#EqualityMatters: Tackling inequalities faced by Gypsy, Roma and Traveller communities

The Women and Equalities Committee has held a session examining violence against women and girls from Gypsy Roma and Traveller (GRT) communities. In particular, the Committee examined: The context in which abusive relationships may arise in GRT communities The barriers that GRT women face when trying to leave abusive situations The relationship between GRT communities... Continue Reading →

S (Recognising The Role of the Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO)) [2018] EWFC 71 (08 November 2018)

This is a reported case from a Circuit Judge, so not binding, but very interesting.   Effectively the IRO backed a plan of adoption based in part on abysmal home conditions, but had not been told by the social worker of dramatic improvements. 17.   The IRO Handbook places a high burden on social workers to ensure... Continue Reading →

Keynote by Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane “Crisis; What Crisis?”

Rt. Hon. Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division recently Key Note Address: “Crisis; What Crisis?”Association of Lawyers for Children Conference 2018 23 November 2018. This conference is meeting at a time when an unprecedented number of applications are being made each month by local authorities for care or supervision orders in relation to children.... Continue Reading →

Families must be diverted away from courts, Trowler report argues

The government must do more to divert families with ‘entrenched’ problems away from the courts, research by the chief children’s social worker has concluded. The ‘Case for clear blue water’ briefing by Isabelle Trowler found too many marginal cases involving children at risk of significant harm were entering the family justice system. The study argued... Continue Reading →

The Untold, Fighting for My Niece | BBC radio 4

Please listen to this BBC Radio 4 piece. It concerns 38 year old entrepreneur Simon who is fighting to become his teenage niece's legal guardian after she was placed in care. Until last year, Simon was a highly successful businessman with a city lifestyle to match. Then his business went under - and with it... Continue Reading →

Siblings, Contact and the Law: An overlooked relationship? | Nuffield Foundation

This new report is the first legal study in England and Wales to focus on sibling relationships. It offers insights into current thinking about siblings and fills a knowledge gap. By identifying the impact of the shifting legal framework and practitioner and expert assumptions about siblings underpinning current legal decision-making, it addresses an overlooked issue.... Continue Reading →


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