Unpleasant reading for professionals: Misogyny in the family courts – VictimFocus Blog

A blog that highlights not only how women are being labelled but also how reports of child abuse are being used to undermine the credibility of women. — Read on victimfocusblog.com/2020/09/22/misogyny-in-the-family-courts/amp/

Fascinating update (study) ‘How Attachment Style Changes Through Multiple Decades Of Life.’ Spoiler alert: it is not all down to parents.

“Attachment theory, which was first proposed in the 1950s by the British psychoanalyst John Bowlby, is one of the most influential in psychology. It argues for the importance of our earliest relationships with our caregivers, and predicts that these formative bonds will shape the nature of our connections with other people for the rest ofContinue reading “Fascinating update (study) ‘How Attachment Style Changes Through Multiple Decades Of Life.’ Spoiler alert: it is not all down to parents.”

‘Is it not children who bind not just families but the whole world together’ Kazuo Ishiguro, When we were orphans’.

Call for inquiry into abusive parents’ access to children – BBC News — Read on http://www.google.co.uk/amp/s/www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/uk-48230618

Lone parents lose benefits cap challenge at supreme court – a stark reminder the the Courts are a check in the system but Government is in Charge.

Justices reject appeal despite Lord Wilson saying impact of cap was ‘undoubtedly harsh’ — Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2019/may/15/lone-parents-lose-benefits-cap-challenges-supreme-court

Born of injustice – troubling reporting supported by the BMA – looking at perceived failures in our laws that result in babies being separated from their biological mothers

Junior doctor Carrie Adams had her baby taken away when she was a day old. Now she has won the right to reveal what happened to her. Now, with the BMA’s help, she has won the right to reveal what happened to her. — Read on http://www.bma.org.uk/features/bornofinjustice/

The thousands of children missing out on key support for diagnosed special educational needs in England”, it absolutely is ‘a national scandal.’ Depriving those already disadvantaged of a decent education is tantamount to robbery.

Missing special needs support ‘a national scandal’ – BBC News — Read on http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/amp/education-46400397

Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) meant many private family law cases (including arrangements that can result in one parent not seeing their children at all ) do not qualify for a publicly funded lawyer.

Family Lawyers Are Turning Away Thousands Of People In Child Access Battles Thanks To Legal Aid Cuts — Read on http://www.buzzfeed.com/amphtml/emilydugan/parents-family-court-no-lawyer-legal-aid-cuts

“An Important UK Law On Racial Discrimination Is 50 Years Old” well worth revisiting – published by RightsInfo

An Important UK Law On Racial Discrimination Is 50 Years Old – RightsInfo — Read on rightsinfo.org/an-important-uk-law-on-racial-discrimination-is-50-years-old/

This is a blog post by Louise Tickle, journalist member of The Transparency Project. It relates to yesterday’s Times article by Andrew Norfolk and the blog post from our chair Lucy Reed that we published yesterday in response, and in which we indicated that we might in due course publish other posts which expressed different views. You can read that blog and link to the original Times article here

I’d have written that article too | The Transparency Project — Read on http://www.transparencyproject.org.uk/id-have-written-that-article-too/

One hoax phone call, 12 years behind bars: the prisoners with learning disabilities – excellent report by journalists at the Guardian

A disproportionate number of people in UK prisons have learning disabilities. Three of them tell their stories — Read on amp.theguardian.com/society/2018/oct/27/one-hoax-phone-call-12-years-behind-bars-the-prisoners-with-learning-disabilities

The government’s figures show big rises in the numbers of education, health and care plan assessments being refused or delayed “People give up’ – disturbing and something I see in my day job mediating between parents and local authorities.

