(2)significant impairment of health and development is measured by the child's developmental outcomes. Ill treatment should dealt with under s47.

There is a statutory requirement under s2 Part 1 Schedule 2 for the local authority to publish these s17(1) services.

The process for assessment of a referral is described in the statutory guidance Framework for Assessment of Children in Need and their Families. Re B says this guidance must be followed in public law applications.

This is all it takes to open up the whole process.