Legal unease

Problem solving courts ‘future’ for children involved in justice system – Munby A fundamental re-balancing of the family court towards “what ought to be its true role as a problem-solving court” is “urgently required”, Sir James Munby, President of the family division told the audience at the annual Parmoor Lecture, hosted by the Howard League…

Lasting liability

A 40 year old woman, who was placed in care by Nottinghamshire County Council when she was seven, has won a landmark legal case against the council when four supreme court judges ruled the local authority was “vicariously liable” for  the abuse that she suffered in two different foster placements. The ruling has a number of…

Standard deviation

Councils ‘wrong’ to insist carers pay for home to school transport Foster carers are wrongly being expected to cover the cost of transporting children to and from school from their fostering allowance, it has emerged following a recent ruling by the Local Government and Social Care Ombudsman against Warwickshire County Council. The council’s policy places…

Status update?

After months of debate about the employment status of foster carers, the IWGB Foster Care Workers Union this week filed a case intended to demonstrate that foster carers should be classified as limb (b) workers with associated rights and protections.  The media coverage Monday morning saw a flurry of media activity around a case being…