Working Together to Safeguard Children

In October 2017, HM Government released their Working Together to Safeguard Children document. A consultation was then held until December 2017, where they invited views on changes to the statutory guidance Working Together to Safeguard Children, new child death review guidance and new regulations. In February, changes based on the consultation were made, and a […]

Kent County Council celebrate their Social Workers

With the sun shining, it’s hard to believe that just over a month ago the so called ‘Beast from the East’ was creating chaos all over the country. As ever the UK was seen to show a great amount of resilience, especially when it came to health and social care professionals getting themselves to work […]

Sir Ernest Ryder at BASPCAN’s 10th Annual Congress

Sir Ernest Ryder spoke at BASPCAN’s 10th Annual Congress on  9th April 2018 on ‘The Role of the Justice System in Decision-making for Children’. Sir Ryder hones in on judges and professionals within the Family Court being armed with the latest research evidence to inform their decisions and one of the 10 areas which he […]

Resolution’s Annual National Conference

On 20th and 21st April, we were proud to be exhibitors at Resolution’s Annual National Conference in Bristol. Our Business Development Manager, Ashleigh, and Recruitment and Training Lead, James, arrived at the beautiful city on Thursday night, ready for the weekend of networking ahead. The conference, whose Key Note speaker was the UK Supreme Court’s […]

Sir Andrew McFarlane appointed by HM The Queen

HM The Queen has approved the appointment of The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane as the President of the Family Division. Sir Andrew will step up to this position from 28th July 2018, following the retirement of Sir James Munby on 27th July 2018. This appointment was made by HM The Queen on the advice […]

Making Adoption Count in Manchester

Since 3 July 2017, Manchester City Council’s adoption services have been delivered jointly with four other local authorities and two voluntary adoption agencies through a regional adoption agency known as Adoption Counts. Due to this, many significant changes have taken place since Manchester’s last OFSTED report in 2014, including the posting of a new Director […]

Care Crisis Review: options for change

In 2016, James Munby made a statement about the Family Courts facing a ‘huge crisis’ over a rise in the number of care applications being made. “If… the current rate of increase of [around] 20% were to continue for the next three years, by 2019-20 the figure would have climbed to over 25,000,” Munby said. […]

Stop getting court up in queues

Government pilot designed to reduce queues into court and grant legal professionals easier access.  Whilst most people will never step foot into a court room throughout their lifetime, for many legal professionals, the local dock is a daily workplace. Heightened security of such government buildings is considered a huge benefit in many respects, especially in […]

Let’s talk about that DoLS backlog

Studies show that DoLS teams are getting through up to three times more assessments than they were in 2014/15, but the backlog of cases remaining incomplete or never started continues to grow. This is due to the number of new applications dramatically outstripping the number of completed or withdrawn assessments. Despite a rise in the […]

Liberty Protection Safeguards – a new, simpler system

A new, simpler system planned to replace ‘overly complex’ DoLS assessments. Deprivation of Liberty Safeguards assessments, commonly known as DoLS, are carried out on people who do not have the mental capacity to make their own decisions about their care, and have had their liberty deprived in some form. Studies show that DoLS teams are […]