Anna McKenna of 1 King’s Bench Walk “skilfully” exposes improper investigation by authorities of mother’s allegations at the High Court in AS v TH (False Allegations of Abuse) 2016 EWHC 532 Fam.

This application by the mother of children N and S was in respect of a series of allegations made against the father of S, TH.  The allegations were of serious emotional, physical and sexual abuse perpetrated by TH against her and both children. Mr Justice MacDonald, found none of the allegations made by the mother to be proved, and in fact finding them to be false, criticised in detail the conduct of the professionals. He further found the actions of certain professionals actively contributed to the difficulties in assessing the evidence, ‘materially prejudiced the welfare of both children’ and contributed to the emotional harm the children had suffered.

The court did not make a single finding sought by the mother. At TH’s request it went further, and made findings that each of the allegations made by the mother was false. For a more detailed explanation of the case click here.