Source: All England Reporter
Publisher Citation: [2016] All ER (D) 96 (Dec)
Neutral Citation: [2016] EWFC 58
Court: Family Court

Recorder Clive Baker

Representation Susan Grocott QC for F.
  Gina Allwood for M.
  Yvonne Healing for V.
Judgment Dates: 1 December 2016


Local authority - Statutory powers - Children - Allegations of abuse by father, F, against child, V - Mother, M, obtaining prohibited steps order stopping F from removing V from her care - Authority investigating abuse allegations - M being asked by authority to sign written agreement preventing F having contact with V - Investigation report containing conflicting recommendations about holding an initial child protection conference - Authority closing case without holding initial child protection conference on basis written agreement and prohibited steps order reducing risk of harm to V - Section 37 report finding no evidence to support allegations of abuse and V suffering significant harm because of M and V's acrimonious dispute - Whether local authority erring in duties towards V - Whether new care arrangements for V should be implemented - , .l

The Case

Local authority Statutory powers. The Family Court held that there had been egregious errors in a local authority's handling of a case which involved allegations of sexual abuse against the father of a child. In the circumstances, the court took the opportunity to highlight, and provide guidance upon, the role and practice of local authorities when involved in allegations of abuse by one parent against another.

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