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Previous Training Seminars

Here are the details of the Child Concern training seminars and day conferences that have taken place since 2011:


2017

Friday 24th February 2017
Human Rights - The Rise of Claims against Local Authorities

Time: 2.30pm (Tea & coffee on arrival from 2.15pm)
Venue: The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount street, Manchester M2 5NS
Chair: District Judge Stuart

Speaker: Andrew Loveridge - Barrister, Head of Family Department, 7 Harrington Street Chambers
Aim: To consider what professionals need to know about the increasing number of human rights/damages claims against Local Authorities for breaches to human rights in public law proceedings.
Cost: £35 (members), £40 non-members
CPD: 2 Hours



Friday 10th March 2017
Section 20 - Friend or Foe of the Local Authority?

Time: 2.30pm (Tea & coffee on arrival from 2.15pm)
Venue: The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount street, Manchester M2 5NS
Chair:
HHJ Jordan
Speaker: Andrew Webb - Assistant Director, Stockport Children's Services

Aim: To increase the knowledge as to when Section 20 can be used effectively
Cost: £35 (members), £40 non-members
CPD: 2 Hours


Friday 7th April 2017
Child Concern AGM 9.20am
Venue: The Chairman’s Club, Manchester City Football Club, Etihad Stadium, Manchester M11 3FF

Friday 7th April 2017
Day Seminar - Recent Innovations in Family Justice and Protection

Key Note Speaker:  The President of the Family Division Sir James Munby
Time: Coffee and registration from 9am
Chair: Her Honour Judge Tyler
Venue:
The Chairman’s Club, Manchester City Football Club, Etihad Stadium, Manchester M11 3FF
Speakers to include: HHJ De Haas (Liverpool DFJ), Sophie Humphreys (Chief Executive of PAUSE), Clive Barker (Barrister, Harrington Street Chambers),
Amanda Amesbury (Manchester City Council Strategic Lead Children’s Social Care) and others
Aim: To consider
new developments in the development of child protection social work processes administration and the legal arena
CPD: 5 Hours




2016

Wednesday 15th December 2016
Annual Debate 2016
: ‘The future representation of children: it is time for radical change’
Time: 6.30pm (Tea & coffee on arrival from 6pm. Debate followed by hot supper)
Venue: The Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4JR
Panel:
Mike Devlin (Solicitor at Stephensons LLP), HHJ Iain Hamilton (Former DFJ), Fiona Cadwaladr (Children’s Guardian & Independent Social Worker), HHJ Lesley Newton (DFJ), Samantha Birtles (Barrister at 18 St John Street), Clive Baker (Barrister at 7 Harrington Chambers, Liverpool), and Sarah Dennis (Children’s Guardian)
Aim: Debate followed by a "Question Time" panel discussion
Cost: £35 (members), £40 non-members
CPD: 2 Hours


Friday 15th July 2016
To Brussels II and beyond! Jurisdiction, adoption and current controversies

Venue: The Friends' Meeting House, 5 Mount Street, Manchester M6 5NS
Time: 2pm - 4.30pm (Coffee served in the interval)
Chair: HHJ Paula Tyler
Speaker: Michael Jones - Deans Court Chambers
Aim:
To understand better the issues concerning jurisdiction and jurisdictional conflicts, Brussels II procedures and a review of case law, together with topical matters concerning adoptions with an international element.
CPD: 2 Hours 


Tuesday 14th June 2016
Leave to oppose adoption
Venue: The Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4JR
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Chair: His Honour Judge Allweis
Speaker: Sarah Donaldson - Barrister, 18 St John Street Chambers

Aim: 
To provide an overview of the case law looking at the circumstances when such applications should be made, the merits of such applications and how they may be advanced.
CPD: 2 Hour
s


Thursday May 12th 2016
Child Political Radicalisation - Part 2
Venue:  The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M6 5NS
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Chair: HHJ Jordan
Speaker: Simon Crabtree - Barrister, St Johns Buildings

Aim:
To consider the legal options to protect and prevent children from being removed from the jurisdiction in cases where they are or are suspected to be travelling to a war zone and/or for purposes linked to terrorist activity and how proceedings might be advanced in light of the recent case law.

