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A future for European collaboration? Learning how best to help children whose parents are in dispute

As the sole representative from Scotland at an international consultation event on modern family justice I was both intrigued and excited to be heading to Windsor Castle for 24 hours on 12th February. Relate and the Association of Family and Conciliation Courts (AFCC) hosted a discussion for 30 ‘experts in the field’, from lawyers to psychologists, social workers, researchers and UK government officials, looking at innovations to support family relationships in our fast changing socio-political-economic climate. With presentations and contributions from Sweden, Germany, Ireland, Holland and Spain, as well as Scotland, it was a truly international as well as inter-disciplinary conversation. We have much to learn here in Scotland, as well as much to contribute. I would invite anyone with an interest in family law, family justice, separation, divorce or supporting parents when they are living apart to consider joining the AFCC. https://www.afccnet.org/ You will be able to access their excellent Family Court Review journal as well as a wealth of resources and training opportunities. We are keen to set up a European network of interested practitioners to continue to share the learning and deliver the best support and family justice system possible for children and families. Get in touch with me if you want to be part of this initiative ‘to improve the lives of children and families through the resolution of family conflict’ (AFCC’s mission).

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