We have been lobbying hard on the Welfare Reform Bill and the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Bill as they are considered in the House of Lords. We have been working with partners including the Welfare Reform Consortium, the Kinship Care Alliance and the Law Society to highlight concerns about the impact of both bills. In drawing up amendments and briefings, we have particularly focused upon the significant, if unintended adverse affects on family and friends carers, which could result in more children ending up unnecessarily in care. We have held constructive meetings with Ministers including Lord Freud and Lord McNally and are confident that some progress will be made in the new year. An extra big thank you to Baroness Tyler, Baroness Drake, Baroness Massey and Lord Beecham for all their support and hard work.
New training course for solicitors:
Family and Friends Care: what lawyers and legal advisers need to know
£75 (10% discount for FRG members). Kindly hosted by Withers LLP.
7 March 2012 3.30-7pm, central London
Family and friends care workshops:
We are holding three seminars which will present and consider:
• findings from the new research studies outlined
• analysis of local authority family and friends care policies including best practice
• Consider what is feasible in terms of data collection and analysis.
The seminars are aimed at local authority family and friends care leads, local authority legal departments, senior children's services managers, lead councillors, judges, as well as family and friends carers.
21 st March 2012, York
28 th March 2012, Birmingham
30 th March 2012, London
To find out more email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Three day Family Group Conference training for new co-ordinators
21, 22 and 23 February 2012, London
Looked after children – advanced law and practice course for IROs and social workers
8 March 2012, London
Essential legal information for family group conference co-ordinators
14 March 2012, London
Working with fathers who present a risk to their children
27 March 2012, London