Andrew Duncan writes for The Barrister on risk identification in child welfare cases

9th January 2024

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3PB Barristers’ (3 Paper Buildings) specialist family law barrister Andrew DuncanAndrew DuncanCall: 2011 (pictured here) has written for The Barrister on the importance of a proper identification of risk in cases involving child welfare evaluation.

In his article entitled “A timely reminder: Risk Identification and Mitigation”, Andrew uses reported case examples, such as H-W (Children); H-W (Children) (No 2) [2022] UKSC 17, as well as his own experience within the family courts, to explore the importance of thorough risk assessments by Local Authorities in order to avoid adjournments and/or delays due to further assessments being required.

Andrew also highlights the importance of practitioners making an early-stage identification of any inadequate pleading within threshold to ensure accurate assessments are completed so that the court can properly “conduct the holistic balancing exercise that the child’s future demands.”

To read Andrew’s full article, please click here

Andrew Duncan is a specialist family law barrister with a strong practice in all areas of family disputes. Andrew is regularly instructed in complex public and private law cases, representing parents, local authorities, children, intervenors and grandparents.

To contact or instruct Andrew, please contact Practice Director Ian Charlton via email or call 0121 289 4333