News Essentials: 12th February 2022

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


Judge raps council after 13-year-old boy unlawfully deprived of his liberty for five months
A Family Court judge has sharply criticised a local authority over its failure to seek the court’s authorisation of a deprivation of liberty of a 13-year-old boy. Full story: Local Government Lawyer.

Updated ABE interview guidance published
The Ministry of Justice, in conjunction with the National Police Chiefs' Council, has published the latest update to guidance on interviewing victims and witnesses and using special measures. Full story: Family Law Week.

Cross border DOLS placements in Scotland are ‘not in any way’ an ideal situation for children says SASW
On 02 February 2022 the Scottish Association of Social Workers ("SASW") responded to the Scottish government's policy position paper published in January regarding cross-border placements of children. Full story: Family Law Week.

New figures indicate an average of 669 child protection referrals were made by the police a day in 2020/2021
On 01 February 2022, the NSPCC released new statistics as to the number of referrals from the Police in England and Wales to social services in 2020/2021. Full story: Family Law Week.


F v M [2021] EWFC B101 (24 June 2021)
Final hearing of child arrangements proceedings in which the mother was found to have alienated the children. Ordered that children live with father. Full report: Bailii.

AB (A Child : human rights) [2021] EWFC B100 (01 April 2021)
Judgment concerning a 13 year old child who was confined in a residential unit without lawful authority. Full report: Bailii.

RR v Secretary of State for Work and Pensions and PR (CSM) (Child support - calculation of income, variation/departure directions: just and equitable) [2022] UKUT 7 (AAC) (10 January 2022)
Child support - 2012 scheme - Child Support Maintenance Calculation Regulations 2012 regulation 70 (variation where non-resident parent on flat rate with gross weekly income) and regulation 73 - drawdowns from non-resident parent's pension pot to pay legal fees and to meet ancillary relief order - just and equitable requirement - Child Support Act 1991 s.28F and RC v CMEC and WC [2009] UKUT 62 (AAC) considered. Full report: Bailii.