FD V CAFCASS  EWHC 1619 QB The Claimant (who was unrepresented) claimed damages against the Defendant service for negligence, misfeasance in public office, and for a breach of his right to a family life under article 8 of the European Convention of Human Rights and under the Human Rights Act 1998. He claimed that as a result of the negligent advice and support given by Cafcass and, in particular, its Family Support Worker at a hearing on 3 February 2009, the Court made an order which effectively deprived him of continuing contact with his son. Full report here.
B V READING BOROUGH COUNCIL, WOKINGHAM DISTRICT COUNCIL AND THE CHIEF CONSTABLE OF THAMES VALLEY POLICE  EWHC 998 (QB) There had initially been two Claimants in this action. The first was L and the second B, who was L’s father. They alleged misfeasance in public office, conspiracy to injure and negligence against the First and Second Defendants and the police. The claims arose out of investigations carried by local authority social workers and the police into allegations of sexual abuse said to have been inflicted on L by her father, B. The allegations were made by L’s mother, S when L was very young. Full report here.
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