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New guidance for local authorities to deal with cross-border child protection cases

09 Jan 2021

On 6 January 2020 the DfE issued new guidance for local authorities to deal with cross-border child protection cases. The new guidance is required because, for countries in the EU, these issues would previously have been dealt with under a European... Read more

Family Justice Board statement on priorities in family justice

14 Dec 2020

The Family Justice Board statement on priorities for the family justice system. This sets out the planned priorities to deal with the backlog of cases which we now face as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.   Download the statement... Read more

Article 39 Court of Appeal judgment. DoE is NOT seeking to appeal.

‘The Adoption and Children (Coronavirus) (Amendment) Regulations 2020’ -statutory instrument: no 445

11 Dec 2020

The Court of Appeal found the Secretary of State for Education to have acted unlawfully in removing safeguards for children in care by failing to consult the Children’s Commissioner and other bodies representing the rights of children in care before... Read more

Nagalro response to the Cafcass protocol for the prioritisation of casework.

25 Nov 2020

Nagalro response to the Cafcass protocol for the prioritisation of casework. Nagalro is in the process of investigating the decision by Cafcass to only allocate the highest priority work in South Yorkshire and Humberside.  Nagalro is very... Read more

Nagalro Guidance to Members during the November 2020 Lockdown

06 Nov 2020

Please click on this link to download the Guidance. Read more

Message from the Lord Chief Justice and senior President of Tribunals re new Covid-19 restrictions for England

02 Nov 2020

To read the message please click on this link https://www.judiciary.uk/announcements/message-from-the-lord-chief-justice-and-senior-president-of-tribunals-new-covid-19-restrictions-for-england/   Read more

Remote hearings in the family justice system: September 2020 follow-up consultation

27 Oct 2020

The President of the Family Division asked the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory to undertake a rapid consultation on the use of remote hearings in the family court. The consultation ran for a two-week period from 14 to 28 April 2020 and well over... Read more

Article in CYPN: Critics Accuse DfE of 'Sinking to New Low' over revised consultation results

14 Sep 2020

This article by Children and Young People Now and published on their website is copied below or can be downloaded by clicking on this link: ... Read more

Children’s Commissioner’s report on children being placed in unregulated accommodation published 10 September 2020

10 Sep 2020

In her report today, Ann Longfield, the Children’s Commissioner for England calls for a ban on the use of unregulated accommodation for children in care. She says: At the moment, some of the country’s most vulnerable teenagers are being housed in... Read more

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory - latest research on contact for children in care

six key messages about contact for children in care or adopted

09 Sep 2020

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory sets out six key messages about contact for children in care or adopted which come from the latest research. Click here to read the full report. September 2020 Read more

Court of Appeal decision about how to approach parents having contact with children during the COVID-19 pandemic

15 Aug 2020

The Court of Appeal handed down its decision in Re D-S (Children) which explains how we should approach decisions around contact between parents and children who are subject to interim care orders.  To read full judgment Re D-S (Contact with... Read more

Community Care Article - Black and ethnic minority social workers disproportionately subject to fitness to practise investigations

31 Jul 2020

Black and ethnic minority social workers disproportionately subject to fitness to practise investigations Social Work England promises action as figures show disproportionately low number of ethnic minority panel members making decisions about... Read more

Multi-agency statutory guidance on female genital mutilation

30 Jul 2020

This statutory guidance is being issued by the Government under section 5C(1) of the Female Genital Mutilation Act 20031 and extends to England and Wales only. Section 5C(1) states   Click here to download the guidance Read more

Nagalro Press Release and Briefing Paper regarding reform of the Child Welfare Reporter Role in Scotland

28 Jul 2020

NAGALRO URGES REFORM OF THE CHILD WELFARE REPORTER ROLE 25 August 2020 - Latest News 1) The amendment to the Children (Scotland) Act re Child Welfare Reports only being authored by registered Social Workers was formally withdrawn by the... Read more

Nagalro Anti Racist Statement

15 Jul 2020

There can be no conceivable justification for the killing, by slow asphyxia, of George Floyd, who was handcuffed at the time of his death.  The protests across the world... Read more

MoJ report on Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases

26 Jun 2020

The Ministry of Justice has today published the Final Report on “Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases”, by the panel of experts undertaking the work. In May 2019 the Ministry of Justice convened a panel of... Read more

Charlie Taylor's review of pain-inducing restraint

19 Jun 2020

The Ministry of Justice published on 18 June a review of the use of pain-inducing restraint authorised for use on children as young as 10 during their journeys to and from custodial institutions, and within child prisons. The review, led by the... Read more

The Family Court and Covid-19 - The Road Ahead

09 Jun 2020

From the Office of the the President of the Family courts. This document seeks to establish a broad framework for the Family Court by attempting to chart the road ahead over the next six months or... Read more

FLBA Video Conferencing Guide CVP

05 Jun 2020

The FLBA have produced this guide for advocates using the new Cloud Video Platform (‘CVP’) for video hearings. This information will help those who are asked to give evidence at a remote hearing using this particular platform.  CVP is an online... Read more

Children's Commissioner report: 'We're all in this together'

Local area profiles of child vulnerability

30 Apr 2020

April 2020 The Children’s Commissioner’s local area profiles of child vulnerability provide a way for councils to understand which groups of children are likely to be at risk under lockdown, and how many children in their area fall into those... Read more