Every Child in Need

The Department of Education is proposing wide-ranging changes to the legal framework which protects society’s most vulnerable children throughout England and Wales, removing the obligation on Local Authorities to act swiftly in assessing the needs of children at potential risk. The proposals are set out in a consultation which runs until 4th September 2012 (https://www.education.gov.uk/aboutdfe/departmentalinformation/consultations/a00211065/revised-safeguarding-guidance.). […]

Modernising family justice

A High Court Judge, Mr Justice Ryder, has been considering proposals for modernising the whole family justice system.  His report was published on 31 July 2012 and can be found here.  There are a number of quite radical recommendations to be introduced in two phases by 2014.  Some of the main points are: A single […]