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Campaign Success

You may recall that Napo joined an Article 39 campaign “Working Together for Children” a couple of years ago following an emergency motion being passed at AGM. This was to remove clauses from the Social Work Bill that aimed to reduce/remove local authorities’ statutory duties to provide for and to protect children. That campaign was successful.

Article 39 has more recently challenged the legitimacy of the “Myth Buster’s Guide” which was produced by the Department of Education. This contained guidelines for reducing / removing services to children within the care system which were not within the legislation of the Children Act 1989.

Article 39, under the directorship of Carolyne Willow, challenged the guide and asked the Children’s Minister to withdraw it but he refused. Article 39 launched a Judicial review regarding this. Napo Family Court Section and a number of other organisations pledged a donation to help with the legal costs involved (Article 39 is a charity).

The Court found against the Department of Education and the “Myth Buster” guide has been removed. The Department was ordered to pay the Court costs so that there was no need for the supporting organisations to help with these. A really good outcome all round. We remain in support of Article 39.

Family Court Journal – YOUR input needed

Family Court Section members will have received the latest copy of the Napo Family Court Journal – an important part of the professional role of Napo within the Family Court Section. We have re-formed the Editorial Board and our Editors, John Mallinson and Brian Kirby, are keen to produce two further editions of the journal during this year. We need article writers and book reviewers for these. If you would be interested in this, or know somebody within a related discipline who may be, please let us know – jay.barlow@cafcass.gov.uk

Section AGM and Professional Conference.

The Section AGM and Professional conference are to be half day events held together on the same day on 17th September in London. Please save this date in your diaries.

The decision to hold them together was made because the SEC has been aware that, in the absence of allowed time off to attend, members have found it  difficult to take two days off. High workloads are a big part of the problem. Planning is underway. These are always interesting and well worth attending.

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