D (A Child) [2021] EWCA Civ 787

7th June 2021

Sophie Smith-Holland writes: This is a judgment of Lord Justice Jackson written in plain English. It concerns a successful appeal of the lower court’s decision to sanction removal of O, a newborn baby, from his mother, V, who has learning difficulties.

This was an appeal heard on 21 May 2021 in respect of O. He had been born the previous week. His mother, V, is 21 and has learning difficulties. She has her own support workers. The court commented that good plans were not made during V’s pregnancy for what would happen after O was born.