In Re J (Children) [2013] UKSC 9 the Supreme Court considered a child protection case involving a mother who had previously been suspected of causing significant harm to her child, and was now looking after different children in a new relationship. Brian Sloan discusses the implications of the case and analyses the Court's attempts to balance non- intervention into family life with child protection.


Brian Sloan is Fellow and Director of Studies in Law at Robinson College, Cambridge. He teaches Equity, Family Law and Land Law. Brian's research covers a wide range of topics in Family and Property Law, including Child Law. Full details of his publications can be found at

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