Should P go to live with her family in her country of birth?

DJ Beckley’s approach was compassionate. He handled the frequent disruptions to the process with humanity and a lightness of touch. In particular, I noticed that at no point did he ask P to stop crying or to calm down – instead he validated her feelings and tried to explain to her, in understandable language, what was happening, what he needed to know and what he was going to do next. I thought this was exemplary practice

The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence

By Celia Kitzinger, 23rd August 2021 (Note: This blog has been revised and corrected following correspondence with the two barristers in the hearing I observed. Thank you to both of them for the time they spent on this.) I’m profoundly disturbed by this case (COP 12913981) before District Judge Beckley, which has been slowly progressingContinue reading “The elephant in the courtroom: Clinically assisted nutrition and hydration in a hearing about care and residence”