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Who’s who in the Family Court

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Judge A judge is the person who presides over (deals with) the proceedings. In the Family Court there are three levels of judges who are likely to hear your case. These are: Judges of the District Judge level – these are the judges that hear most family law cases. Judges of the Circuit Judge level – these judges are allocated cases which are considered to have additional complexity. They can also deal with some appeal cases. Magistrates – magistrates are ‘lay’ people from the community who have been recruited and trained to hear cases. They will not usually have a…

Legal Aid for family law matters

Relevance: 99%      Posted on: 6th November 2015

This page provides information on getting help to pay for legal costs for family matters. It explains what legal aid is, when it is available and the type of help it covers. It also provides information on the evidence needed for legal aid in private disputes about arrangements for children.

Family

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Parental disputes Abduction Access to information Adoption (non-agency) Advocacy Child abuse  Changing a child's surname Contact Domestic abuse Family mediation Legal aid for family law matters Legal aid if you have been a victim of domestic abuse Legal aid if your child is at risk of abuse Locating a child Parental responsibility Residence Special guardianship Travel and Relocation Testamentary guardianship Wardship Raising and caring for young people  Adoption Family and friends care Homelessness (16/17 year olds) Locating a child Parental Responsibility Private fostering Residence Section 20 Accommodation Special Guardianship Surrogacy Testamentary Guardianship Wardship Young carers Duties of Children’s Services   Advocacy Care…

Preparing for a Family Court hearing

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The preparation will often be dependent on the type of hearing and the specific circumstances of the case in question. However, there are some general tips which can help a litigant in person prepare for an upcoming Family Court hearing. Appropriate arrangements for children It is not advisable to bring children to court and therefore parties should try to make alternative childcare arrangements. Court location Parties will often be required to attend the court 30 minutes or 1 hour in advance of the time that the hearing is listed to start. You do not want to be rushing around or…

Family and Friends Care

Relevance: 97%      Posted on: 16th July 2015

This page explains the law surrounding an arrangement where a child goes to live with a family member or friend and the obligations of the local authority to assess the carer for support and suitability.

Family mediation

Relevance: 97%      Posted on: 21st May 2015

This page explains the process of family mediation, when mediation is necessary and the expected standards of a family mediator.

Remote hearings in the family court – Covid-19

Relevance: 96%      Posted on: 2nd April 2020

Introduction The social distancing measures and the stay at home rules which have been implemented in response to the Covid-19 crisis pose a unique challenge to public services which traditionally operate on a face to face basis.  Nevertheless, Sir Andrew Mcfarlane (President of the Family Division) has made clear that the aim is to ''keep business going safely'' in national guidance published on the 19th March:  ''There is a strong public interest in the Family Justice System continuing to function as normally as possible despite the present pandemic. At the same time, in accordance with government guidance, there is a…

Hearings in the Family Court

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This page explains the different types of hearing that you might have in private family law cases, including the First Hearing Dispute Resolution Appointment, fact finding hearings and final hearings.

Type of Family Law Orders

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Private Children Law Orders Type of order Description Application form Guidance form Costs Child Arrangements Order Section 8 Children Act 1989 A Child Arrangements Order decides the arrangements for whom a child is to live with, spend time with or otherwise have contact with and when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person. C100 CB1 £215 Child Arrangements Order (Consent Order) If an agreement can be reached regarding the arrangements for a whom a child is to live with and spend time with then a Consent Order can be applied for. Consent Orders…

Email advice: Family

Relevance: 93%      Posted on: 2nd August 2017

  Please complete all relevant boxes on the contact form to ensure we provide you with the correct information. We strongly recommend providing as much relevant information as possible. We aim to respond to your message within 5 working days of receipt. Please note our working days are Monday to Friday. During the Christmas break the 5 day response time will start on our first day back in the office. If we cannot assist due to the matter being outside of our scope, we will email and state why we cannot assist and attempt to refer you to another organisation. If we…

Attending court

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A sample Child Arrangements Order Appeals Court Bundle Court etiquette Do I need a solicitor or barrister? Explaining the legality of a child arrangements order Family mediation Hearings in the Family Court Legal aid for family matters Litigation Friends Litigants in person Parenting plans Preparing for a family court hearing Seeking costs in court The role of Cafcass The welfare checklist  Type of family law orders Scott Schedule Use of recordings Who's who in the family court Witness Statements Writing a position statement Signposting list

The role of Cafcass

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This page explains the role of the Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service in the court process, including the safeguarding checks that they carry out and explaining section 7 reports.

