R (a child)

Family proceedings – Care. The mother of a six-year-old boy made allegations about the father. In the course of care proceedings, the judge made factual findings against the parents. The father appealed. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, in dismissing the appeal, found that, although the judge had relied on an interview with the boy, arguably failing to meet achieving best evidence interview guidance, the case had turned on the mother's reliability. There was nothing to undermine the judge's conclusions, given that he had had the parents before him and there had been no detectable error in the judge's approach to the law or the material that had been put before him.

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