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The threshold in care proceedings

Speaker: Sarah-Jane Ewart and Jamie Presland
Chambers: One Pump Court

To help our members develop a full-spectrum understanding of their field, we continue to provide deep dives into specific areas of our core legal sectors. Here, One Pump Court’s Sarah-Jane Ewart and Jamie Presland offer detailed analysis around the threshold in care proceedings, in particular:

• Practical look at the basics of the threshold in care proceedings
• Implications of the interim threshold and how to address the final threshold in fact-finding hearings
• Review of recent and settled case law

Relevant law

Children Act 1989
Redbridge London Borough Council v B C & A [2011] 2 FLR 117
Re J (A child) [2015] EWCA Civ222
Re A (A child) [2015] EWFC 11
Re C (A Child (Interim Separation) [2019] EWCA Civ 1998
Re S & HS (Children) [2018] EWCA Civ 1282
Re B (Care Proceedings: Appeal) [2013] 1 WLR 1911
Re MA (Care Threshold) [2009] EWCA Civ 853
Re L (Care: Threshold Criteria) [2007] 1 FLR 2050
North East Lincolnshire Council v G & L [2014] EWCC B77 (Fam)
Re T (A Child: Care Order: Beyond Parental Control: Deprivation of Liberty: Authority to Administer Medication) [2018] EWFC B1
Re G (Children) [2001] EWCA Civ 968
Re L-W (Children) [2019] EWCA Civ 159
A, B, C (Children) [2021] EWCA Civ 451
Re A (Application for Care and Placement Orders: Local Authority Failings) [2016] 1FLR 1
Re B (A Child) (Adequacy of Reasons)[2022] EWCA Civ 407
Re S (Children) (Care Proceedings: Threshold Criteria)) [2018] EWCA Civ 1282