Parental disputes

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Abduction Access to information Adoption (non-agency) Advocacy Changing a child's surname Child abuse Contact Domestic abuse Family mediation Legal aid for family law matters Legal aid if you have been a victim of domestic abuse Legal aid if your child is at risk of abuse Locating a child Parental responsibility Residence Special guardianship Travel and relocation Testamentary guardianship Wardship Young people and medical treatment 

Parenting plans

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What is a parenting plan? A parenting plan is a voluntary, written agreement between parents (and can include grandparents and other family members). The plan covers practical issues in relation to the children such as living arrangements, education, healthcare and finances and it aims to assist parents in resolving arrangements amicably and informally. Cafcass parenting plan Cafcass (The Children and Family Court Advisory Support Service) have produced a parenting plan template which is accessible online and accompanied by a guidance document. Of course, there are other templates which can be accessed online with a quick Google search or parents are…

Raising and caring for young people

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Adoption Family and friends care Homelessness (16/17 year olds) Parental Responsibility Private fostering Residence Section 20 Accommodation Special Guardianship Surrogacy Testamentary Guardianship Wardship Young carers

Child in need

Relevance: 11%      Posted on: 4th January 2017

This page explains the duty of Children’s Services under section 17 Children Act 1989 to provide services to children in need in their area. It explains the definition of a child in need, the assessment process and child in need plans and the types of services available.

Scott Schedule

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What is a Scott Schedule A Scott Schedule is a schedule or table which is used in court proceedings in the Family Court in order to clearly set out the allegations which are in dispute.   The Judge will make directions for parties to submit a Scott Schedule, where necessary, and this will generally be required in advance of a fact-finding hearing. A fact-finding hearing is the name given to a court hearing where the Judge will determine if certain allegations are true or false.  A Scott Schedule should be as concise as possible and focused. Allegations which are pleaded should…

Volunteer

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Please note due to the current pandemic our volunteer project is on hold. However, please do send through your application and we will contact you with an update as soon as we get one.    Are you interested in volunteering? This helpline is a low cost service providing advice and guidance to families about child, education and family law. We provide full training on child, family and education law and many of our volunteers have subsequently been employed by us. Our volunteers usually work with us one full day a week every week for a minimum of three months. We operate a…

Litigation Friends

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Litigation friends are required when a person lacks capacity to participate in court proceedings. This information page will explain who can be a litigation friend, specifically which circumstances require a litigation friend to be appointed and how to apply to be a litigation friend.  Introduction An individual who is involved in court proceedings (a 'litigant') must have the capacity in order to conduct those proceedings. In other words, a litigant must be able to participate in the proceedings insofar as being capable to convey their position, complete paperwork and understand the decisions of the court.  Children under the age of…

Children’s services referral and assessment

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This page explains the duties of Children's Services once a child protection referral is made. It describes the assessment process and timescales and explains possible outcomes of a child protection investigation.

Contact us

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Via email: Email advice service We provide an email advice service on education and family law. Our email advice service is to provide clarifying questions or for basic legal advice. Unfortunately we are unable to assist with complex legal queries via our email advice service and would request that you contact us via our telephone advice line for complex queries. If we do deem your email to be too complex, we will email you and request that you contact us via our advice line. Please be sure to read the terms and conditions thoroughly before using the contact form.  Email…

Section 20 accommodation

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This page provides information on the duties of the Local Authority to provide accommodation to children under the age of 16. It includes information of how the Local Authority will assess a child and the types of accommodation that can be provided.

