“WE REMAIN COMMITTED to improving outcomes for children entering the care system” – Sir James Munby again!

No Punishment without Crime or Bereavement without Death!

14 05 03 Local Government LawyerTop judge recognises tension over court rulings and guidance on adoption . This is the title of an article in Local Government Lawyer – as a result of a press conference that Sir James Munby, the President of the Family Division, gave.

In particular, he addressed forced adoption:

Orders contemplating non-consensual adoption – care orders with a plan for adoption, placement orders and adoption orders – are ‘a very extreme thing, a last resort’, only to be made where ‘nothing else will do’, where ‘no other course [is] possible in [the child’s] interests’, they are ‘the most extreme option’, a ‘last resort – when all else fails’, to be made ‘only in exceptional circumstances and where motivated by overriding requirements pertaining to the child’s welfare, in short, where nothing else will do’.

If only the gap were to narrow: between good intentions and bad realities!

Here’s another good news…

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