Morning, Thursday, 27th February 2020
The Caledonian Club 9 Halkin Street, Belgravia, London, SW1X 7DR
THIS EVENT IS CPD CERTIFIED
This conference examines the next steps for family justice in England and Wales, including:
- Court modernisation;
- Protecting vulnerable users;
- Developing care proceedings; and
- The use of data and evidence to improve outcomes.
The seminar is timed to take place as the Government considers responses to a number of key consultations on the family court structures, including:
There will be keynote contributions from:
- Sir James Munby, Chair, Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and former President, Family Justice Division, High Court of England and Wales - discussing his work on Special Guardianship Orders as well as his time as President of the Family Division;
- Neal Barcoe, Deputy Director, Family Justice Policy Division, Ministry of Justice - on the MoJ’s report on the risk of harm in private law cases, and the Government’s plans for policy more widely in Family Justice;
- Isabel Syred, Service Manager, Divorce and Family Reforms, HMCTS and Emma Petty, Service Lead, Public Law and Adoption Reforms, HMCTS - who will be giving an update on the Service’s current court reform programme and the next stages of implementation;
- Dr Mike Shaw, Co-Director, National Unit, Family Drug and Alcohol Court - on the FDAC’s work and the lessons that can be learned more widely from the problem-solving courts; and
- A senior speaker confirmed from Citizens Advice.
Further confirmed speakers include: Adina Claire, Women’s Aid; Mor Dioum, Victoria Climbié Foundation; Usha Sood, Trent Chambers and senior speakers confirmed from National Family Mediation and Jessica Asato, SafeLives.
- Improving data and research evidence in family justice;
- Problem-solving courts - addressing substance misuse, mental health problems and domestic abuse;
- The impact of changes to private family law proceedings - protecting vulnerable users and meeting demand and expanding mediation;
- Supporting victims and ensuring effective legal advice for litigants;
- Reforming care proceedings in England and Wales - Special Guardianship Orders, improving standards nationwide and innovative approaches to care;
- Implementing court modernisation; and
- Next steps for policy.
Engagement with policy officials at this conference
Westminster Legal Policy Forum conferences typically attract strong interest from policymakers. This seminar will be an opportunity for stakeholders to engage with officials who have reserved places representing: the MoJ; Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service; the Judicial College; the Department for Education; the FCO; and the Welsh Government.