CPD: 2 Hour
s


Friday 29th April 2016
AGM

Time: 9.30am
Venue: Rivers Suite, The Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5WZ
The AGM was followed by a Day Seminar, details below:


Friday 29th April 2016
Day Seminar: A Brave New World - Making 26 weeks work
Time: 10am
Venue: Rivers Suite,
The Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5WZ
Chair: HHJ Lelsey Newton
Speakers: Vicki Hamilton (Child Psychologist), Frances Heaton QC, Frank Margison (Psychiatrist), Baljeet Sandhu (Migrant and Children's Refugee Unit) & Hazel Best (Solicitor, The Royal Borough of Kensington & Chelsea)

Aim: To consider a range of current issues in public law proceedings with particular focus as to what is achievable in the 26 weeks' timetable.
CPD: 5 Hours

Tuesday 22nd March 2016
Special Guardianship - 10 years on
Venue:  The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M6 5NS
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Chair: District Judge Stuart
Speaker: Fiona Holloran - Barrister, 18 St John Street Chambers, Manchester

Aim:
Special guardianship was introduced in 2005 as a way of providing secure long-term placements for children.  A review of special guardianship by the Department for Education was published in December 2015.  This event will provide an opportunity to consider some of the challenges presented by special guardianship.  There will be a presentation addressing some of the legal issues associated with special guardianship. A special guardianship coordinator will also be present to provide a local authority perspective.
CPD: 2 Hour
s

2015

 Wednesday 9th December 2015
Annual Debate & Question Time 2015: Adoption Law & Practice - Is it time for radical review and change?
Time: 6.30pm
Venue: The Castlefield Hotel, Liverpool Road, Manchester M3 4JR
Panel: His Honour Judge Allweis, Clive Baker (Barrister, 7 Harrington Chambers, Liverpool), Mike Devlin (Solicitor, Stephensons LLP), Vicki Hamilton (Child Psychologist), Colette McGarrigle (Deputy Head of Children & Families (Legal) Group) & Kathy Batt (Deputy Chief Executive, After Adoption).
Aim: Debate followed by a "Question Time" panel discussion
CPD: 2 Hours

 

 

Friday 16th October 2015
Adoption - Day Seminar
Time: 10am - 4.3pm
Venue: Rivers Suite,
The Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5WZ
Chair: HHJ Martin Allweis
Speakers: Dr Gina Charlton (Clinical Psychologist), Clive Baker (Barrister, 7 Harrington Chambers Liverpool), Cathy Sowden (Concurrent Planning Service Manager, Caritas Care), Gwyneth John (Solicitor, Stephensons LLP) and
Kathy Batt (Deputy Chief Executive, After Adoption)
Aim: To inform about recent developments in adoption law and practice
CPD: 5 Hours



Wednesday 13th May 2015
Child Political Radicalisation
Venue:  The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M6 5NS
Time: 6.30 - 8.30pm
Speaker: Simon Crabtree - Family Barrister, St John's Buildings Chambers, Manchester

Aim: To consider the legal options to protect and prevent children from being removed from the jurisdiction in cases where they are or are suspected to be travelling to a war zone and / or for purposes linked to terrorist activity and how proceedings might be advanced.
CPD: 2 Hours



Friday 24th April 2015
Child Concern AGM
Time: 9.30am - 10am
Venue: Rivers Suite, The Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5WZ
All Child Concern Members welcome. 

The AGM was followed by a Day Seminar on Forced Marriage (details below).



Friday 24th April 2015
Forced Marriage - Day Seminar
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Venue: Rivers Suite, The Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5WZ
Chair: Her Honour Judge Lesley Newton
Speakers:
Her Honour Judge Sapnara (East London Family Court and a leading authority on Forced Marriage, The Forced Marriage Unit), Chief Superintendent Vanessa Jardine (Head of Public Protection, GMP), Sharon Allen (Senior Child Protection Officer, Whalley Range High School for Girls), Chaz Akoshile (Joint Head, Forced Marriage Unit), Kathryn Wright (Solicitor, Ayres Waters), plus a speaker who has experienced forced marriage.


