News Essentials: 5th June 2017

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

International family law arbitration scheme announced
Scheme will avoid forum litigation. Full story: Family Law Week.

New guidance on changes in the use of Cafcass professional time
New guidance has been issued by the chief executives of Cafcass and Cafcass Cymru, dealing with changes in the use of Cafcass professional time to bring most benefit to children within the resources available. Full story: Family Law.

About 350,000 children benefiting from 2012 child maintenance scheme
Intake of cases increases by 15 per cent over the last year. Full story: Family Law Week.

Serious case review criticises ‘incident-focused’ social work response to domestic abuse
A review into the death of a four-week-old baby also criticised 'subtle hierarchies' between local agencies. Full story: Community Care.

Children accommodated in secure children's homes: 31 March 2017
Statistics on approved placements by type, gender, age and length of stay. Full story: Department for Education.

Great Ormond Street Hospital -v- Yates and Gard
UKSC to hear arguments on permission to appeal in Charlie Gard case on 8 June. Full story: Supreme Court.

CD (Notice of care proceedings to father without parental responsibility) [2017] EWFC 34 (24 May 2017)
Care proceedings in respect of 3 children. Application by local authority for an order that the father of one of the children, who does not have parental responsibility, should not be served with notice of the proceedings. Full report: Bailii.

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