Lancashire County Council v C and others (Children: Fact-finding)

Child – Care. Care proceedings before the court concerned two young children, K, born in 2011, and S, born in 2013. The local authority had issued the proceedings in 2013 following the sudden death of S's identical twin sister L at the age of 16 weeks. Since then, K and S were in foster care with a very high level of parental contact. When she was aged eight months, her mother had taken K to hospital with a swollen head; which turned out to be a fractured skull. There was a fact finding hearing to determine whether the injuries and death were non-accidental. The Family Court held that the grounds for making the care orders did not exist and the local authority's applications had to be dismissed. In consequence, the children would be returned to the care of their parents in a manner to be agreed between the parents and the social workers.

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