Children Case Law Update - Winter 2018

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Course Overview

Developed with busy children law practitioners in mind, this 60-minute session will provide viewers with a round-up of key statutory developments, case law updates and themes which are influencing children law and practice.

Lecturer Safda Mahmood will examine the issues surrounding switching residence and domestic abuse with reference to the case of Re M- A (A Child) 2018 EWCA Civ 896 Court of Appeal and whether the mother’s social media campaign amounted to domestic abuse.  

Consideration will be given to Re A (a minor) (fact finding; unrepresented party) 2017 EWHC 1195 (Fam) in respect of the cross-examination of an alleged victim by the alleged abuser and PS v. BP 2018 EWHC 1987 (Fam), focussing on the use of McKenzie Friend and judge’s decision not to allow the father to cross-examine.  

During this session the following topics and relevant case law will also be discussed:

Disclosure of documents - Re G (A Child – Transparency in the Family Courts) 2018 EWHC 1301 (Fam)
Temporary removal application - Re D (A Child) (Temporary Relocation) 2018 EWHC 1571 (Fam)
Specific issue application for vaccinations - Re B (A Child: Immunisation) 2018 EWFC 56
Human Rights claims and the statutory charge - Northamptonshire CC & Another v. Lord Chancellor (via LAA) 2018 EWHC 1628 (Fam)
Breach of S.20 Children Act 1989 - Herefordshire Council v AB 2018 EWFC 10
Ward of court - Re A (Wardship: 17-year old: S.20 Accommodation) 2018 EWHC 1121 (Fam)
Discharge of care order - YZ v Leicester City Council and Others 2018 EWHC 2262 (Fam)
Adoption versus fostering - Re B-P (Children) (Adoption or Fostering) 2018 EWCA Civ 2042

The main changes in respect of the Special Guardianship (Wales) (Amendment) Regulations 2018 will also be examined.

What are the requirements?

  • Watch the recorded webinar, review the supporting documentation and complete the short quiz to test your legal knowledge.
  • This course provides 1 CPD point

Learning Outcomes

  • On completion of this course you will:
  • • Be aware of recent case law and statutory developments in children law
  • • Understand the importance of the developing case law in this area

What is the target audience?

  • Children law practitioners of all levels




About Instructor - Safda Mahmood

Safda is a senior solicitor, with a public authority, having had practiced in both Private Practice and Local Government. Safda is on the Law Society Children Panel and specialises in Children Law and Adoption. He delivers training across the country and writes regularly for various journals including Family Law Journal, Legal Executives Journal and Law Society Bulletin.

Course Curriculum

Recorded Webinars

  • Webinar

Supporting Documentation

  • Reference Notes
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  • Quiz


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