Tuesday, September 03, 2013

News Update: 3rd of September 2013

WELCOME to this week's Family Lore News Update (once again a thinner than usual summer holiday edition - enjoy them while they last!).

Online trolling of women is linked to domestic violence, say campaigners
Online trolling against women is linked to domestic violence and abuse, experts have warned, and should not be dismissed as "obnoxious but harmless" behaviour. Full story: The Guardian.

Tragedy of 4,000 babies placed on 'at risk' register... before they're born
Thousands of babies are being put on ‘at risk’ registers by social workers before they are even born, The Mail on Sunday can reveal. Full story: The Mail on Sunday.

Court orders return of 'shaken' baby to parents
Judge rules local authority has not proved case for care order on nine-month-old girl over bleeding on her brain. Full story: The Guardian.

Public appointments to the Family Justice Council
Christina Blacklaws, John Daly, District Judge Gordon-Saker, and Dominic Raeside have been appointed as members of the Family Justice Council. Full story: Ministry of Justice.

Judge rules divorcing couples must be honest with each other
A business tycoon who lied about his wealth in a £1.8m divorce settlement has been told he may have to pay more after a judge ruled couples have a duty to tell each other the truth when striking deals. Full story: The Telegraph.

Theresa May to demand police improve domestic violence handling
The home secretary has said she will speak to Parliament about how police in England and Wales can improve the way they handle domestic violence. Full story: BBC News.

Child Support Agency quarterly summary statistics: June 2013
A statistical report providing figures on caseloads, enforcement, appeals, collections and outstanding arrears. Full story: Department for Work and Pensions.

Hundreds of millions of pounds for children at risk under child maintenance reforms
More than £300 million in maintenance was collected for children from April to June this year, vital support which Gingerbread warns is at risk as the Child Support Agency prepares for closure. Full story: Gingerbread.

Childhood Lost campaign calls for ASBO-style restrictions to protect children
Childhood Lost, the campaign led by Nicola Blackwood, the Member of Parliament for Oxford West and Abingdon MP and supported by charities, parents of victims, police officers, is calling for new restrictions on sex offenders who have not been convicted. Full story: Family Law Week.

MK v JK & Ors [2013] EWHC 4334 (COP) (10 July 2012)
Application relating to the choice of nursing home for an 84 year old man suffering from dementia. Full report: Bailii.

Re W (Change of Name) [2013] EWCA (20 August 2013)
Appeal by mother against order requiring change of child's name to include the father's name. Appeal allowed. Report: Family Law.

Expert Evidence - Another Chapter in a Continuing Story
David Bedingfield, barrister at 4 Paper Buildings, sets the latest reforms relating to expert evidence in their historical context and considers the dilemmas which expert evidence has long presented to the courts. Full article: Family Law Week.

Judicial review, declarations and the accommodated child
"The inability of the courts to provide a unified system of family justice is highlighted by Redcar and Cleveland Borough Council v Others (Re B) [2013] EWCA Civ 964." Says David Burrows in this article on Family Law.

Triborough a little tenderness
A dash through the evaluation of the Tri-borough project aimed at completing care proceedings within 26 weeks. With a title like that, who else could this post be by than suesspiciousminds?

Enforcement of Contact
The Nuffield Foundation has published a research briefing regarding research undertaken in respect of enforcement of contact orders. Lucy Reed looks at it in this post on Pink Tape.

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