Jake Richards, 9 Gough ChambersThis article argues that the suspension on prison visits during this period and the deficiency of measures to mitigate the impact of this on family life and to protect...
(Court of Appeal; Thorpe, Etherton and Tomlinson LJJ; 11 March 2011)
The mother was refused permission to bring a contact order application. At issue was whether the judge was plainly wrong. The mother was still caring for the younger brother of the adopted child. There was a real improvement in the mother's capacity.
In allowing a birth mother's appeal against the refusal of permission to apply for contact with the adopted child, the Court emphasised the Art 8 rights of the adopted child's brother.