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Nagalro October 2017 Conference

'But What about the Children?:  Hearing the voice of children and young people in court proceedings''

09 October 2017 in London

Court proceedings involving the future of children are coming under increased strain as the numbers of applications increase and the requirements of the PLO put pressure on timescales.  There is a danger that the voice of the child becomes increasingly marginalized in the process.  It is imperative that child welfare professionals remain vigilant in ensuring that children’s views are ascertained and included in reaching decisions that can affect the rest of the child’s life.  This conference will provide a platform for debate where some of these concerns can be examined.  Among the topics included will be the role of the Children’s Guardian and child’s solicitor in helping the child's voice to be heard, the conduct of ABE interviews and their use in public and private law cases as well as in criminal proceedings, extending the right to be heard to refugee and asylum seeking children and ensuring that disabled children and young people have equal opportunities to be listened to in court proceedings.
Chair of the Conference: The Rt Hon Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division
Speakers will include:
  • Jennifer Lynch, Family Justice Young People's Board coordinator and FJYP Board member
  • Ruth Marchant, Co-director of Triangle
  • Sheila Melzak, Child Psychotherapist and Director of the Baobab Centre for Young Survivors in Exile
  • Rodney Noon, Solicitor/Advocate in Child and Family Law and editor of Seen and Heard
  • Debbie Singleton, Direcotr of Legal Services (Family) NYAS


Nagalro Spring 2018 Conference

'Contact:  In Whose Best Interests?'

 12 March 2018 in London

Contact between children and their parents, siblings and wider family is one of the thorniest issues that the Family Court has to grapple with on a daily basis.  How much is enough? What is too much? Can there be direct contact after adoption? When and how can that take place? Can contact be used to support an adoptive placement?  When will it undermine it? This conference will address current issues in both theory and practice pre proceedings and in permanency in the light of the impact of recent research and social media.
Conference Chair:  Lord Justice McFarlane, Lord Justice Appeal in England and Wales
Details about speakers and presentations coming soon.