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Bristol court hosts ‘Mothers in recurrent care proceedings: how do we break the cycle?’

Date:21 OCT 2016
On 20 October the Bristol Civil and Family Justice Centre hosted another informative evening event open to the public. This time the focus was on ‘Mothers in recurrent care proceedings: how do we break the cycle?’

This is the latest in a number of initiatives taken by the Bristol court and local professionals to engage with the public and offer more insight into the workings of the Family Court and the issues faced by practitioners and parties.

The evening was chaired by Judi Evans of St John’s Chambers and the panel of speakers were:
  • Professor Karen Broadhurst a professor of Social Work and Socio-Legal Studies at Lancaster University where she is the Strategic Director for Social Work Education; 
  • Georgina Perry co-founder of the Pause project;
  • Sally-Anne Jenkins Head of Children & Young Peoples Services Newport City Council; and 
  • Dr Freda Gardner a Consultant Clinical Psychologist and Clinical Director of Orchard House.
There was also a written contribution from Surviving Safeguarding who is a parent and campaigner for mothers.

Karen Broadhurst began by discussing the

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