Friday 30th January 2015
Nationality, Immigration & Family Law Proceedings
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Venue: The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M6 5NS
Chair: District Judge Andrew Berkley
Speakers: Lorraine Cavanagh & Gordon Semple (St Johns Buildings)
Summary:
Lorraine Cavanagh: “Navigating immigration issues when planning for children in care” - Looking at the impact on the care plans for children of their insecure immigration status and/or that of their parents. This will include an analysis of when an Article 15 transfer is necessary.
Gordon Semple: “Distant Relatives” - A look at the issues regarding assessments of overseas relatives within public law proceedings including practical guidance to assist practitioners.
CPD: 2 Hours



2014

Wednesday 10th December 2014
Question Time 2014
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Chancellor's Hotel & Conference Centre, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6NN
Panel: HHJ Iain Hamilton, HHJ Lesley Newton (Designated Family Judge, Greater Manchester), Mike devlin (Stephensons LLP), Ceri Owen (Principal Lawyer, Children & Adult Services at Bolton MBC) & Dr Kate Hellin (Consultant Clinical Psychologist & Psychotherapist)
Aim: To discuss and debate current and future issues concerning the protection, representation and outcomes for children and their families.
CPD: 1.5 Hours

Monday 10th November 2014
The Annual Lord Justice Ryder Lecture - 'How to evaluate proportionality'
Venue:  Events Suite, The Civil Justice Centre, Bridge Street West,Manchester M3 3EL
Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Chair: His Honour Judge Iain Hamilton
Speakers: Lord Justice Ryder

Aim: To improve the understanding of recent case law and guidance in the family arena
CPD: 2 Hours


Friday 26th September 2014
Greater Manchester Family Court Forum - 'The expertise of experts'
Venue:  Events Suite, The Civil Justice Centre, Bridge Street West,Manchester M3 3EL
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Chair: His Honour Judge Iain Hamilton
Speakers: HHJ Lesley Newton, Dr Clive Reading (Consultant Psychologist), Dr Mike Weir (Consultant Psychiatrist), Ms Jane Harris (CAFCASS and independent social worker), Ms Sue McColl (Forensic Adult & Child Psychologist), Dr Ian Mecrow (Consultant Paediatrician) & Dr Nic Alwin (Clinical Psychologist)

Aim: This course aims to discuss the role of experts and the expectation that the court and                     practitioners have of experts when they are instructed in family proceedings. The seminar will also discuss guidelines recently completed by the Greater Manchester Family Court’s Family Court Forum which should assist all practitioners to maximise the use of experts in family cases.
CPD: 2 Hours


Friday 12th September 2014
Section 34 - Contact in Care

Venue: The Friends' Meeting House, Manchester M2 5NS
Time: 3pm - 5pm
Chair: Her Honour Judge Lesley Newton
Speakers:
Dr Elisa Sammuels (Clinical Psychologist)
CPD: 2 Hours

Tuesday 15th July 2014
Court of Protection & Young Adults

Venue: Deans Court Chambers, 24 St John Street Street, Manchester M3 4DF
Time: 5.30pm - 7pm
Chair: His Honour Judge Iain Hamilton
Speakers:
Jonathan Butler (Deans Court Chambers)
Aim:
Management of young adults within the Court of Protection and the Family Court
CPD: 1.5 Hours

Tuesday 24th June 2014
Children & Families Act 2014

Venue: The Marriott Victoria & Albert Hotel, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ
Time: 4.30pm - 6.30pm
Chair: District Judge Stephens
Speakers:
Susan Grocott QC & Christina Chinnock (9 St John Street Chambers)
Aim:
The Children & Families Act 2014 - problems and challenges that lie ahead     
CPD: 2 Hours

Friday 16th May 2014
Female Genital Mutilation

Venue: The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Speakers:
Dr Comfort Iyabo Amah Momoh
Aim:
To promote awareness, understanding and safeguarding in relation to FGM
    
CPD: 2 Hours


Friday 4th April 2014 
Child Concern AGM - 9.30am

A Day Conference will follow the AGM. details as follows:

Friday 4th April 2014
Gangs, Sexual Violence & Young People

Venue: The Chairman's Club, Manchester City Football Club, Etihad Campus, Etihad Stadium, Manchester M11 3FF
Time: 10am - 4.30pm
Chair: District Judge Brazier
Speakers: 
David Glasgow (Adult Psychologist), Vicky Hamilton (Child Psychologist, Janet Graham (Bolton Social Services Child Sexual Exploitation Unit), Katherine Pierpoint (Barrister), Kim Doyle (former CPS Barrister now trainer of professionals working with sexual violence through the social enterprise Lime Culture), & Abi Billingshurst (Director of Abianda, a social enterprise working with young woman affected by gangs).
Aim: To understand the targeting and sexual exploitation of adolescents by organised groups of adults and its consequences
CPD: 5 Hours

