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Stories in today's papers

The first story (link in Sunday Mirror) is about an SBS case. This is one much like the Webster case in that there is a range of claims of medical evidence, but at the start as usual a second opinion was not allowed. One key aspect of this case, however, is that the child who suffered the injury (that I believe having read his medical file was not caused by any of the parents) remains in the care of his mother, but that a later child has been taken from another mother (but the same father)

In this case, however, the child has not yet been adopted. However, the courts still want to move towards adoption.

The case is going to the Court of Appeal. I believe that the European Court will look more positively at this case than the CoA.

As usual there is no public funding for this. There was no public funding for the Webster case. It was the generosity of George Hawkes in working for nothing that allowed that case to be considered.

This story in the Independent on Sunday reveals what reversing Clayton v Clayton means.

This summary and this article talk about the failures of the Child Protection system in more detail in the Mail on Sunday.

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R v SUSSEX JUSTICES ex p McCARTHY [1924] 1 KB 256

November 9 1923

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