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Out Now: Child Protection and the Family Court

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We are delighted to announce that Child Protection and the Family Court: What You Need To Know is out now. The 3rd edition is authored by Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane, Madeleine Reardon (1 KBW) and Alex Laing (Coram Chambers).

Child Protection and the Family Court – What You Need To Know gives readers a clear look at the law surrounding protection of children.

Topics contained in the 3rd edition include:

  • Local authority safeguarding duties and investigations
  • Parental responsibility
  • Wardship and the inherent jurisdiction
  • Secure accommodation
  • Special guardianship
  • Radicalisation
  • Adoption
  • Children or parents who are nationals of a foreign country
  • Child Arrangements Programme

With the use of simple language, diagrams and charts, the book puts key court decisions into their proper context for use by lawyers, social workers, GPs, safeguarding or child protection officers, and parents.

Read the reviews:

‘like a small briefcase-sized reference library to social workers…quite simply this book simplifies the complex…an excellent resource book that I would recommend to newly qualified social workers experienced social workers and managers who work within the area of children and families’


‘a useful and comprehensive guide, which I will dip into frequently in my day- to-day work, as a handy check list and a reminder of key aspects of the law. The chapter on challenging the local authority is particularly helpful, while the explanation of wardship and the inherent jurisdiction of the High Court is the clearest I have come across’

Seen and Heard (Nagalro)†

The book is published by Bloomsbury Professional and is available for purchase online. For more information, click here.

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