Thursday 20th March 2014
Who Needs Experts Anyway?  The Use of Treating Clinicians in Family Proceeding
s
Venue: The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Time:  6.30pm - 8.30pm
Chair: His Honour Judge Appleby
Speaker: Dr Shazad Amin (Consultant Adult Psychiatrist)
Aim:
 In an age of cuts to public services and limited instruction of independent experts to identify the     practicalities of obtaining relevant clinical information from treating clinicians (including GP's) and to discuss what challenges this may bring 
CPD: 2 Hours

Friday 17th January 2014
Children's Particpation in Family Justice

Venue:
The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Time: 2am - 4pm
Chair: District Judge Andrew Berkley
Speakers:
Dr Debbie Cooper (School of Law, Nottingham University)
Aim:
A major piece of research has recently been undertaken by the School of Law at Nottingham University considering the issue of the participation of children and young people in criminal and civil proceedings.  Dr Cooper will set out the findings of the research project and its implications for family law practitioners.               
CPD: 2 Hours

2013
Wednesday 4th December 2013
Question Time 2013
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Venue: Chancellor's Hotel & Conference Centre, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6NN
Panel: Mike Devlin – Stephensons Solicitors LLP, (Chair), His Honour Judge Iain Hamilton, His Honour Judge Allweis, Karl Rowley QC, Vicki Hamilton - Child Psychologist & Madeleine Holder – Recently Retired, CAFCASS
Aim: 
To discuss and debate current and future issues concerning the protection, representation and outcomes for children and their families
CPD: 2 Hours

Friday 15th November 2013
The Inaugural Annual Lord Justice Ryder Lecture

Is There Light at the End of the Tunnel?  The Future of Public Law Proceedings
Time: 2.15pm - 4.15pm
Venue: Events Suite, The Civil Justice Centre, Bridge Street West, Manchester M3 3EL
Chair: His Honour Judge Iain Hamilton
Speaker: Lord Justice Ryder
Aim: To promote awareness of current issues and topics in the family arena
CPD: 2 Hours


Thursday 26th September 2013
Rule 16.4 FPR 2010 application post public funding changes
Time: 6pm - 8pm
Venue: Room F12, The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Chair: District Judge Jane Brazier
Speaker: Shabana Abasi (Head of Service, Private Law - CAFCASS)
Aim: T
o gain an in depth knowledge and understanding into the nature and application of Rule 16.4 FPR 2010. To understand the role of the children’s Solicitor when both parties are litigants in persons. To understand the role of CAFCASS when determining applications made for a Rule 16.4 appointments.  
CPD: 2 Hours


Friday 28th June 2013
Siblings:  Challenges for placement and contact in the current policy climate
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: The Victoria & Albert Marriott Hotel, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ
Speaker: Dr Gina Charlton (Clinical Child Psychologist)
Aim: To explore the impact of policy changes upon sibling relationships post-proceedings 
CPD: 2 Hours


19th April 2013
Child Concern AGM
Time:  9.30am
Venue: 1894 Suite, Manchester City Football Club, Etihad Stadium, Etihad Campus, Manchester M11 3FF

A Day Conference followed the AGM at 9.45am - Details below:


19th April 2013 - Day Conference
Bobbing Along the Bottom: Identifying & Assessing the Impact of Neglect
Time:9.45am
Venue: 1894 Suite, Manchester City Football Club, Etihad Stadium, Etihad Campus, Manchester M11 3FF
Chair: His Honour Judge Iain Hamilton
Speakers: Dr Louise Atkin (Consultant Child & Adolescent Psychiatrist), David Delahunty (CAFCASS, Family Court Advisor), Anne-Marie Fogarty (Team Manager, Social Services) & Bernadette Houten (Named Nurse Safeguarding Children)
Aim:
 To improve professionals’ understanding of neglectful parenting of children and its significant impact
CPD: 5 Hours

22nd March 2013
Attachment Danger and the Courtroom
Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: The Victoria & Albert Marriott Hotel, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ
Speaker: Dr Louise Atkin
Aim:
  To introduce the audience to the Dynamic Maturational Model of Attachment (DMM) and its uses in assessments for family courts, with case examples
CPD: 2 Hours     

