This article analyses the recent cases where the courts have sought
to prevent children and their parents travelling to Syria and other war zones
and the legal context including the statutory duty now imposed on public
authorities to prevent people from being drawn into terrorism.
The article explores the multifarious nature of
these cases (including forced marriage and child sexual exploitation), the
problems posed for social workers (with the danger that they are being
recruited to police families in a politically charged context) and the human
rights issues that arise. The challenges it poses for the family justice system
are new with the danger that, without skill and care, children will be
separated from their parents because of religious and political belief.
The full version of this article appears in the September 2015 issue of Family Law
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