Christmas Holidays FAQ

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 14th December 2017

This page provides answers to FAQ's regarding Christmas Holidays and the family law issues which are particularly relevant at this time of the year.  Are the family courts closed over the Christmas holidays?  Crown Courts, County Courts and the Royal Courts of Justice will close over the Christmas period on: Wednesday 25 December 2019 Thursday 26 December 2019 Friday 27 December 2019 Wednesday 1 January 2020 Some emergency courts may operate over the holiday. See court and tribunal finder for details. In the case of there being no court order in place, what should the arrangements be for residence/contact over the Christmas…

Young carers

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 22nd June 2015

This page explains the duties of the local authority to assess and provide support to young people who care for family members.

Email advice service

Relevance: 9%      Posted on: 6th February 2018

We provide an email advice service on education and family law. To use this service please use the relevant link below. Our email advice service is to provide clarifying questions or for initial legal advice. Unfortunately we are unable to assist with complex legal queries via our email advice service and if we do deem your email to be too complex, we will email you and request that you contact us via our advice line.    Please make sure you access the correct form as each form has set questions that we need the answer to prior to providing advice. …

Information pages

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Parental disputes Abduction Access to information Adoption (non-agency) Advocacy Child abuse  Changing a child’s surname Contact Domestic abuse Family mediation Legal aid for family law matters Legal aid if you have been a victim of domestic abuse Legal aid if your child is at risk of abuse Locating a child Parental responsibility Residence Special guardianship Travel and Relocation Testamentary guardianship Wardship Raising and caring for young people  Adoption Family and friends care Homelessness (16/17 year olds) Locating a child Parental Responsibility Private fostering Residence Section 20 Accommodation Special Guardianship Surrogacy Testamentary Guardianship Wardship Young carers Child safeguarding Advocacy Bullying Child abuse Child…

Explaining the legality of a Child Arrangements Order

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What is a Child Arrangements Order? A Child Arrangements Order is an order that regulates with whom a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact, and when a child is to live, spend time or otherwise have contact with any person.  Each Child Arrangements Order is decided on the circumstances of the individual family and on what is in the best interests of that particular child. This means that there is no such thing as a ‘usual’ arrangement. Child Arrangements Orders are governed by section 8 of the Children Act 1989. For information on applying for a…

Witness Statements

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: 25th June 2018

This information page will provide advice on the subject of 'Witness Statements'. Witness statements are integral in setting out the evidence which a person intends to rely on during the course of family proceedings.  What is a Witness Statement?  A witness statement is a written document setting out the evidence of the person writing the witness statement. The evidence presented in the witness statement should include everything that a person intends to rely on in order to support their position.  A witness statement differs from a position statement insofar that a position statement does not contain evidence and is much…

Child Protection Conference & Plan

Relevance: 8%      Posted on: 19th August 2015

This page explains Child Protection Conferences, including information on who is able to attend and what will likely be discussed, as well as information regarding child protection plans and their function.

About Child Law Advice

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The Child Law Advice Service provides legal advice and information on family, child and education law affecting children and families in England. This service is provided via this website packed with how to guides and information pages. Should you require further assistance after reading through the website, we have an email advice service and a dedicated intensive support telephone lines for complex matters and clarifying questions. We cover legal issues that may arise following relationship breakdown as well as Local Authority intervention and child protection issues.  Our education advice ranges from admissions issues to exclusions as well as what to do…

General Terms and Conditions

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The Service The Child Law Advice Service is a digital first service. We have free information pages on child, family and education law on our website. Our online resources are available 24/7. If you have clarifying questions after consulting the resources available you can contact  us via our email service. Our telephone lines are open from Monday to Friday between the hours of 8am and 6pm. Our telephone lines are closed on bank holidays and during the Christmas period. Both lines are extremely busy and you may need to call a number of times in order to get through to an…

Coronavirus (Covid-19) FAQ’s

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Where can I access the latest government advice and information? Education Closure of educational settings: information for parents and carers Guidance for schools, childcare providers, colleges and local authorities in England on maintaining educational provision Coronavirus (COVID-19): guidance on vulnerable children and young people Isolation guidance for residential educational settings Coronavirus (COVID-19): cancellation of GCSEs, AS and A levels in 2020  Actions for schools during the coronavirus outbreak Maintaining education and skills training provision: further education providers Coronavirus (COVID-19): implementing social distancing in education and childcare settings Coronavirus (COVID-19): safeguarding in schools, colleges and other providers Coronavirus (COVID-19): free school…

