Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 482 (Jul)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Thorpe LJ and Wall J

Representation Andrew McFarlane QC and Jessica Habel for the mother.
  Mark Everall QC and Douglas Taylor for the father.
  Robin Spon-Smith for CAFCASS.
Judgment Dates: 31 July 2002


Family proceedings - Confidential information in family proceedings - Disclosure to social services - Children and family reporter preparing report for judge in family proceedings - Children and family reporter obtaining information raising concerns as to child's welfare - Whether children and family reporter requiring judge's permission to disclose information to social services - s 12 - s 97 - Family Proceedings Rules 1991, r 4.23.

The Case

A children and family reporter did not need the judge's permission to disclose to social services material which had been obtained in the course of compiling a report instigated by the judge, and which raised concerns as to a child's welfare.

Practice Areas

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