Can We Include The Voice Of The Child In Divorce? We Can, And We Must.

Researching Reform

Child Inclusive Mediation, a new online course designed by pioneering child welfare expert Professor McIntosh, allows social care and mediation professionals to learn how to incorporate children’s wishes and feelings into the divorce process.

The course offers the opportunity to learn core skills to allow for safe and meaningful inclusion of the voice of the child, using an evidence based approach which places the child’s welfare at the centre of proceedings, whilst building positive engagement between parents.

There are four different ways to complete the course, ranging from a short overview to a fully comprehensive series of modules to work through.

We think this course sounds like a wonderful addition to the growing body of work looking to understand children’s needs during life changing events like divorce and would be particularly useful to UK social workers, and family judges.

A very big thank you for sharing this item to Cecilia…

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Abuse by foster parents – can the Local Authority be sued?


Almost every case I write about is full of human tragedy and sadness, and this one particularly so. It involves a woman who when she was a child was placed in the care of foster parents, one presumes because it was decided that her own parents could not perform that task. That particular foster carer went on to physically and sexually abuse her. Dreadfully sad and unspeakably awful. I hope (but don’t know) that the foster carers have been convicted and punished.

The issue for this case was whether the woman could sue the Council who placed her there. They did not know of the abuse at the time, and there is no suggestion here that there was negligence on their part  (which would be either that the fostering checks hadn’t been carried out, or that they failed to make the visits and ongoing checks that were required by law…

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