News Essentials: 16th January 2017

A brief summary of the essential family law news and cases from the last week:

Three-quarters of social workers oppose ‘power to innovate’ provisions
LAs should not be permitted to opt out of statutory duties to children and families. Full story: Family Law Week.

Sixteen new family law silks appointed
Sixteen family lawyers have been included among the new Queen's Counsel appointed today (12 January 2017). Full story: Family Law.

Civil partnership for only same-sex couples is ‘discriminatory’
Private members bill receives cross-party support ahead of Commons debate. Full story: Solicitors Journal.

Care applications in December 2016
In December 2016, Cafcass received a total of 1,068 care applications.  This figure represents a 3% decrease compared with those received in December 2015. Full story: Cafcass.

Cafcass private law demand
In December 2016, Cafcass received a total of 2,938 new private law cases. This is a 1% increase on December 2015 levels. Full story: Cafcass.

Foster carer left with no support for 6 years following dispute with local authority over placement
A family and friends foster carer who took on three vulnerable children after their mother was unable to care for them, failed to get council support for the arrangement for 6 years. Full story: Family Law.

MB v GK & Ors (No 2) Wardship (Welfare) [2017] EWHC 16 (Fam) (17 November 2016)
Wardship proceedings concerning 4 year old child currently living in Singapore in the care of his paternal grandparents. Full report: Bailii.

N (Deprivation of Liberty Challenge) [2016] EWCOP 47 (21 November 2016)
Deprivation of liberty challenge by man in his 40s under continuous supervision and control. Full report: Bailii.

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