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Parenting in fear: Child welfare micro strategies of Nigerian parents in Britain | @DrCunOkpokiri @BJofSW

Author: Dr Cynthia Okpokiri Article featured in British Journal of Social Work On 15 December 2020 This important article focuses on Nigerian parents’ experiences of the British child welfare system. It provides a helpful insight into the factors which influence families interaction with the British child welfare system and calls for safeguarding professionals to adopt … Continue reading Parenting in fear: Child welfare micro strategies of Nigerian parents in Britain | @DrCunOkpokiri @BJofSW

T and R, Re (Refusal of Placement Order) [2021] EWCA Civ 71 (28 January 2021).

The matter of T & R Re (Refusal of Placement Order) [2021] EWCA Civ 71 (28 January 2021) involved an appeal by a local authority and children's guardian against a decision to refuse to approve placement orders in respect of two children, T (a 3 year old boy) and R (a 2 year old girl). The … Continue reading T and R, Re (Refusal of Placement Order) [2021] EWCA Civ 71 (28 January 2021).

Building a picture of fathers in the family justice system in England | Nuffield Foundation

New research helps to build a more complete picture of the fathers who lose access to their children because of concerns about child neglect or their ability to provide safe care. A Nuffield-funded research partnership between the University of East Anglia and Lancaster University has published the first analysis of fathers’ involvement in care and … Continue reading Building a picture of fathers in the family justice system in England | Nuffield Foundation

Family Justice Resource Hub

This new page on the ADCS website hosts a series of practical resources, such as templates, tools and practice guidance which will be of interest to anyone working in the family justice system. Many of these resources have been produced by sub-groups made up of sector representatives involved with the President of the Family Division’s … Continue reading Family Justice Resource Hub

Family justice overhaul bids to limit number of care proceedings

Guidance and recommendations aim to divert more families from the courts and ease practitioners’ workloads through better use of pre-proceedings and section 20, and streamline cases that do go to court. Longer term, the report recommends refocusing the role of independent reviewing officers (IROs) and conference chairs to offer additional oversight outside of proceedings to … Continue reading Family justice overhaul bids to limit number of care proceedings

Unequal chances? Ethnic disproportionality in child welfare and family justice | Family Law

Many have experienced their own Black Lives Matter moment in the last 12 months, a sharp realisation of entrenched prejudices and inequalities that still exist in our society.In the family justice system that moment came last October when a black barrister, Alexandra Wilson, was mistaken for a defendant three times in one day.And yet, more … Continue reading Unequal chances? Ethnic disproportionality in child welfare and family justice | Family Law

Protecting Children’s Rights in Institutional Settings

Protecting children’s rights in institutional settings 21 & 28 April 2021, 10am-1pm (two half-days via Zoom) – LIMITED PLACES AVAILABLE15 & 22 September, 10am-1pm (two half-days via Zoom) – PLACES AVAILABLE “[This course] will definitely change my approach when visiting residential care homes as it will make me consider further the conduct of the staff, … Continue reading Protecting Children’s Rights in Institutional Settings

#HappyHoli2021

All good wishes for a happy Holi. While things may look a bit different this year, Holi festival is a spectacularly beautiful and colourful celebration about love, new beginnings and happiness. The Festival of Colours (Holi) announces the arrival of spring and the passing of winter. The festival breathes an atmosphere of joy and love, … Continue reading #HappyHoli2021

Happy Passover | Jan Peppler

After a year of Covid-19, Passover has new meaning. Even if you are not Jewish, consider celebrating this holiday on Saturday.Passover — Jan Peppler HOME Passover, also called Pesach, is a major Jewish holiday that occurs in the spring on the 15th day of the Hebrew month of Nisan (27 MARCH-4 APRIL 2021). Passover is also … Continue reading Happy Passover | Jan Peppler

Women in leadership | Social Work Week 2021

In honour of International Women’s Day, this wonderful event celebrated diversity and leadership in social work. This keynote session welcomed Sarah Blackmore, executive director of strategy, policy and engagement at Social Work England. She reflected on the journey she has taken from social work training in Ireland and working with families, to leading the strategic … Continue reading Women in leadership | Social Work Week 2021