14th March 2013
Impact of Maternal Depression on Child Development

Time: 6pm - 7.30pm
Venue: Deans Court Chambers, 24 St John Street, Manchester
Chair: District Judge Relph
Speaker: Dr Nusrat Husain - Senior Lecturer, Univeristy of Manchester. Honorary Consultant Psychiatrist. Lead Culture & International Mental Health Research Group Lancashire Care NHS Foundation Trust
Aim: 
To discuss the impact of maternal depression on child development and behavioural problems, and an appreciation of how parenting interventions such as Learning Through Play and the Triple P Positive Parenting Programme can assist families.
CPD: 1.5 Hours


Friday 25th January 2013
Hair Strand Testing for Drugs & Alcohol - The Psychiatric Perspective

Time: 2pm - 4pm
Venue: The Victoria & Albert Marriott Hotel, Water Street, Manchester M3 4JQ
Chair: David Delahunty (CAFCASS, & Vice-Chair of Child Concern)
Speaker: Dr Ian Telfer (Consultant Psychiatrist in Substance Misuse)
Aim: Dr Telfer will discuss from a clinical viewpoint the use of hair strand testing in Children Act Proceedings.  He will clarify what can in fact be learned from such testing and attempt to diffuse some of the myths and misunderstandings that surround this complex scientific area.
CPD: 2 Hours


2012:
Thursday 13th December 2012
Question Time 2012

Venue: Marquis Suite, Chancellor’s Hotel and Conference Centre, Chancellors Way, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6NN
Time: 6.30pm - 8.30pm
Panel: Chair - Mike Devlin (Stephensons LLP), His Honour Judge Iain Hamilton, Her Honour Judge Maureen Roddy, Dr Nic Alwin (Clincial Psychologist), Frances Heaton QC (Deans Court Chambers) & Tina Pugh (Social Worker)
Aim: 
To discuss and debate current and future issues concerning the protection, representation and outcomes for children and their families
CPD: 2 Hours

Thursday 11th October 2012
Legal Update (postponed from March)
Venue: Touchbase Business Centre, Premier Inn Manchester City Centre (GMEX), Bishopsgate, 7-11 Lower Mosley Street. Manchester M2 3DW
Speakers: Linda Sweeney & Neil Christian (St Johns Buildings)
Aim: 
To provide a comprehensive update of recent case law in relation to private and public law proceedings
CPD: 2 Hours


Friday 20th July 2012
Contact with Infants in Care Proceedings

Venue: Events Suite, Civil Justice Centre, Bridge Street West, Manchester M3 3EL
Chair: His Honour Judge Iain Hamilton
Speaker: John Simmonds, Director of Policy, Research and Development, BAAF London, UK
Aim: 
Are the contact arrangements between infants and parents during proceedings the best to promote the child's welfare whilst supporting the possibility of reunification?  John Simmonds outlines the legal, research and practical contexts and identifies questions for planning. This seminar should be of particular interest to the Judiciary, Magistracy, Local Authorities and other Family Law professionals involved in developing the contact arrangements in care proceedings. 
CPD: 2 Hours 

Thursday 10th May 2012
Modernisation of the Family Court Justice System
Venue:  Events Suite, Civil Justice Centre, Bridge Street West, Manchester M3 3EL
Speaker: Mr Justice Ryder
Aim: 
The impact of change for the Family Courts and the general role of practitioners who work within the Family Justice System.  Plus a unique opportunity to engage with the speaker to discuss issues around these and other topics of relevance in a climate of change.
CPD: 2 Hours


Friday 20th April 2012
What Happens Next? Ouctcomes for Children and Young People Who Have Been the Subject of Care Proceedings
Venue:
 
The Rivers Suite, The Waterside Hotel, Wilmslow Road, Didsbury, Manchester M20 5WZ
Chair: His
Honour David Harris QC
                      
Speakers:  Elaine Farmer, Professor of Child and Family Studies, Bristol University; Frances Heaton QC (Dean Courts Chambers); Kath Walch, Independent Reviewing Officer, Salford Children’s Services; and David Delahunty, Children’s Guardian.  There will also be 
presentations by non-professionals including a young person who spent his childhood in care; a mother who successfully overcame her difficulties and a couple who have adopted a child. 
Aim:  Many professionals involved in the family justice system wonder about the outcomes for children who have been the subject of care proceedings. The conference will consider the issue from various perspectives including academic research; legal issues; the review process and the experience of young people and their carers.
CPD: 5 Hours

