Personal information about a 15 year old boy which he shared with a social worker whilst in court proceedings could be withheld from his parents.
The Judge undertook a very careful balancing exercise. It was also held that it was right for this matter to be determined by the Court.
The judge found there was a “compelling” case for non-disclosure of the information and said it was “entirely necessary” that the boy’s “confidence and privacy in this information is maintained”. After weighing up the evidence, she found the information the boy wished to be kept private had “very little, if any” relevance to the forthcoming care proceedings. As a result she dismissed the father’s claim that the information was required for a fair trial. The boy’s right to a private and family life under Article 8 of the European Convention on Human Rights also took precedence over his father and step-mother’s Article 8 rights, the judge found.