Child – Care proceedings. The proceedings concerned a child, aged 17 months, who had been placed in foster care for just over a year because of concerns regarding the ability of her learning disabled parents. The child was eventually reunited with the parents, who issued proceedings claiming damages. The Family Division held that a delay by a local authority in issuing care proceedings had been unjustified and inexcusable and its procedural failures had been in breach of the parents' human rights. The parents were each awarded £6,000 in damages.