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Care proceedings in England: The case for clear blue water

A report has been written by Isabelle Trowler stating that families subject to thin, red line decisions, where the decision to remove a child from his or her parents could go either way, should be diverted away from Court. She argues that there should be clear blue water between children brought into care proceedings and other children considered to be at risk of significant harm.

Also, that the legal principle of No Order should be more readily applied in practice. Additionally the report states that stronger family focused practice, better decision making and more sophisticated and tailored support services, should create clear blue water between the standard of care and protection given to a child involved in public court proceedings compared to the care and protection of other local children considered to be at risk of significant harm. 

See the full report here.