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Salford CC v W & Ors (Religion and Declaration of Looked After Status) [2021] EWHC 61 (Fam)

Date:29 JAN 2021
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(Family Division, MacDonald J, 19 January 2021)

Public law children – Special guardianship – Prohibited steps order – Change of religion – Designated local authority

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Neutral Citation Number: [2021] EWHC 61 (Fam)

Case No: MA20P02172/NR18C01387


Sitting Remotely

Date: 19 January 2021 




Salford City Council

- and -

First Respondent


Second Respondent


Y and Z
Third and Fourth Respondents

B, C, D, E and F
(Children acting through their Children’s Guardian) 

Fifth to Ninth Respondents


Ms Ruth Cabeza (instructed by Manchester City Council) for the Applicant
Ms Lorraine Cavanagh QC and Ms Niamh Ross (instructed by Fosters Solicitors) for the First Respondent
The Second Respondent did not appear and was not represented
Ms Elizabeth Isaacs QC and Ms Yvonne Healing (instructed by Kenneth Bush Solicitors) for the Third and Fourth Respondents
Ms Caroline Leggeat (instructed by Alfred Newton Solicitors) for the Fifth to Ninth Respondents

Hearing dates: 18 December 2020


Approved Judgment

I direct that no official shorthand note shall be taken of this Judgment and that copies of this version as handed down may be treated as authentic. Covid-19 Protocol: This judgment was handed down remotely by circulation to the parties' representatives by email.  The date and time for hand-down is deemed to be at 10.30am on 19 January 2021.


This judgment was delivered in private. The Judge has given permission for this anonymised version of the judgment (and any of the facts and matters contained in it) to be published on condition always that the names and the addresses of the parties and the children must not be published.  For the avoidance of doubt, the strict prohibition on publishing the names and addresses of the parties and the children will continue to apply where that information has been obtained by using the contents of this judgment to discover information already in the public domain. All persons, including representatives of the media, must ensure that these conditions are strictly complied with.  Failure to do so will be a contempt of court.

Judgment: Salford CC v W and Ors (Religion and Declaration of Looked After Status) [2021] EWHC 61 (Fam)


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