WORRIED ABOUT THE IMPACT ON YOUR CHILDREN?
Child Psychotherapy Trust provides information on children’s emotional development, leaflets only www.childpsychotherapytrust.org.uk.
may be able to offer workshops for couples seeking to protect their children from the effects of separation and divorce. Please email us to indicate an interest :
USEFUL FORM If you have not started the divorce process you can print off the form below, and bring it with your marriage certificate to the mediation session and we can help you to work through it. DIVORCE PETITION
Family Justice Reforms April 2014
These family justice reforms put children clearly at the heart of the family justice system and focus on children’s needs rather than what parents see as their own ‘rights’, Justice Minister Simon Hughes has announced.
The changes come as the new single Family Court becomes a reality and most of the family justice provisions from the Children and Families Act are implemented.
In 2011 the independent Family Justice Review, chaired by David Norgrove, found the family justice system was no system at all. The review found that vulnerable and damaged children who were meant to be protected were having their ‘futures undermined’ by excessive delays, with care and supervision cases taking an average of 56 weeks.
This seriously harmed children’s chances of finding a permanent home and potentially damaged their development, as well as causing them distress.
The government has acted on the 2011 Report. The family justice system has gone through a period of significant and wide-ranging reform, including a major reduction of delays in care cases to an average of 33 weeks.
Family Justice Minister Simon Hughes said:
For too long children have suffered from excessive delays and confrontational court battles. Our reforms will keep families away from negative effects of battles or delays in court and make sure that when cases do go to court they happen in the least damaging way.
These reforms mark a significant moment for the family justice system, when the proposals made by the Family Justice Review are delivered. But this is not the end of the process I want to continue to work with David Norgrove, so we have a family justice system which has the welfare of children at its heart.
WORRIED ABOUT YOU?
This is one of the most stressful times of your life, needing a little support for yourself whilst you are probably trying to support others and keep life together is nothing to be ashamed of. We are forging links with local counselling services as we appreciate relationship breakdown is a difficult and stressful time. Some clients find it helpful to have some personal support whilst working through the process. If you would like to know more please do get in touch with us.
Harpenden Child Contact Centre
Tel: 07842 167767
There are many books and many child psychologists who write about children's matters and they don't necessarily all agree so it's difficult to narrow the field. We often refer to one by a child psychologist who speaks regularly to mediators and is not just a theorist and an expery in her field with insight into attachment theory. This psychologist also experienced divorce as a young child so she has the t-shirt which we feel is useful. Her book is:
Family Breakdown (helping children hang on to both parents) by Penelope Leach.