In Re D (A Child)  EWCA Civ 315 the Court of Appeal has upheld the decision of Baker J to terminate the parental responsibility of a father who had been imprisoned for sexual offences against children from a previous relationship.
D was born in 2004; the parties never married but the father obtained parental responsibility for him by virtue of being named on D’s birth certificate (s.4(1) CA 1989). In 2009 the father pleaded guilty to sexual offences against the mother’s two daughters (from a previous relationship) and was sentenced to 48 months imprisonment. On his release in June 2011 the mother issued an application under s.4(2A) that the father’s parental responsibility in respect of D be terminated; the father cross-applied for a specific issue order that the mother provide him with annual reports about D’s progress. He did not apply for contact.