International Family Law Cases

Andrew Webb, former ADCS President and the Association’s spokesperson on family law matters, said:

“Child protection cases with an international dimension are particularly complex but as with all other care proceedings we are involved in the needs of the child must be carefully balanced with the requirements of relevant legislation and UK case law. If at any point during the assessment process family members in the child’s country of origin, or that of their parents, are identified, we must find a way of satisfying ourselves that they are able to offer a viable long-term placement. Obtaining assessments for family members that meet the requirements of key tests in British law can be both difficult and time consuming but this is a necessary avenue to explore if it is in the best interests of the child.

If suitable placements are not identified elsewhere then local authority and Courts will make timely decisions in the best interests of the child within our systems and processes.”


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