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Caroline Ryan

Posted 1 December 2016
by Caroline Ryan

Public Law – Care Proceedings

Serious harm notifications increase

Local authorities are required to notify Ofsted of incidents where abuse or neglect is known or suspected and:

  • A child has died
  • A child has been seriously harmed
  • A looked after child has died (including cases where abuse or neglect is not known or suspected)

Ofsted received 379 notifications of such incidents between 1 April 2015 and 31 March 2016, down 2% on the previous year but 27% higher than 2013/2014 figures.

Boy living life as a girl removed from mother

A 7 year old boy who was “living life entirely as a girl” has been removed from his mother’s care. It was concluded by a Consultant Clinical Psychologist that the mother had “influenced [the child] in believing he was a girl”. The court held that the mother caused significant emotional harm to the child in her “active determination that he should be a girl”.

Care applications increase

Court applications received in the last six months are up more than 20% on 2015 figures. September figures alone are up 23% compared to last year. In September 2016 Cafcass received a total of 1,216 care applications.

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About the author

Caroline Ryan

Caroline Ryan


Consultant in the Exeter family team with particular expertise in finances on divorce