Use of Recordings

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Why do people make recordings? There are various situations where someone might feel the need to make a recording. In meetings with professionals (e.g. Children’s Services, school staff or Cafcass), parents may feel they need to have an indisputable record of what was said: The parent might be unable to read or write, have a poor memory or difficulty concentrating (e.g. when stressed or due to a disability). It can be difficult to fully participate in a meeting, when trying to handwrite or type notes at the same time. A parent may simply not want to rely on other people's…

Divorce

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: 17th June 2016

This page provides information on divorce including the grounds and reasons for divorce, how to make an application and information on the overall process.

Ending a Civil Partnership

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: 17th June 2016

This page provides information on dissolving or ending a civil partnership including the grounds and reasons for ending the civil partnership, how to make an application and information on the overall process.

Booking a call back

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The Child Law Advice offers a call back service at a time that suits you (subject to availability) between the hours of 8.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays and the Christmas period). This is for an advice call of up to 30 minutes at a cost of £25 with a legal advisor. If you have any concerns or queries relating to the call backs please email CLAS@coramclc.org.uk. Please do not contact Coram Children's Legal Centre's reception numbers as they are unable to assist with queries relating to the Child Law Advice Service.  Please view our terms and conditions prior…

Booking a call back

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The Child Law Advice offers a call back service at a time that suits you (subject to availability) between the hours of 8.30am-5.00pm Monday to Friday (excluding Bank Holidays and the Christmas period). This is for an advice call of up to 30 minutes at a cost of £25 with a legal advisor. If you have any concerns or queries relating to the call backs please email CLAS@coramclc.org.uk. Please do not contact Coram Children's Legal Centre's reception numbers as they are unable to assist with queries relating to the Child Law Advice Service.  Please view our terms and conditions prior…

Consent Orders

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: 25th June 2018

This information page provides advice on the subject of 'consent orders' which are used in the family court as a means to formalise an agreement which has been reached. This page will explain in further detail what a consent order is, how to apply for a consent order and what to expect of the court process.  What is a Consent Order?  It is often the case that parents will reach an agreement regarding contact and residence. However, informal agreements are not automatically legally binding and therefore there are limited means of recourse if the opposing parent acts in breach of…

Legal aid if your child is at risk of abuse

Relevance: 7%      Posted on: 6th November 2015

This page explains the different forms of evidence accepted for legal aid for private family law disputes when you care for a child who is at risk of abuse from the other party.

Domestic Abuse and Coronavirus

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Introduction  Domestic abuse is a serious issue which effects many families; there is evidence from Women’s Aid that the lockdown situation as a response to the corona virus may have led to an increase in incidents of domestic abuse as victims are isolated with the perpetrators and are less able to access their usual means of support. Generally, people should not be leaving the place where they live. However, the government has allowed people to leave in certain specified circumstances, as set out in s.6 of the Health Protection (Coronavirus, Restrictions) (England) Regulations 2020. S. 6(2)(m) makes it clear that…

Writing a Position Statement

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: 4th January 2018

Attending court can be a daunting prospect, especially if you are representing yourself. It is important that you are well prepared in order to fully present your case to the Court; one way of achieving this is to write a position statement. This information page will describe how to write a position statement and why it is useful to do so.

Court Bundles

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Court bundles are an integral element to family court proceedings as they contain a great deal of information that relate to a particular dispute. This information page will provide further advice on what the bundle is, who is responsible for preparing the bundle, what should be included in the bundle and the timetable for preparing and lodging the bundle.  What is a court bundle? Practice Direction 27A of the Family Procedure Rules provides guidance on court bundles.   A court bundle is a folder(s) which contains copies of all the documents which are considered relevant to a court case.  How should…

Surrogacy

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This page provides advice on the law relating to surrogacy including the different types of surrogacy and who is regarded as the legal parent(s) of the child at the time of birth and for the future. 

