April 4, 2016


Launch of Vulnerable Birth Mothers and Repeat Care Proceedings report

4th October 2017, 9.30 – 4.30 pm, Friends Meeting House, London

The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research are launching the final report of their Nuffield funded birth mothers and recurrent care proceedings study. Afternoon workshops led by experts in the field will consider the practice and policy implications of the particular issues raised in the findings report. The day will end with an expert panel discussion. The full programme for the event is available here

This event is now fully booked.


Scoping Study: Towards a Family Justice Observatory – First Dissemination Event

2nd March 2017, 12.00 – 4.00 pm, Nuffield Foundation, London

The purpose of the scoping study is to develop proposals for the purpose, functions and delivery options for a Family Justice Observatory that would promote a system wide approach to the generation and practical application of research evidence and administrative data relevant to family justice issues. Funded by the Nuffield Foundation, the study is led by Professor Karen Broadhurst from the Centre for Child and Family Justice Studies, with partners from the Alliance for Useful Evidence, Loughborough University, Research in Practice, UCL, the Family Rights Group and CoramBAAF.

At this event we will share findings from our national consultation with stakeholders across the family justice system. Attendance at the event is by invitation only as places are limited.

Enquiries about the event should be addressed to: observatory.scoping.study@lancaster.ac.uk


Rising Care Demand in the Family Courts

23rd February 2017, Nuffield Foundation, London

Professor Judith Harwin, Professor Karen Broadhurst, Dr Bachar Alrou and Dr Stuart Bedston from the Centre for Child and Family Justice Research will join the President of the Family Division and colleagues to present new findings in rising care demand in the family courts. A Working Paper will be published on the Centre website following this event.


Seminar by Cris McCurley and Summer Celebration

4.30 pm, Wednesday 27th July 2016, Library Teaching Room (C130), Lancaster University

CrisMcCurleyFlyerThe Centre for Child and Family Justice Research is delighted to welcome Cris McCurley, who will be presenting a seminar about her work with BME families and access to justice through the family courts.

Cris is a Resolution Accredited Specialist in International Child Abduction, Domestic Abuse, Forced Marriage and Honour Based Violence. She manages a panel of solicitors who specialise in forced marriage and honour based violence, and provides specialist accredited training on a national level. She has also developed a specialism in working with the victims of trafficking, and is currently developing and piloting a new system to allow women and children who are very high risk of abuse to engage in court proceedings whilst keeping their location completely secret. The majority of her casework involves black and minority ethnic women and children who have experienced some form of abuse.

At a time when the Family Justice system is under increasing pressure to meet case time and cost targets, some of the most vulnerable in our society are becoming increasingly less able to access justice and ensure that their Human Rights  under  International Convention  and Law  are protected.

Barriers are further imposed by austerity Justice: lack of experts in court, lack of legal aid , and the general failings of LASPO and the Legal Aid System to accommodate diversity often leading to women and children being left in situations of significant harm.

This seminar will aim to highlight these issues and to look at changes required to address them.

There will be an opportunity for a discussion and questions after the seminar, and refreshments/nibbles will be provided. Colleagues are invited to progress to the Robert Gillow pub in Lancaster afterwards!

Please RSVP by email to Bev Whelan –  b.whelan@lancaster.ac.uk – as quickly as possible.


Policy and Practice Workshop: Recurrent Care Proceedings – Headline Findings

Nuffield Foundation, Bedford Square, London: 21st July 2016

The team will share unpublished research findings with an invited audience, to help shape the final report and recommendations.

– Attendance is by invitation only, but any unfilled places will be advertised.


Annual SLSA conference, Lancaster University

Karen, Judith, Lisa and Chris will introduce the new Centre at this annual conference, Tuesday 5th of April, 2016.

Coffee morning – all Centre members welcome.



More events coming soon