“-Contact between parent and child is a fundamental element of family life and is almost always in the interests of the child.
-Contact between parent and child is to be terminated only in exceptional circumstances, where there are cogent reasons for doing so and where there is not alternative. Contact is to be terminated only if detrimental to the child’s welfare.
-There is a positive obligation on the state, and therefore on the recorder, to take measures to maintain and to reconstitute the relationship between parent and child, in short, to maintain and restore contact.
-The court should take both a medium term and long- term view and not accord excessive weight to what appear likely to be short term or transient problems.
-The key question, which requires ‘stricter scrutiny’, is whether the recorder has taken all the necessary steps to facilitate contact as can be reasonably demanded in…
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