A local authority v JD and others

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. Where the court had found that the mother had caused various physical injuries to one of her children, and emotional harm to the other child, it was held to be in the children's welfare that they should live in Portugal with the second respondent (the biological father of one of the children and the person registered as the father on the other child's Portuguese birth certificate) and his partner. The Family Division, in approving the applicant local authority's proposed plan and arrangement, concerning the children, held that it was clear, from the evidence, that the father and his partner were able to offer a good home to the children, that the risks posed by the mother and her lack of capability ruled her out as their potential carer and that it was not in their welfare to have anything other than supervised contact with her.

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