SITTING AT THE ROYAL COURTS OF JUSTICE
Strand, London, WC2A 2LL
B e f o r e :
| LONDON BOROUGH OF WALTHAM FOREST
(By her Children's Guardian)
Ms Sarah Branson (instructed by Aitken Harter) for the First Respondent
Ms Sylvia Allen (instructed by CAFCASS) for the Second Respondent
Mr Cyrus Larizadeh (instructed by Burke Niazi) for the Third Respondent
Ms Rebecca Mitchell (instructed by Goodman Ray) for S and R
Hearing dates: 9th – 24th June 2014
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Mr Justice Keehan:
Cases where one parent has been killed by the other are relatively rare but raise particularly difficult issues. The following guidance is intended to provide a framework in order to avoid compounding the very significant harm which the children involved in such cases have already suffered by poor management and unnecessary delay.
1. In all cases where one parent has been killed by the other the threshold criteria will be met.
Intervention by the local authority
2. The local authority should give immediate consideration to the issue of proceedings and, whether it considers it appropriate or inappropriate to issue proceedings immediately, it should appoint a social worker specifically for the affected sibling group who should offer immediate practical help and keep the decision under constant review in conjunction with the local authority's legal department.
i) Dr J, a consultant child and adolescent psychologist;
ii) Mr M, an independent social worker who undertook an assessment of S and R in Rwanda;
iii) JB, the former allocated social worker; and
iv) CK, the local authority's team manager.