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Family Justice Council Forum


Exploring the report and recommendations of the expert panel on:

 Assessing Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases

 Monday 14 December 2020

5.30pm to 7.30pm by MS Teams

The Family Justice Council will be hosting a virtual discussion forum on Monday, 14 December 2020, looking at the report (external link, opens in a new tab) and recommendations of the expert panel on Assessing the Risk of Harm to Children and Parents in Private Law Children Cases.

The primary role of the Family Justice Council is to promote an inter-disciplinary approach to family justice.  As an advisory body, it monitors how effectively the family justice system operates.  More information can be found at FJC.

The event will be chaired by Mr Justice Williams and speakers will include members of the expert panel:

  • Mr Justice Cobb – High Court Judge
  • Neal Barcoe – Ministry of Justice and member of the Family Justice Council
  • Eleri Butler – former Chief Executive, Welsh Women’s Aid
  • Lorraine Cavanagh QC – Association of Lawyers for Children
  • Professor Rosemary Hunter – University of Kent and member of the Family Justice Council

 The panel will deliver short presentations and discuss some of the issues raised in the report.  Pre-submitted questions and comments will be considered by the panel and there will also be an opportunity to raise questions at the event.

To apply for a place and to raise a question for the panel’s deliberation, please complete the attached form and send it to the Family Justice Council at: by close of business on Thursday 19 November 2020.  We will aim to notify you whether you have been allocated a place by 4 December 2020.

We aim to achieve a cross-section of all the key professions working in the family justice system and welcome applications from those who represent the interests of service users.  There will be no charge for attending this event.

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