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PRESS RELEASE of the Association of Lawyers for Children Case of: Re P-S [2018] EWCA Civ 1407

The Court of Appeal has handed down judgment in the important case of Re P-S [2018] EWCA Civ 1407. The judgment is a significant decision regarding the making of final Care Orders instead of Special Guardianship Orders (SGOs) as well as the status of non-statutory guidance and when it should be followed. In this case, the judge at first instance considered informal guidance given by Keehan J. The ALC applied for and was granted permission to intervene, both in writing and orally to assist the court in its consideration of the issues in this appeal. The ALC submitted that this guidance was being relied upon heavily in some parts of the country as authoritative, although the basis for the guidance was unclear and part of it appeared to contrary to statute and case law. Please click here to read the press release in full. The full judgement can be found