News Essentials: 5th June 2021

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


Four out of five mothers given less than a week’s formal notice that their newborn baby might be removed
New statistics published on infants in care proceedings today reveal that the number of cases has continued to grow in England and Wales in recent years. Full story: Nuffield Family Justice Observatory.

Care leavers could receive extra housing support
Thousands of vulnerable people, including care leavers, will get more cash to pay their rent, thanks to changes to housing benefits. Full story: Family Law Week.

Number of children accommodated in secure homes decreases by 23 per cent
One hundred and forty-two children were accommodated in secure children's homes in England and Wales at 31 March 2021. Full story: Family Law Week.

Report Abuse in Education helpline receives hundreds of calls since April launch
The Report Abuse in Education helpline, run by the NSPCC, has received 353 calls since opening on 1 April. Full story: Family Law Week.

Court of Appeal warns against hasty email court orders
The Court of Appeal has warned of problems that can arise when applications and court orders are made via email, in the wake of a family case where a rapid online exchange led to a ‘wrong and unjust’ outcome. Full story: Law Society Gazette.


Q, R & S (Children), Re (RRO Application) [2021] EWHC 1492 (Fam) (28 May 2021)
Application by LA for a reporting restriction order in proceedings concerning three children whose mother was murdered by their father. Full report: Bailii.

Z (Recognition of Foreign Adoption: Refusal) [2020] EWHC 1829 (Fam) (20 May 2020)
Application for recognition of an adoption order made in Iran. Application refused. Full report: Bailii.