P was born on 24 August 2012 in England, while her mother (known in this case as A, but in the caesarean decision as AA) was in the country for work purposes. Both A and B (P’s father) live in Italy; she is an Italian citizen, he is not. P was subject to an interim care order from birth, and this was continually renewed under section 38 of the Children Act (CA) 1989.
On 12 October 2013 the Family Division of the High Court published a judgment which had been handed down in private on 5 September 2013 concerning an application from a father for a specific issue order under section 8 of the Children Act 1989 requiring that his 15 year old (L) and 11 year old (M) daughters received the MMR vaccination. Dr Sara Fovargue considers the case and its implications.