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.

Tuesday, 8 July 2008

News Roundup

The Times reports on the BAAF initiative to urge social workers to approach ethnic adoptions flexibly. BAAF itself have just held a conference on the topic of the placement of black ethnic minority children.

DJ Crichton speaks out against the fee increases for care proceedings & Law in Action covered the same theme as does Community Care .

Eastenders is to feature a child abuse story line according to the Guardian .

Community Care reports on the ruling of the ombudsman that Essex County Council should pay compensation for its failure to offer proper financial support to a step-grandparent who became the primary carer for her step-grandchild.

Concern is also raised in Community Care about the adequacy of financial support to special guardians, particularly former foster carers.


The Open University & the Family & Parenting Institute held a joint conference on modern motherhood following on some major research carried out by the OU - the research can be downloaded from this OU website and Yvonne Roberts comments in the Guardian on the absence of policies to support mothers.

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