M v F (Covert Recording of Children)

Practice – Family proceedings. The Family Court described the serious consequences that had arisen for one family after a parent had covertly recorded a child in the course of a dispute about where the child should live. It held that it was almost always likely to be wrong for a recording device to be placed on a child for the purpose of gathering evidence in family proceedings, whether or not the child was aware of its presence, and that anyone who was considering doing something similar should, first, think carefully about the consequences.

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