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/ 28 Apr 2011

Care proceedings hit all time high

March 2011 saw the highest number of care applications ever issued in a single month. A total of 882 new applications were issued by local authorities across England.

 

Less than a month later, however, and the case of Kent CC v A Mother [2011] EWHC 402, highlights a series “alarming” failures in the practices and procedures that local authority in child care proceedings.

Mr Justice Baker stressed the lack of compliance with “Good Practice on Working with Parents with a Learning Disability”, repeated failure to take steps which may have prevented abuse, a “deplorable” breach of duty to comply with statutory obligations concerning private fostering arrangements, “seriously deficient” record keeping procedures and “wholly unsatisfactory” disclosure.

Care proceedings are very stressful and upsetting for family members. Quality legal advice is therefore of the utmost importance. Hanne & Co have a specialist child care law team and possess significant experience in dealing with local authorities. Four of our experienced child care law solicitors are accredited children panel specialists also representing children in child care proceedings. Our child care law team are able to advise and assist on a host of matters involving local authorities, from initial social services involvement through to issues relating to adoption and special guardianship.

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