The High Court decision in Surrey County Council v AB and Others 2014
This is a judgment which might be pertinent for an elephant in the room issue since the Family Justice Review started moving us away from independent experts. Once you take that expertise out of court rooms and decisions about families, what is filling that gap? Is it sufficient to treat all social workers as experts without considering the huge differences between an experienced and analytical social worker and a relative newcomer?
The writer is aware of a pending article for Family Law Week prepared by Miss Battie of counsel, which touches on this very issue.
In this case, the Local Authority ended up apologising, in writing, to the parents and grandparents because the social worker they had been allocated was “at the bottom of her learning curve”
[Just like any profession, newcomers start out new…
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