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CARE: Re L (Care: Threshold Criteria)
Date:26 OCT 2006

(Family Division; Hedley J; 26 October 2006)

In a case involving parents with severe learning difficulties, the local authority failed to make out the threshold criteria. Making findings of domestic violence, identifying the children as children in need, and acknowledging that the children had suffered harm in the past, and were likely to do so in the future, attributable to the parenting they received, the judge noted that significant harm must be something unusual, more than commonplace human failure or inadequacy.