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Insights from the Family Justice Council Conference 2023: Trauma in the family justice system

Date:30 MAY 2023
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Mark Blundell 1GC | Family Law
Ann Chavasse St Ives Chambers Trustee of Family Rights Group


Trauma in the Family Justice System was the issue for this years Family Justice Council Conference chaired by the President. The annual Bridget Lindley lecture was delivered by Dr Sheena Webb who gave a compelling exposition of the serious and enduring effects of trauma and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder. We heard from Pragna Patel how women of colour experience particular difficulties within the family justice system. From Wigan social workers spoke of how they had adapted their practice to be trauma focused. There were moving presentations from those who had experienced trauma in the system; young women who as children were caught up in proceedings; a research project highlighting the trauma of removal of babies at birth and the birth mothers who had set up the HOPE Project to help other birth mothers; a mother who had been involved in contact proceedings for 10 years with her daughter’s coercively abusive father; a father who had used his experience of the system to set up the Parent’s Promise and...

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