Your Basket is currently empty

Your Bookshelf is empty!

Your Basket is currently empty


A Failure of Proportion

Non-Consensual Adoption in England and Wales

By: Samantha M Davey
Media of A Failure of Proportion
See larger image
Published: 09-12-2021
Format: Paperback
Edition: 1st
Extent: 224
ISBN: 9781509943968
Imprint: Hart Publishing
Dimensions: 234 x 156 mm
RRP: £29.99
Online price : £26.99
Save £3.00 (10%)

: (?)

Buying pre-order items

Your pre-order item will usually be shipped on the publishing date of the book.


You will receive an email with a download link for the ebook on the publication date.


You will not be charged for pre-ordered books until they are available to be shipped. Pre-ordered ebooks will not be charged for until they are available for download.

Amending or cancelling your order

For orders that have not been shipped you can usually make changes to pre-orders up to 24 hours before the publishing date.

This book is also available in other formats: View formats

Delivery & Returns

Tell others about this product

Loren Epson

About A Failure of Proportion

This book explores non-consensual adoption - an area of law which has sparked considerable debate amongst academics, practitioners and the judiciary nationally and internationally. The emphasis of this book is on the circumstances in which non-consensual adoption may be regarded as a proportionate measure and when less severe forms of intervention, such as long-term foster care or kinship care, may also meet children's needs while providing protection to children's rights under the European Convention on Human Rights. The book builds on existing literature on adoption law but takes the discussion in new directions, placing an emphasis on the need to closely scrutinise children's and parents' rights at all stages of the adoption process, not simply when parents appeal against the making of an adoption order. A unique feature of this book is its emphasis on routinely incorporating key provisions from the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child into analysis when determining whether an adoption order is a proportionate measure.

Table Of Contents

1. Introduction
I. Non-Consensual Adoption: The Legal Issue and Social Climate
II. Background to Non-Consensual Adoption: A Controversial Solution
III. Book Overview
2. Children's Best Interests and Children's and Parents' Rights
I. Introduction: The Interrelationship between Rights and Best Interests
II. Non-Consensual Adoption and the European Convention on Human Rights
III. The United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child
IV. Conclusion
3. Adoption Cases in the European Court of Human Rights
I. Introduction: Last Port of Call and Last Portal of Hope?
II. The Protection of Children: The ECHR, the UNCRC and Proportionality
III. Procedural Protection of Rights in Adoption Proceedings
IV. Proportionate Protection of Substantive Rights in Care and Adoption Proceedings
V. Guidance on Reuniting Children and Parents in Adoption Cases?
VI. Two UK Adoption Cases in the European Court of Human Rights
VII. Conclusion
4. Adoption Cases in the Courts in England and Wales
I. Introduction: Adoption – First Port of Call or Last Resort?
II. The Adoption Legislation
III. The Controversy of Webster and Norfolk County Council and Others
IV. The Proportionality of Non-Consensual Adoption: Legal Challenges in the Supreme Court
V. Court of Appeal Guidance on Non-Consensual Adoption: Re B-S (Children)
VI. Adoption Law – More Adoptions, More Quickly
VII. Conclusion
5. Alternatives to Non-Consensual Adoption
I. Introduction: Adoption in Proportion?
II. State Assistance in England and Wales
III. Foster Care: Short-Term Stepping Stone or in for the Long Haul?
IV. Kinship Care: Keeping Extended Family Units Together
V. Special Guardianship Orders
VI. Non-Consensual Adoption with Direct Contact
VII. Government Targets, Financial Savings and Proportionality
VIII. Conclusion
6. Conclusion
I. An Overview of the Proportionality of Non-Consensual Adoptions
II. The State and Less Restrictive Alternatives
III. A Final Word on the Importance of Proportionality


“This well-researched volume is an important corrective to the dominance of adoption as a solution for children in need in some policy circles. As a book-length analysis of adoption in the context of both domestic and international human rights law, Davey's monograph is very valuable.” –  Brian Sloan, Cambridge Law Journal

Bookmark and Share