*A Local Authority v M and others

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. The proceedings concerned the final welfare decision for the children, who at the time of the proceedings had been in foster care, following their return to the United Kingdom with their mother, who had taken them to Syria to join ISIS. The local authority had applied for the children to be placed in long term foster care and their father sought the return of the children to his care. The Family Division held that the children were much more likely to thrive and mature properly in the care of their father than in some as yet unidentified foster home. However, the family required multi-agency support, including support from the social worker, to gradually rehabilitate the children into their father's care.

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