Signposting List

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Below you will find a list of organisations who may be able to assist on subjects/locations that we unfortunately do not cover. Please not Child Law Advice does not take responsibility for external consent linked to from this website. 

Adoption (non-agency)

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This page explains the legal process of non-agency adoption which involves placements that have not been arranged by a local authority or registered adoption agency. It explains who can adopt a child, what is process in order to apply for non-agency adoption and post-adoption contact.  What is non-agency adoption Non-agency adoption is the name given to adoption applications which involve a child who has not been placed with the prospective adopter by an adoption agency.  The principal categories of non-agency adoption are: Step-parent adoption (application by the partner of the parent of a child) Applications by local authority foster carers Applications…

Donate to Child Law Advice

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Child Law Advice Service provides legal advice on all areas of child, family and education law via this website and our dedicated helpline. As a non-profit organisation we rely solely on funding and donations. Please help us to continue to provide this valuable service by making a donation. Your donation really does make a difference. If you would like to support the work we do then you can make your donation below. All donations are gratefully received and will assist us in continuing our work.  Increase the value of your gift by 25% If you are a UK taxpayer,…

Special Guardianship

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: 16th July 2015

This page explains the situations where Special Guardianship might be appropriate to secure the long term arrangements for a child living with a person other than their parent. It explains the assessment process and support available.

Legal position relating to unborn children

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: 26th February 2020

This page explains the rights of father's before the child is born as well as any Children's Services involvement prior to the mother giving birth

Declaration of parentage

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: 27th May 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to resolve a dispute about a child’s paternity including how to apply for a Declaration of Parentage stating who a child’s legal parents are.

Court etiquette

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How to dress for court hearings When dressing for court keep your clothing smart and simple. A list of potential clothing items to wear: Trousers Skirt Smart top or blouse Suit – tie is optional Smart shoes Unless there is a very good reason (for example because of a health condition) it is probably best to avoid wearing the following in court: Trainers Jeans Tracksuit Hat Sunglasses Remember to turn your phone off to ensure it does not ring during proceedings. How to speak to judges Be clear, respectful and polite. The party who has made the application to court…

Appeals

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When can you submit an appeal? You cannot submit an appeal just because you do not agree with the judge's decision. You will be required to show you have grounds to appeal the decision. Grounds of appeal You will need to show that the decision of the judge of the lower court was: wrong, or unjust because of a serious procedural or other irregularity in the proceedings in the lower court. You will need to show that the judge did not apply the law correctly, did not follow the correct procedure, or that there are other strong reasons why the…

The Welfare Checklist

Relevance: 6%      Posted on: 22nd January 2018

The overriding consideration in family proceedings is the question of "what is in the best interests of the child/children?" In answering this question, the court and other professionals are guided by a criteria known as the Welfare Checklist. This page will set out where the Welfare Checklist can be found in statute and will focus on each criterion in greater detail.  Where can I find the Welfare Checklist? The Welfare Checklist can be found in Section 1 of the Children Act 1989.  The Welfare Checklist Criteria 1. The ascertainable wishes and feelings of the child concerned (considered in the light of…

Wardship

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This page explains the situation where the High Court can become a legal guardian for a child under the power of Wardship.

Home-alt

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National offer day for Primary Schools is 16th April 2020. See our school admissions FAQ for advice.    Due to COV-19 we have changed our working practice, we will not be offering call backs and will be unable to call out. We will continue to be offering our email and telephone advice services but we are experiencing a high volume of enquiries, we would encourage you to email us if at all possible. We are doing our best to provide a service to as many people as possible during this time. Thank you. Please see our Coronavirus FAQ’s page for…

Contact

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This page explains the law on spending time with a child when a relationship breaks down, including the different types of contact such as supervised or indirect contact and the family court orders for contact.

A sample Child Arrangements Order

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 15th September 2015

This page has a sample of an order that can be issued setting out contact and living arrangements for children and an explanation of the contents and terminology used in an order.

Residence

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This page explains the law on deciding where a child is to live including the different types of living arrangements and explaining the family court orders for residence.

