R J (accidental injuries)

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. The local authority applied for care orders in respect of two children. The authority pursued findings that bruising sustained by one of the children had been inflicted upon him either by the mother or her partner. The Family Court, in dismissing the applications, held that the broad canvas of the evidence demonstrated that, on the balance of probabilities, the bruising sustained by the child had been accidental. In light of that conclusion, and in circumstances where those allegations represented the only issue that the local authority had with the care of the children by their mother and her partner, the threshold criteria, under s 31(2) of the Children Act 1989, were not satisfied.

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