Child Care News

Boy living as a girl is removed from his mother's care

A seven-year-old boy who has been "living life entirely as a girl" has been removed from his mother's care after a recent ruling. The Judge, Mr Justice Hayden, said the mother had caused her son “significant emotional harm”...

6-12 June 2016. Child Safety Week

Child Safety Week is an annual campaign to raise awareness of the risks of child accidents and how they can be prevented. This year’s campaign runs from 6-12 June with the theme of "Turn off technology!" Sadly, too many road traffic...

Sam Jackson appointed to Law Societys children panel

This week our congratulations go to Sam Jackson, a solicitor at our Halifax office. Sam has just been appointed as a member of the Law Society’s Children Panel and will now be able to represent children within care proceedings. As a Qualified Duty...

Liberal Democrats would introduce four weeks' additional paternity leave

The Liberal Democrats have revealed manifesto plans to give fathers an extra four weeks' paternity leave, in addition to the current two weeks. Further details are expected when the Liberal Democrats publish their pre-manifesto document. Find out more...

Children to be given greater voice in private/public law proceedings

The Government has announced plans to provide children over the age of 10 with a greater voice in care proceedings and private law proceedings (involving where a child is to live). Currently, the Children Act 1989 requires the court to consider “the...

Child maintenance application fees introduced

The Minister for Pensions has announced the introduction of charges for people applying to the Child Maintenance Service which take effect this week. All new applicants to the Child Maintenance Service from 30 June 2014 will be charged a one-off application...

Child maintenance service a change for the better

Last year the Government announced plans to replace the Child Support Agency (CSA) with the Child Maintenance Service (CMS). The CMS is currently being rolled out on a gradual basis amid concerns that, unlike the old CSA, use of the new Child Maintenance...

Goodbye Residence and Contact Orders, Hello Child Arrangement Orders

From 22nd April 2014, Residence and Contact Orders were replaced by Child Arrangements Orders. The new Child Arrangements Orders include the practical arrangements for children in private law and will do away with terminology which was previously...

Japan Announces Plans to Join International Child Abduction Treaty

It has been announced that Japan plans to join the Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction, in 2014. Japan Announces Plans to Join International Child Abduction Treaty It has been announced that Japan plans to join the Hague...

Constructive Dismissal: Business Briefing

This business briefing sets out the key issues a business needs to understand when an employee makes a claim for constructive dismissal. Constructive dismissal: business briefing This business briefing sets out the key issues a business needs to...