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Researching Reform: Child welfare people and policies to watch in 2015

Date:5 JAN 2015
2014 has for family law at least been a year of hard truths and hard knocks affecting partners children and practitioners alike. This sobering state of affairs is to be expected inside a sector embattled by widely-contested political reforms and enduring an even deeper resource crisis. Challenges questioning legal aid policy and concerns over the Family Court’s future in a fast changing landscape have also made an uneven playing field foggy with procedural ambiguity.

But if 2014 was the year that Family Law bottomed out and bared all to the world 2015 is set to be the year of the pioneer taking those reforms suggestions and nascent policy murmurs and turning them into workable practices inside the system.

Having already proven itself as the only serious contender to the current court structure in place for vulnerable families the Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) continues to set the standard for what a functional effective public family law court looks...

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