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Simon Hughes, recently appointed the Family Justice Minister, has announced that children’s care cases will be completed within 26 weeks. Actually it’s more than an announcement, it’s a legal commitment.

What does it mean?

These are the cases by which courts determine whether children should be taken away from their parents permanently by a local authority. Until the case is concluded, children can’t be adopted and often have to move between temporary homes. Multiple hearings can deepen the trauma for everyone involved. Plus they are costly too, with lawyers’ fees and other costs racking up.…

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