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Family Justice in crisis.

Family Justice in crisis.

A senior judge has said it is easier to obtain a care order to take a child away from their family, than for the family to get support.

Sir Andrew McFarlane, the incoming president of the family division, says the family justice system is in crisis.

The number of children in care has doubled in the last 20 years, with care applications continuing to rise.

The Department for Education said it wanted to see every child in a loving, stable home.

Speaking at the launch of the care crisis review - a massive sector-led inquiry into the care system, Sir Andrew said there may be a danger of "benevolent discretion" where courts accept the need to help the child, without questioning whether a care order is justified.

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