Re EW (a child)

Family proceedings – Orders in family proceedings. The local authority sought a draconian order that in the inherent jurisdiction of the court it be permitted not to disclose to the mother of a new-born child the care plan to remove her unborn child at birth. The Family Division held that due to the risk that the mother presented to herself and the baby, there was a very real risk of physical harm to the child if she were to learn of the local authority's plan of removal at birth and in those unusual circumstances the local authority's application would be allowed.

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