Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2002] All ER (D) 400 (Oct)
Court: Court of Appeal, Civil Division

Mance and Hale LJJ

Representation The mother appeared in person.
  Angela Hodes for the father.
Judgment Dates: 25 October 2002


Children - Sexual abuse - Allegation - Contact proceedings - Allegations of sexual abuse against father - Contact between father and child.

The Case

In the circumstances of the instant case, the court was satisfied that it was in the best interests of the child to have contact with her father as a matter of urgency, but due to allegations of sexual abuse made against the father by the child, there was a need for contact to take place in the protective presence of an independent person so that observations could be made in an unobtrusive way.

Practice Areas

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