City and County of Swansea v XZ and others

Child – Protection. A mother had been charged with offences of infanticide and wounding. She had surviving children. The local authority had obtained a reporting restriction order due to concerns that the media was about to reveal details of the case on the television. Subsequently, the authority applied to extend the order until the youngest child reached the age of 18 in order to protect the welfare of the children. The media agreed that, due to the exceptional circumstances of the case and the risk to the children, that the mother should remain anonymous. The Family Division of the High Court gave its judgment specifying what could, and could not, be reported in order to protect the children.

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