Child Protection and the Family Court: What you Need to Know an established, invaluable, guide to the complex area of public child law with a focus on providing a clear and practical explanation of the law and procedure with an examination of the key cases and an emphasis on fact-based examples.
Fully updated and revised, the third edition builds on its predecessors following the bedding in of various changes in law including the creation of the Family Law Court, the introduction of further provisions in the Public Law Outline and the further development of case law and practice.
Key changes since the last edition that are covered include:
– The creation of the Family Court in 2014
– The introduction of the Public Law Outline and the 26-week ‘time limit’ for care proceedings
– The introduction of the Child Arrangements Programme for private law
– Significant case law developments in a number of areas, including in particular the court’s approach to decision-making in cases involving adoption/ placement for adoption (with consideration of the Supreme Court decision in Re B  UKSC 33 and Re B-S  EWCA Civ 1146), and in the approach to be taken when the child or parents are nationals of a foreign country
– Development of case law and guidance in cases involving ‘radicalisation’
– A new chapter on Special Guardianship which will be of particular interest to those (eg grandparents) who find themselves involved in legal proceedings but without access to legal aid
– More extensive use of diagrams, charts, etc in order to widen the book’s appeal to a broader audience including social workers, teachers and medical professionals as well as junior/non-specialist lawyers.
Sir Andrew McFarlane, who has been a specialist in child law for over 30 years, is currently the President of the Family Division of the High Court and Head of Family Justice in England and Wales.
Madeleine Reardon, barrister at 1 King’s Bench Walk, maintains a wide and versatile family law practice in public and private areas of children work, financial remedy proceedings and applications under Schedule 1 of the Children Act.
Alexander Laing, barrister at Coram Chambers, specialises in children and finance law, particularly cases with an international element. He is currently Young Barrister of the Year (Family Law Awards, 2018).