NEW Young Parents Project

A Call for Evidence The Family Rights Group are circulating a call for evidence to try and identify the approaches which local authorities are taking to working with younger parents (many of whom are care experienced or care leavers themselves). Responses can be given verbally or via email (with as much or as little detail as those... Continue Reading →

Obtaining an expert report without court permission


A quirky case from the pen of Her Honour Judge Lazarus.  [We have previously seen Her Honour Judge Lazarus in the decision in the case about the foster carer who was abusive towards the mother who tape-recorded her, and in the s20 case where compensation of £40,000 was ordered, in both cases the Judge being very critical of the Local Authority.]

As a general principle, if you want an expert in family Court proceedings, you need to get the permission of the Court first. Showing an expert any documents before the Court has given you that permission is a contempt of Court and if you go by the back door and pay for a report without the Court’s permission, you may not be able to rely on it. So it would be  a waste of your money.

This particular case involved an expert called Dr Lowenstein, whose name rang a…

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Substance misuse

ru-ok? is a Brighton based service that works alongside under 18s whose lives are affected by substance misuse in Brighton & Hove. The service offers free, confidential, expert advice and support. The service produces regular briefing notes for Brighton & Hove Children's Services and this latest one contains lots of helpful information that will be relevant to our... Continue Reading →

Relationship-Based Social Work

Read the full article at source: Danielle Turney on Relationship-Based Social Work Also, for take a look at this great youtube by Hilary Cottam. Youtube 'Relationship-based practice through the eyes of a social work': Other relevant publications  Lincoln, Helen (2015)  Relationship-based approach to social work Cooper, Andrew (2015) Relationship based practice works – the evidence Hammond,... Continue Reading →

Serious Case Reviews

Second report of the national panel of independent experts  Working Together to Safeguard Children 2013, the Government’s guide to inter- agency working published in March 2013, announced that a national panel of independent experts would be established ‘to support Local Safeguarding Children Boards (LSCBs) in ensuring that appropriate action is taken to learn from serious... Continue Reading →

Emotional health in childhood

Emotional health in childhood ‘is the key to future happiness’ — Children in NI (@ChildreninNI) November 11, 2015 // Layard and his colleagues at the Wellbeing research programme at the London School of Economics’ Centre for Economic Performance  concluded that a child’s emotional health is  more important to their satisfaction levels as an adult than other... Continue Reading →

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