I blogged last week over on the Transparency Project about a lecture I attended by an Australian Judge Ian Kennedy AM, where he provided really useful materials used down under for the standardised anonymisation of judgments in family matters. I am certainly going to use these as a starting point when I next get passed the buck, and will suggest to the judiciary that they do likewise.
Here are the guidelines in use in Australia : Anonymisation Guidelines.
The Transparency Project is helping to organise an innovative multidisciplinary day conference about the child protection system on 1 June in London. It will be different from other multi-disciplinary conferences because it will facilitate discussion between not just different professional disciplines but between professionals and parents, care leavers and their supporters. That’s a conversation that doesn’t often happen and we think it should, even if it’s a difficult one.
We are really pleased that Sir Mark Hedley, Dr Lauren Devine and Brigid Featherstone have all agreed to speak, and we have a great mix of people who will be attending.
The conference has been really popular, but as ever with events of this sort some spaces have come up that we would like to fill, as the conference is self funding.
Information about the conference can be found on the Transparency Project website here.
If you would like to book a place please let us know as soon as possible by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org and we can confirm if places are still remaining.
I posted on the Transparency Project website about some news on the Family Court transparency reforms, which have been missing in action since October. You can read about that news here, in my post which also talks about approaches to transparency in other jurisdictions.
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