This is from a recent case where a High Court Judge has, again, made it clear that delay in issuing care proceedings for newborn babies will not be tolerated.
The Judge sets out, at paragraph 33 of his judgement, what steps should be taken by a Local Authority when it seeks the removal of an unborn child immediately or shortly after his/her birth - and this should be done, by the latest, within 5 days of birth.
The overall message is that the Local Authority need to be prepared and need to act swiftly.
In my experience the errors made in this case are not an isolated example nor is the factual matrix of this case either unique nor even exceptional: on the contrary this case is fairly typical of the type of case in which local authorities propose or plan to seek the removal of a baby at birth. Thus, what principally concerns me is that such fundamental and egregious errors should be made in, what may colloquially be termed, 'a run of the mill case'. In paragraph33 below, I consider what steps should be taken by a local authority when it plans to seek the removal of an unborn child immediately or shortly after his/her birth.