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'It is fair to say that the report makes some worrying reading both in terms of practices in judicial anonymisation of judgments and with regard to the capacity for jigsaw identification of children and families – but also with regard to the willingness of some parents/other family members to place information from cases on social networking sites such as Facebook. The report provides a graphics tool to demonstrate how jigsaw identification can be achieved. It also identifies some errors in the anonymisation process and demonstrates that even with the best intentions certain details can facilitate the identification of some children.'The challenge is to find ways of ‘informing the public about the work of family courts and subjecting the work of judges to reasoned scrutiny, while at the same time protecting children and safeguarding their future’. The research proposes ‘a careful and evidence-based way forward’, to include a review of anonymisation practices in law reports, with guidance to judges.
This ready reference guide for all family court practitioners and judges provides a portable...