Surely ‘fairness’ requires that the birth parents should have been notified and joined as parties as this disastrous scenario unfolded – especially if they were only ruled out on a borderline pretext eg, potential emotional harm?
This is a successful appeal (indeed fairly unusually it was an appeal that by the time the Court of Appeal came to look at it, all four parties were in agreement should be granted) about a decision in the High Court to make a finding of sexual abuse against a child, T, who had just turned 16 when the High Court considered the case. T had been the subject of a Care Order and Placement Order when she was six, then placed for adoption.
(Bit nervous about this one, as I know that 75% of the silks in the case read the blog… and I have a mental crush on all three of them. And because I also have a lot of respect for the High Court Judge who gets monstered in the appeal judgment)
The adoption got into difficulties, and T went into respite care for a short time in May…
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