20th Feb 2023

Welfare checklist

wherever a court makes a decision about the upbringing of a child, the child’s welfare is the court’s paramount consideration, and a checklist of circumstances MUST be considered, including
  • The child’s wishes and feelings in the light of their age and understanding;
  • The child’s needs;
  • The effects of change;
  • The child’s age, sex, background;
  • The harm that the child has suffered or is at risk of suffering;
  • The relevant adults’ capacity to care for the child; and
The range of the court’s powers.