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Nagalro Responds to Assault on Family Court Judge in Milton Keynes

Nagalro Responds to Assault on Family Court Judge in Milton Keynes

04 December 2023 (Last updated: 4 Dec 2023 13:39)

Nagalro Responds to Assault on Family Court Judge in Milton Keynes

Nagalro extends its sympathy to the judge who was assaulted in court by a litigant on 29 November 2023 and hopes that our professional colleague will make a speedy recovery.

Family proceedings are the most emotionally charged of any civil court case. They deal with individuals’ children, relationships, and the homes over their heads. Judges, lawyers, social workers, and expert witnesses may be called upon to take part in a wide range of decisions, including those which will mean that a parent may never see their child again. These hearings may be held in little more than a modestly sized office, with no immediately available security.

Behind the scenes of the court hearings, social workers, children’s guardians, and independent social workers are still going out, often alone, to carry out assessments in the homes of parents who may have been accused of violence or other forms of abuse. Our family justice system has suffered more than a decade of neglect, with crumbling premises, lengthening waiting lists for hearings and a failure to invest in the operation of the justice system.

Since the implementation of the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012, many litigants in the family court are forced to represent themselves and they have no access to professional advice. These individuals are left with whatever material they may find on social media, which, for those who are looking for it, is a well-stocked larder for anyone seeking affirmation that everything and everyone is working against them. The toxic cocktail is fortified by a government far too slow to react when newspapers label judges as the ‘Enemies of the People’.

Nagalro’s Chair, Yvonne Wilson, a children’s guardian in the London family courts said:

“I am aware that professionals working within the Family Court settings are at times anxious and concerned for their own personal safety whilst undertaking their professional duties.  Many have expressed concern that they could be identified and consequently targeted.  Personal safety is a particular concern for those working on their own, particularly when undertaking visits in the community.  Safety is and should be a matter of concern requiring urgent attention for all those involved in public and private law cases and irrespective of their individual role and position in the proceedings.”

Nagalro says that this shocking incident involving a Family Court Judge highlights the security issues which exist for all in Court, especially independent social workers and children’s guardians and that there is an urgent need to recognise and address it for everyone.  This should include the re-introduction of legal aid for parents in private law proceedings to ensure professional advice and timely resolution of disputes for all parents.

For further please information contact:

Nagalro office    01372 818504 and 0779 394 9634;


Notes to Editors:

  1. Nagalro is the professional association for Family Court Advisers, Children’s Guardians and Independent Social Workers.   Its members represent the interests of children in a range of public and private law proceedings.   Nagalro members are senior, highly experienced children and family social workers who work in a variety of roles.   Many work as independent social workers and risk assessors providing expert witness reports in a wide range of complex cases coming before the family courts; in fostering and adoption agencies; in independent practice providing therapeutic services; as academics; as supervisors, mentors and consultants.   Members have significant experience as managers, chairs of Adoption Panels and other specialist social work practitioner roles.


  1. The Nagalro website is at