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A family court judge has raised concern about the lack of support offered to a woman with a low IQ who suffered "extreme abuse". Judge Stephen Wildblood said the woman, who was in her mid-20s and had an IQ of 66, had not been offered "therapeutic support" although there had…
Family court judges have a crisis on their hands because council social services bosses are making more applications for children to be taken from the care of parents, the most senior judge in England and Wales has suggested. Lord Thomas, the Lord Chief Justice (pictured), said last year saw a…
Six children have been taken from the care of a couple whose "fundamental" disagreements over parenting led to "turbulence and worse" in their home. A family court judge said the woman had a "more relaxed" parenting style but the man was "firmer". Judge Ross Duggan said the woman talked about…
A policewoman who says her two-year-old son was wrongly taken from her care following an investigation by council social workers has lost the latest round of a court battle. The officer says the little boy accidentally fell over a stair gate and bruised his groin. But she says a social…
A senior judge has ruled a "thwarted" mother was treated unfairly and unlawfully when she was not given a proper chance to challenge a local authority's plans to place her child with prospective adopters. The judge ruled Essex County Council social workers "deliberately for welfare reasons sought to prevent (the…
Council social services bosses unlawfully allowed the surname of two sisters to be changed before they were adopted, a family court judge has concluded. Judge James Meston said bosses had allowed the girls' names to be changed to the names of a couple aiming to adopt before an adoption process…
A council social worker who told a couple that it might be harder to place their baby son for adoption if he was christened has been criticised by a family court judge. She said adoption attempts might be hindered if the little boy, now about 15 months old, was "christened…
A father-of-four has lost the latest round of a "worrying" family court battle over the care of his youngest child. Social workers at Brighton & Hove City Council had raised welfare concerns shortly after the little girl, now four, was born. Judges have been told that the children's mother had…
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