Contact with a child in care

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This page explains the law surrounding contact with a child who is looked after, including how to apply for contact with a child in care and what the court will consider.

Home

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Child Law Advice is operated by Coram Children's Legal Centre. We provide specialist advice and information on child, family and education law to parents, carers and young people in England. For full terms and conditions of our service please click here Family This section provides legal information and advice on family and children law matters in England. The information ranges from private law matters which includes contact, domestic abuse and adoption to public law matters including local authority involvement with children and child protection. Parental disputes open This section has information on the law relating to disputes about children such…

Seeking costs in court

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This page explains the process of family mediation, when mediation is necessary and the expected standards of a family mediator.

Public Law Care Proceedings

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This page provides information on the powers of the local authority to take action to protect a child who is suffering harm or at risk of suffering harm. 

Addressing Domestic Abuse in schools

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This page provides information on the duties of schools to identify and tackle domestic abuse, including examples of good practice.

Variation and discharge of an order for contact or residence

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This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to vary or discharge a Contact Order or Residence Order (granted prior to 22.04.2014) or Child Arrangements Order if the terms are no longer in the child's best interests.

Locating a child

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 24th November 2015

This page provides information on how to make an application to locate a child whose whereabouts are unknown, and the powers of the court to disclose this information.

Addressing Domestic Abuse in schools

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 31st May 2016

This page provides information on the duties of schools to identify and tackle domestic abuse, including examples of good practice.

Understanding the obligations of Children’s Services

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This page explains the duties of Children’s Services to act once a child protection referral is made. It explains the different investigations that can take place and the possible courses of action as a school you may need to be aware of.

Understanding the obligations of Children’s Services

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This page explains the duties of Children’s Services to act once a child protection referral is made. It explains the different investigations that can take place and the possible courses of action as a school you may need to be aware of.

Removal from Jurisdiction

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to lawfully move abroad with a child, including what the courts will consider under a Removal from Jurisdiction application.

Private fostering

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This page explains the law relating to the situation whereby a child goes to live with a person who is not their parent or a ‘connected person’. It explains the duties of the local authority to assess the suitability of the prospective private foster carer and provide support where necessary.

Local Authorities’ duties in relation to Looked After Children

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This information page sets out the functions and responsibilities of local authorities under Part 3 of the Children Act 1989, which concerns the provision of local authority support for children and families. Specifically, this page will detail Local Authorities' duties in relation to care planning and placement decisions. 

Special Guardianship Order

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to become a Special Guardian for a child as well as how to discharge or vary a Special Guardianship Order.

Do I need a solicitor or barrister?

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 17th December 2015

This page provides information on the different options available when bringing a case to court, including legal aid, private representation, representing yourself, using a solicitor's unbundled services or instructing a direct access barrister.

Residence

Relevance: 5%      Posted on: 23rd July 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to have a child live with you including how to apply to court for a Child Arrangements Order for residence.

Parental responsibility

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you an unmarried father or step parent can take to get Parental Responsibility for a child including how to apply to remove Parental Responsibility.

Contact

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: 23rd June 2015

This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to get contact with a child including how to apply to court for a Child Arrangements Order for contact.

Access to information

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This page provides information on the right of access to information about a child in relation to their education records, medical records and children's services records. 

Domestic abuse

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This page explains the legal definition of domestic abuse and the legal steps that can be taken to protect a person and/or child from domestic abuse.

Dealing with Parental Responsibility disputes

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Schools can sometimes find themselves in the middle of disputes between parents. This information page is to provide advice to schools on parental disputes and relevant court orders.

Enforcement of an Order for contact or residence

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This how to guide explains the steps that you can take to enforce a Child Arrangements Order, a Contact Order or a Residence Order if one party has acted in breach of its terms.

Dealing with Parental Responsibility disputes

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

Schools can sometimes find themselves in the middle of disputes between parents. This information page is to provide advice to schools on parental disputes and relevant court orders.

Testamentary Guardianship

Relevance: 4%      Posted on: 8th December 2016

This page explains how, in law, a person can be appointed to act as a guardian for a child in the event of a parent’s or a carer’s death.

