News Essentials: 16th October 2017

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

Guidance given in important hair strand testing judgment
Practices of testers affirmed and suggestions made for report writing. Full story: Family Law Week. See report, below.

Cafcass Chief Executive addresses the rising number of children in care
LGA Conference hears that number of looked after children has reached a new high of 72,670. Full story: Family Law Week.

Cafcass private law demand
In September 2017, Cafcass received a total of 3,637 new private law cases. This is a 4% increase compared with those received in September 2016. Full story: Cafcass.

Care applications in September 2017
In September 2017, Cafcass received a total of 1,109 care applications. This figure represents a 10% decrease compared with those received in September 2016. Full story: Cafcass.

Fifth of CPS cases are alleged sex crimes or domestic abuse
Report says 19.3% of prosecutors’ caseload involves such alleged offences, compared with 7.1% a decade ago. Full story: The Guardian.

Boys with ‘narcissistic cult’ mindset removed from mother’s care
Three teenage brothers, who believed they were intellectually superior, had suffered physical and emotional harm, judge told. Full story: The Guardian. See report, below.

FE v MR & Ors [2017] EWHC 2298 (Fam) (14 September 2017)
Judgment dealing with issue of whether the court should submit a request to the courts of Spain for the transfer of proceedings concerning two children. Full report: Bailii.

DP v PC [2017] EWHC 2387 (Fam) (01 September 2017)
Appeal by father against summary dismissal of contact application. Appeal allowed. Full report: Bailii.

P & Ors (Human Fertilisation And Embryology Act 2008) (No 2) [2017] EWHC 2532 (Fam) (13 October 2017)
Further judgment in cases where there had been administrative failures by clinic providing IVF treatment, concerning the need for the failures to be resolved by obtaining an order of the court. Full report: Bailii.

L-S (Child) [2017] EWCA Civ 1551 (12 October 2017)
Application by mother for permission to appeal against decisions made in 2016 concerning arrangements for a 12 year old child, focusing on whether the judge was wrong to refuse to re-open his original findings in the light of new material. Full report: Bailii.

Northumberland County Council v S (Mother) & Ors [2017] EWHC 2432 (Fam) (23 June 2017)
Application by local authority for permission to invoke the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court in relation to a 14 year old boy in care, in order to place him at a residential school in Scotland. Full report: Bailii.

S v S (Relocation) [2017] EWHC 2345 (Fam) (14 September 2017)
Application by father to remove his two sons, to live with him in Switzerland. Application granted, but father and lawyers for children criticised by judge. Full report: Bailii.

H (A Child : Hair Strand Testing) [2017] EWFC 64 (29 September 2017)
Judgment in care proceedings considering the science of hair-strand testing for cocaine, and the way in which expert reports on the test results are presented. Full report: Bailii.

The London Borough of Wandsworth v M & Ors (Rev 2) [2017] EWHC 2435 (Fam) (03 October 2017)
Care proceedings concerning three boys with ‘narcissistic cult’ mindset. Full report: Bailii.

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