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Update following the Children Law Sub Committee Meeting on 21st February

01 March 2018

Our Partner, Penny Scott, Chair of The Law Society Family Law Committee attended the Children Law Sub Committee on the 21st February 2018. 

Review of LASPO

it is unconfirmed when the review of Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 (LASPO) will start.  It was announced just before the General Election that the review would take place within 12 months and therefore this is expected to take place by May 2018. 

Post-election we have had two different Lord Chancellors within the Justice Department and therefore a review of LASPO is not necessarily at the top of their agenda. 

LASPO

Work is still continuing under LASPO including the Bach Review and The Law Society’s own campaign for the restoration of early advice. 

DV Evidence Requirements

Following the new provisions, The Law Society will be producing a poster to explain the Domestic Violence (DV) evidence requirements. Look out for this soon. 

Presentations

We had two very interesting presentations regarding whether or not, and in which circumstances, post-adoption contact and supervision orders are useful. 

Nuffield Foundation funded research 

Discussions took place regarding the various pieces of research of which are being funded by the Nuffield Foundation. One piece of research in particular is the review into the reasons for the ‘Crisis in Care Proceedings’ by the Family Rights Group. More information can be found on the Nuffield Foundation website.  http://www.nuffieldfoundation.org 

Social Workers and Social Media

Discussions also took place around Social Workers using social media to research for their assessments, throwing the question is this useful or even legal? 

Another productive meeting, Thank you to our Law Society members, Resolution colleagues and everyone involved for their hard work, commitment and valuable input. 

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