About Coram

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The Coram charitiesCoram Children’s ServicesTo develop, deliver and promote best practice in the care of vulnerable children and young people, and to build resilience enabling them to take responsibility for their lives and fulfil their potential.To find out more visit: www.coram.org.ukCoram Children’s Legal CentreTo promote and protect children’s rights in the UK and overseas through law, policy and practice.To find out more visit: www.childrenslegalcentre.comLawStuffLawstuff provides legal advice and information on Child, Family and Education Law to young people aged between 13-21. www.lawstuff.org.ukCoram-iTo improve the lives of vulnerable children by providing data-led insight and innovation to local authorities and professionals, so…

Abduction

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This page provides information on abduction and the unlawful removal of a child from the UK including how to prevent abduction, what to do if a child is abducted and how to lawfully remove a child from the UK.

Litigants in Person 

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This page provides information and advice on going through the court process yourself, explaining what to expect and who you can bring to court with you.

Feedback

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Fair Access Protocol

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This page provides information on access to education through a Fair Access Protocol, how and when it can be triggered, and the process for doing so. What is a Fair Access Protocol? Fair Access Protocols ensure that all schools in an area take a fair and balanced approach when admitting vulnerable children, including those whose behaviour has been challenging. All schools (including Academies) must agree and participate in the Fair Access Protocol and will be expected to admit children above their published admissions number if the school is already full. Every local area is required to have a Fair Access Protocol in…

Direct payments

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This page explains the rules surrounding direct payments by the local authority to help with meeting a child’s needs.

Travel and Relocation

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This information page provides information on domestic & international travel and relocation. It will provide advice on the circumstances which require consent to be provided in order to travel domestically or internationally with a child and the options available if consent is not provided. Introduction NOTE: This information page provides the general legal position. There are circumstances in which a court order has terms included which are specific to the case in question and contradict the general legal position explained below. Therefore, consult the court order first (if there is a court order in place) as this will take precedence. …

Homelessness (16/17 year olds)

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This page explains the duties of the local authority to provide accommodation to homeless young people aged 16 or 17.

Schools Information Guides – For Schools only

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What is it? The Child Law Advice Service now offers a schools information service. For a small fee, this service provides school professionals with detailed information about their legal rights and duties. Our aims are: To ensure that school professionals are in full understanding of their legal duties  To ensure that school professionals are clear on how to implement these legal duties To ensure that school professionals are aware of the relevant law, guidance, advice and legislation to rely upon. Please note the below information pages are for school professionals only   What we offer  We provide advice and information…

Managed Moves

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This page explains the circumstances in which a school can agree with a pupil and their parents/carers for the pupil to move schools or change their educational programme. It explains what this will involve and what might be included in a managed move agreement.

Marriage and Civil Partnership

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This page explains the law on marriage and civil partnership. It provides information on the rights, responsibilities and obligations of parties to a marriage and civil partnership.

Parental responsibility

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This page explains the law on parental responsibility, what this means in practice and how a person can acquire parental responsibility.

Child abuse

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This page explains the legal definition of child abuse and the obligations of Children’s Services to investigate child protection concerns. It explains the different steps that Children’s Services can take to protect a child.

Alternatives to ending a marriage or civil partnership

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This guide provides information on the alternatives to ending a marriage or civil partnership which are annulment and judicial separation. It explains the grounds and the process.

Services for children leaving care

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This page explains the duties of the Local Authority to provide services and support for children who have been looked after once they reach the age of 16.

The law on smacking children

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: 22nd May 2015

This page explains the law on smacking and physically disciplining children. It explains when this would amount to an offence and the possible defences to this.

Supporting Mental Health in schools

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This page provides information on how you can support children and young adults experiencing mental health difficulties and when a mental health difficulty can be considered a disability or Special Educational Need.

Supporting pupils’ mental health in schools

Relevance: 2%      Posted on: 27th May 2016

This page provides information on how you can support children and young adults experiencing mental health difficulties and when a mental health difficulty can be considered a disability or Special Educational Need.