*sm*Family & Child Care Law – Court of Appeal (Civil Division) – Final Care Order – Welfare Balancing Exercise*em*
Second appeal against decision to make final care order placing a child into long term foster care. Detailed examination of the welfare balancing exercise needed before making a final care order and the scrutiny expected from a circuit judge in care proceedings appeals.
The appeal was adjourned until the judgment in Re B (a child)  UKSC 33 was available. The judgment focuses on two aspects of the judicial process in family proceedings: (i) The need for a proper welfare balancing exercise before making a final care order and (ii) the degree of scrutiny to be expected from a circuit judge considering an appeal in care proceedings