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Integrating Diversity


The papers of the 2007 Interdisciplinary Conference at Dartington Hall

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The Conference assembled a uniquely qualified group of contributors, drawn from the many professions involved in the work of the family justice system. This book brings together their papers and provides a detailed examination of the latest theory and practice in respect of:

  • Diversity and its impact on the family justice system
  • Human trafficking and asylum seekers
  • The changing face of families
  • Lesbian and gay parenting
  • Meeting the needs of mixed heritage children
  • Trans-generational and cultural clashes
  • Parental disabilities and their impact on children
  • Child protection, family placement and culture
This book is essential reading for all those involved with diversity issues arising in the family law field.

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Seventh Dartington Conference Opening Address
Lord Justice Thorpe

Plenary 1 - What is Diversity and how does it Impact on the Family Justice System?

Diversity at the Inner London Family Proceedings Court
Nicolas Crichton
The Mundane and the Manageable: Diversity and the Family Justice System
Dr Julia Brophy and Professor Ann Phoenix
Diversity Perspectives, the CAFCASS Journey
Sherry Malik

Plenary 2 - Human Trafficking and Asylum Seekers

Human Trafficking as Modern Day Slavery and the UK Government's Response
Nadine Finch
The Health and Health Care of Children in the Asylum System
Dr Elspeth Webb
The Meaning of Safety, Belonging and Success for Unaccompanied Asylum-Seeking Children
Dr Ravi Kohli

Plenary 3 - Changing Face of Families

Lesbian and Gay Parenting
  • Current Issues in Relation to Gay and Non-biological Parenting
    Dr Claire Sturge
  • What Really Matters for the Psychological Wellbeing of Children?
    Professor Susan Golombok
Meeting the Need of Mixed Heritage Children
  • A Focus on the Specific Needs of Black Children of Dual Heritage
    Julia Isikwe Hughes
  • Post Colonial Attitudes and their Damaging Legacy for Children of Dual Heritage in the United Kingdom
    Lennox K Thomas
Trans-Generational and Cultural Clashes
  • Consideration of Race, Culture and Religion in Family Proceedings
    Nadira Huda

Plenary 4 - Parental Disabilities and Their Impact on Children

Assessing Parents with Learning Disabilities for Child Care Proceedings
Dr Sally Hodges
Identifying High Risk vs Low Risk Parents with Learning Disabilities
Dr Sue McGaw

Plenary 5 - Child Protection and Culture

Child Discipline and Ethnicity: Contextualising Parental Practices
Professor Ravinder Barn
Care Proceedings and Minority Ethnic Families
Dr Julia Brophy and Jagbir Jhutti-Johal
Culture and Physical Punishment
Dr Bode Adeside
Integrating Diversity into Paediatric Thinking Practice: Messages for the Family Justice System
Dr Neela Shabde with Julia Brophy

Planery 6 - Family Placement and Culture

Transracial Placements: What Psychological Issues Should be Considered in Placing Black and Mixed 'Race' Children with White Carers?
Dr Nick Banks
Factors Contributing to the Over Representation of Black and Mixture Race Looked After Children
Dr Aggrey Burke

Plenary 7 - Conference Action Points

Conference Resolutions
My second Dartington conference, with its theme of ‘Integrating Diversity’, had high expectations to meet in the light of the high standard set by the first conference which I attended in September 2005. I am happy to say that it amply achieved these expectations.

The contributions of a programme of exceptional speakers, drawn from leading members of the medical, legal, academic and social work professions, have resulted in the thought-provoking content of the papers which make up this volume.
The work of both delegates and speakers in the invaluable small group discussion sessions which took place has been consolidated by the drafting committee to produce 14 resolutions under the title, ‘Neither Blind to nor Blinded by Culture’. These resolutions represent, in succinct form, the collective thinking of the members of the inter-disciplinary community who made up the conference.

It is to be hoped these resolutions will be well received by government and that they will inform and benefit future practice in family law.

Sir Mark Potter
President of the Family Division
January 2008
The Right Hon Lord Justice Thorpe
Samantha Singer, QEB Chambers
with contributions from leading experts from a range of relevant disciplines.

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