— Read on amp.theguardian.com/education/2017/sep/05/crisis-in-support-for-sen-children-ehc-plans

Home Affairs Committee airs “particular” concerns about the impact on children of court proceedings, and the lack of co-ordinated support for them. There is a need for more specialist children’s workers who are trained to recognise the impact of domestic abuse on children, and to ensure that the relevant statutory organisations respond to their needs. We recommend that the new Commissioner should have, as a priority in the first year of office, to review the impact upon children of the interaction between the family courts, children’s services, CAFCASS and the police, with particular reference to contact arrangements in domestic violence cases. (Paragraph 119)

Domestic Abuse – Home Affairs Committee – House of Commons — Read on publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm201719/cmselect/cmhaff/1015/101509.htm

Students should be encouraged to think and challenge – so to be excluded from Spalding Grammar School after ‘silent protest’ over controversial bags policy is (IMHO) excessive.

An A-Level student was excluded from Spalding Grammar School for two days after silent protest over controversial ban on large bags. — Read on http://www.spaldingtoday.co.uk/news/student-excluded-after-silent-protest-over-controversial-bags-policy-9046813/

Domestic Violence against women. Free online courses available from HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals)

The Council of Europe Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals (HELP) Programme and the Council of Europe Violence against Women Division have together created the free online course on Violence against Women and Domestic Violence. This online course covers in an interactive way the key concepts, the international and European legal framework and the EuropeanContinue reading “Domestic Violence against women. Free online courses available from HELP (Human Rights Education for Legal Professionals)”

“We know that the status children have can change easily and sometimes frequently. The lack of legal aid available for families to resolve their immigration status can mean children fall in and out of services, leaving them exposed to considerable risk. “Undocumented children are often excluded from accessing mainstream benefits, secondary NHS healthcare and local authority homelessness assistance, and their parents are sometimes not allowed legally to work. Children in such families, care leavers and young adults who are over 18 with unresolved immigration issues are at serious risk of destitution and, at worst, abuse and exploitation, as a result of hardening immigration policies and cuts to legal aid. Legal Aid: Post-Implementation Review – Hansard

Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Daily Debates — Read on hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-09-04/debates/B65C30AA-032A-4957-9064-EA19A3891488/LegalAidPost-ImplementationReview

The Equality and Human Rights Commission also drew attention to the fact that the removal of most private family law from the scope of legal aid affects women disproportionately, and of course the removal of most immigration law impacts people from certain ethnic minorities. Legal Aid: Post-Implementation Review – Hansard

Hansard (the Official Report) is the edited verbatim report of proceedings of both the House of Commons and the House of Lords. Daily Debates from Hansard are published on this website the next working day. — Read on hansard.parliament.uk/commons/2018-09-04/debates/B65C30AA-032A-4957-9064-EA19A3891488/LegalAidPost-ImplementationReview

More evidence emerges on impact of informal exclusions | ROTA – Race On The Agenda

Since 2012, ROTA has been gathering evidence on informal school exclusions, a practice which has continued, under various guises, including ‘off rolling’ and ‘home schooling’ to the detriment of pupils and their families who have experienced this. We report here on new information coming through, that suggests that the issue, far from going away, isContinue reading “More evidence emerges on impact of informal exclusions | ROTA – Race On The Agenda”

What is a mentor? The outcome of successful mentoring is development of the person being mentored. By definition, then, a mentor is someone who successfully develops someone else. It’s not an easy thing to do. What qualities do you need to possess to be a successful mentor?

What is a mentor? All you think a mentor is, and a lot more – Investors in People — Read on http://www.investorsinpeople.com/what-is-a-mentor-all-you-think-a-mentor-is-and-a-lot-more/

I see this every day in my professional capacity. A “silent crisis” in the care system has left more than 13,000 children with unacceptable levels of support from local authorities, an analysis warns. Tens of thousands more are being looked after by English councils that are deemed to be in need of improvement, with warnings that a £3bn shortfall in the budget for children’s services will emerge by 2025. Anne Longfield, the children’s commissioner for England, said the findings cast “a stark spotlight on the inadequacies of systems that are meant to be in place to support our most vulnerable children”. | The Guardian

Short-term thinking and lack of funding are wrecking the life chances of young people in the care of local authorities — Read on http://www.theguardian.com/society/2018/aug/18/crisis-inadequate-council-caring-for-thousands-of-children-local-authority-care