Re W (Children) (Care order: judge's failure to engage with evidence)

Family proceedings – Evidence. The local authority's application for care orders in respect of three children had been dismissed. The judge found that it was in the children's best interests to continue living with the father and that there was no real prospect of the father permitting the mother's destabilising influence to return to the family home. The Court of Appeal, Civil Division, allowed the authority's appeal. The judge had not fully engaged with the detail of the evidence regarding the father's inability to recognise and provide for the children's emotional needs. Having not engaged with all the detail of the professional witnesses, the decision would be set aside and the matter remitted.

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