Council of Europe Machinery moves a further step forward
There are a number of processes that are pressing towards change in Public Family Law in the UK.
Firstly, we have amendments to the Children and Young People Bill. The second reading of this Bill is on Monday and some new clauses with All Party support will be tabled.
Secondly, we have a number of cases in various courts, Court of Appeal, House of Lords and European Court.
Thirdly, there is the Council of Europe investigation. This has just moved on another step and has passed the hurdle in the Bureau. It is on the agenda for the meeting of the Legal Affairs and Human Rights Committee on 24th June. This can take the step of appointing a rapporteur to lead the investigation and a proper investigation starts.
There is also a growing campaign for change involving social work academics, politicians, lawyers and of course service users (aka Service victims).