2011:
Wednesday 14th December 2011
Q
uestion Time 2011
Venue: Chancellor’s Hotel & Conference Centre, Moseley Road, Fallowfield, Manchester M14 6NN
Panel: Mike Devlin (Stephensons LLP), HHJ Iain Hamilton, HHJ Lesley Newton, Deborah McCallum (CAFCASS), Dr Sarah Dixon (Consultant, General Paediatrics / Child Protection, Royal Manchester Children's Hospital) & Jackie Couldridge (Team Leader, Rochdale Social Services)
Aim: To discuss and debate current and future issues concerning the protection, representation and outcomes for children and their families
CPD: 2 Hours

Friday 7th October 2011 - Day Conference
Medical Experts - What We Can Do For You
Venue:  Manchester City Football Club, SportCity, Manchester M11 3FF
Chair:  HHJ Maureen Roddy
Speakers: Dr Ian Mecrow (Consultant Paediatrician), Mr Peter Richards (Consultant Neurosurgeon), Dr Catherine White (Clinical Director, St Mary’s Sexual Assault Referral Centre), Mr Chris Lloyd (Consultant Paediatric Ophthalmologist), Dr Zulf Mughal (Consultant Paediatrician), Dr Neil Stoodley (Consultant Paediatric Neuroradiologist), Dr Andrew Will (Consultant Paediatric Haematologist) and Dr Alan Sprigg (Consultant Paediatric Radiologist)
Aim: To clarify how experts can most effectively assist The Court in Childcare Proceedings
CPD: 5 Hours


Thursday 15th September 2011 (5.30pm - 7pm)
Mental Health - Capacity Assessments

Venue: Deans Court Chambers, 24 St John Street, Manchester M3 4DF
Chair: District Judge Stephens
Speakers: Jonathan Butler (Deans Court Chambers) & Michel LeStraad (Clinical Commissioner & Named Nurse for Vulnerable Adults for the Trafford Health Economy) 
CPD: 1.5 Hours


Friday 8th July 2011 - Day Conference
The 21st Century Vision of Family Law

Venue:  The Lowry Hotel, 50 Dearmans Place, Salford M3 5LH
Chair:  HHJ Iain Hamilton
Speakers: Sir Nicholas Wall (President of the Family Division), Jonathan Djanogly MP (Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State, Ministry of Justice), David Norgrove (Chair, Family Justice Review Panel), Her Honour Judge Lesley Newton (Circuit Judge, member of the Family Justice Council & JSB Family Course Director Designate), Dr Julia Brophy (Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Family Law & Policy, University of Oxford), June Thoburn (Emeritus Professor of Social Work at UEA, Member of CAFCASS Board & Patron of NAIRO) & Beverley Sayers (Family Mediator, member of the Family Justice Council)
Aim: This is a period of substantial change to the family justice system. The review of the family justice system is due to publish its report shortly.  It is anticipated that it will recommend significant changes to the current system.  The purpose of the conference is to consider the proposed changes and to discuss to how these changes will affect all those who participate in the family justice system.
CPD: 5 Hours 


Monday 16th May 2011 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)
New Family Rules

Venue: The Friends' Meeting House, 6 Mount Street, Manchester M2 5NS
Chair: District Judge Louise Relph
Speaker:  Frances Heaton QC (Deans Court Chambers)
Aim: To give an understanding to the changes to the way we conduct family law proceedings relating to children.
CPD: 2 Hours


Thursday 7th April 2011
Child Concern AGM 5.30pm
The AGM was followed by an Evening Seminar, detail as follows:

Thursday 7th April 2011 (6.30pm - 8pm)
Mental Health - Court of Protection

Venue: Deans Court Chambers, 24 St John Street, Manchester M3 4DF
Chair: HHJ Kushner QC
Speakers: Neil Allen (Young Street Chambers) & David Mackley (18 St John Street)
CPD: 1.5 Hours


Tuesday 22nd March 2011 (6.30pm - 8pm)
Mental Health - Deprivation of Liberty

Venue: The People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER
Chair: HHJ Kushner QC
Speaker: Jonathan Butler (Deans Court Chambers)
CPD: 1.5 Hours



Tuesday 25th January 2011 (6.30pm - 8.30pm)
Facebook - Friend or Foe?

Venue: The People’s History Museum, Left Bank, Spinningfields, Manchester M3 3ER
Chair: HHJ Martin Allweis
Speaker:  Colette McGarrigle (Senior Solicitor, Adoption - Manchester City Council)
Aim: 
The seminar will be looking at social networking sites and their implications for family cases, particularly adoption cases
CPD: 2 Hours