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‘Between a rock and a hard place’ – Re B-S and 26 weeks

Date:27 MAR 2015
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Julie Doughty law lecturer at Cardiff University and editor of Seen and Heard

Inconsistent quality and practice in undertaking viability assessments was amongst a range of hot topics discussed at Nagalro’s spring conference on care proceedings held on 16 March. Current practice at the initial stage in assessing potential kinship carers emerged as a major problem in ensuring that all realistic placement options for children have been explored in the spirit of Re B-S ([2013] EWCA Civ 1146 [2014] 1 FLR 1035).

Almost 150 lawyers social workers expert witnesses and other family justice practitioners had gathered at St Catherine’s College Oxford to consider the dilemmas posed by the tensions that can arise between the Family Court’s requirement for a global holistic evaluation of the options for placing a child under a care order and the time limit of 26 weeks imposed on care proceedings under the Children and Families Act 2014. The day conference was chaired by the President of the...

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