Can Care plans be twin tracked following re B-S?

CM and Blackburn with Darwen Borough Council (I) and M (A Child) (2) (by her children’s guardian) and others [2014] EWCA Civ 1479

This case, in which judgment was handed down on 18 November 2014 in the Court of Appeal, concerned a child who is now five years old. The lower court had made care and placement orders in favour of the local authority. There was no dispute that there was no family member who could care for the child and thus she would be placed outside her family. The disputed issue in the case was whether this should be an adoptive placement or long-term foster care, the local authority and the guardian favouring the former and the mother the latter.

The President exposes some misconceptions following re B-S

Re R (A Child) [2014] EWCA Civ 1625

This care case, in which judgment was handed down on 16 December in the Court of Appeal, had no unusual features. It concerned a girl of two years old, taken into care when she was one. Her father acknowledged that he could not care for her. There were no suitable family members or friends to do so. The mother maintained that she could care for her with suitable support and so opposed the care and placement orders, which the court then made. She appealed on the grounds that the judge had failed to analyse the material in accordance with the re B-S guidance.

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England and Wales Family Court Decisions (High Court Judges)

This judgment was delivered in private. The judge has given leave for it to be reported on the strict understanding that (irrespective of what is contained in the judgment) in any report no person other than counsel or the solicitor instructing her and any other persons identified by name in the judgment itself may be identified by name or location and that in particular the anonymity of the children and the adult members of their family must be strictly preserved.

Neutral Citation Number: [2015] EWFC 1

CASE No: LE13PO1029

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