Re P (a child) (care and placement orders)

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. A mother, who had had issues with alcoholism, succeeded in her appeal against the dismissal of her application for an adjournment of care proceedings and against the decision to make a final care order and a placement order in respect of her child, aged seven months. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, held that there had been a clear purpose in the adjournment, namely to see whether, within the child's reasonable time-scales, the mother could capitalise on the considerable progress she had made, such as to allow the child to live with her. Further, the court ruled that it had been in the child's the best interests to grant the mother an adjournment, and that the making of a placement order was a disproportionate outcome in all the circumstances of the case.

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