Humane Social Work Conference Not So Humane After All

Researching Reform

Back in January of this year, we posted details about a social work conference taking place this month that we were genuinely excited about, which was created to examine current social work practice and look to make it more humane for the many vulnerable families involved.

Hosted by King’s College London and set up by The British Association of Social Workers (BASW), Making Research Count (MRC) and the three Faculties (Children and Families, Mental Health and Adults) of the former College of Social Work, the event promised to hear from practitioners, and, service users.

Shortly after we published details of this event, a service user contacted us to tell us that they had tried to book a place but had been told it would cost them over £200 for the privilege, and they would therefore not be able to go. We offered to investigate, and more importantly to see if we could…

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UK Insurance Companies Covering Up Child Abuse Since 1996?

Researching Reform

When news broke last year that local authorities had been caught trying to suppress evidence of child abuse to avoid losing insurance cover should they have found themselves having to compensate victims, the public and the media started to look at how insurance companies in these situations were behaving, too.

A BBC investigation observed that insurance companies were placing pressure on councils to make it increasingly difficult for victims of sexual abuse to seek justice, not just in the present, but stretching back several years.

That this behaviour has a long history to it, is even greater cause for concern. We know this kind of behaviour stems back at least as far as 1996, when MP Rhodri Morgan exposed insurance companies Zurich Mutual and Municipal’s threats to withdraw insurance if independent reports outlining abuse in care in Wales, were published.

As of yet, there has only been one inquiry into how…

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Family Friendly Private Law Orders Now Available

Family Friendly Private Law Orders Now Available

by Natasha

In a bid to help simplify the often awkward and unnecessarily complex language used within the Family Courts, the President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby, has announced a new set of Private Law Orders, which are designed to be user friendly.

The Orders relate to the Child Arrangements Programme (CAP), which focuses on disagreements between parents or families about arrangements concerning any children involved. It is hoped that the changes to the orders will make it easier for the growing number of self represented parents (Litigants in Person, LIPs) to understand the process and engage with it.

One of the most exciting aspects of these re-formatted orders is that they are set using templates which, we are told, should allow parents and other parties to leave the court with a copy of the order on the same day. A very welcome development, as orders can often take months to appear.

If you’d like to take a look at the drafts for these orders, you can do so by clicking the first link above (the documents are sitting at the bottom of the Jordans post, and can be downloaded).

What do you think? Are these new forms really user friendly, or do they still leave a lot of questions unanswered for families representing themselves in court?




Natasha | January 28, 2016 at 9:40 pm | Categories: Family Law, LIPs, Researching Reform | URL: