A case to read before making an application for freezing orders (or indeed any ex part application) the court sets out clearly and forcefully the safeguards to be applied, the standard wording of orders and the absolute nature of the duty of candour on the party seeking ex parte orders.
In making findings of non-accidental injury to a six month old child the court specifically noted that “This case demonstrates yet again the invaluable role played by medical experts in cases of alleged non-accidental injury”. The court found that the child’s significant injuries were obtained while in the care of one or both of her parents and that the other parent was aware of this.
In a case with a stark warning for grandparent carers the court made final care orders with a plan to remove the children from family care rather than special guardianship orders with the children remaining with their grandparents. The court sanctioned this change of case by the local authority because the grandparents were found to have been permitting ‘sneaky visits’ by the parents and to not accept the need for the children to live outside their parents care.
The Court made declarations confirming the legality of blood sample taken from a deceased person being tested for blood-borne diseases. This was in the context of a ‘good samaritan’ doctor having attempted to resuscitate the deceased and potentially opened herself to contracting serious blood-borne disease. The blood tests were negative.