Family Law (19 March - 2 April)

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Four in 10 councils 'unwilling to take child refugees from other areas'

Cypnow – 28 March

A report by the Independent Chief Inspector of Borders and Immigration has revealed that around 40% of councils in England have not signed up to receive child refugees from other counties. London has only taken in four child refugees, whereas councils in the East of England have taken in 148 children.

Parents of Alfie Evans lose European court life-support case

The Guardian – 28 March

Alfie Evans’ parents have lost their bid to appeal to the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR) over the life support of their 22-month-old son. Doctors can now stop treating Alfie, as a result of the High Court judgment.

MPs call for extension of 30 hours childcare to all children

Cypnow – 28 March

A cross-party group of MPs have called for the government’s 30 hours free childcare initiative to be extended to all children. The scheme is currently available to all children whose parents both earn less than £100,000 per year. The group are calling for the scheme to be made available to everyone to ‘develop a society that does not institutionalise inequalities’.

Family Division President calls for no fault divorce

Marilyn Stowe – 23 March

Sir James Munby has called for divorce reforms, including no fault divorce. Munby expressed these views whilst giving a talk at the Edinburgh Law School. Although no fault divorce has received a lot of support, Lawyer, Jill Kirky has stated Munby should step down after giving a ‘highly political’ speech.

Child poverty hits highest level in decade

Cypnow – 22 March

Household income data for 2016/17 has revealed that child poverty levels are the highest they have been since 2007/08. The figure has reached 4.1 million children living in relative poverty. However, the proportion of children living in poverty has not changed from last year, remaining at 30%.

Child trafficking and ‘county lines’ – new guide from the Youth Justice Legal Centre

Coram – 21 March

The Youth Justice Legal Centre (YJLC) has released a new guide on ‘county lines’ and trafficking in order to help criminal lawyers and professionals. The guide includes an overview of the law, advice on what steps to take and information about how gangs try to recruit.

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