About the Family Law Week blog

The Family Law Week Blog is a companion site to Family Law Week. It complements the news, cases and articles published on Family Law Week with additional comment and coverage of the wider aspects of family law.

The Blog is edited by Jacqui Gilliatt, of 4 Brick Court and Lucy Reed, of St Johns Chambers.

Thursday, 6 March 2008

News Roundup

Ofsted has published Joint area review (JAR) reports for Hammersmith and Fulham, Knowsley, Bracknell Forest, Derby, Gloucestershire, Leicestershire, Liverpool, North Lincolnshire and Wandsworth. The services reviewed include council services, health services, police and probation services, and publicly funded services provided by voluntary bodies. Evidence from other inspections, including schools, further education colleges and residential settings, also contribute to the review. You can look at the reports for the individual authorities
here .

Ofsted also publishes its reviews of LA adoption & fostering services and residential units on their social care page .


The Fatherhood Institute and Department for Children, Schools and Families have produced guidance for local authorities and children’s trusts to help them develop parenting support services which are effective at strengthening father-child relationships. The guidance, which consists of a 'checklist' of father-inclusive approaches, is aimed mainly at Parenting Commissioners and those involved in drawing up Parenting Strategies, but will be of interest to anyone with a strategic role in children's services. DCSF will review implementation and follow up with Parenting Commissioners 'at some point after the Parenting Strategies have been submitted'.



The London Safeguarding Children Board has published its procedures for safeguarding children abused through domestic violence.



The NSPCC is running a course on Child Sex Abuse & the Law on 8 - 9 April.

You can sign up for a weekly CASPAR email alert from the NSPCC as well as weekly email alerts on New in the NSPCC library .


In case you missed it, registered members of the Law Society can use their new online legal library which has been developed in conjunction with Lexis Nexis.


The Observer previews a government commissioned study (The 'Care Profiling Study' report produced by a team at the University of Bristol, led by Judith Masson. It analyses the characteristics of a sample of nearly 400 cases of care proceedings that went before the family courts between 2004 and 2007) which apparently concludes that social workers are generally more than justified in bringing care proceedings.

Katy Dowell comments in the Lawyer on the proposals to make family court decisions publicly available.

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