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"A large and important book that should be on the shelf of every family lawyer." Sir James Munby
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" am indebted to Sarah Blackmore and Jacqui Thomas for undertaking a task that is integral to the change programme that was envisaged when the recommendations of both the Family Justice Review and the judiciary were accepted. They are right to describe me as an ambassador for change. I am not the originator of change, merely, for a short time, its guardian. Real change is generated out of the good practice of the professionals who work on the ground in the many and difficult cases that come before the family court. It cannot be imposed by others although it can be influenced and led by the judgments of the senior courts, quality leadership and a structure which promotes research based good practice, empirical monitoring of outcomes and the management of priorities and cases within the family justice system. This invaluable book is central to an essential component of change which is education, the dissemination of good practice and the fostering of a co-operative and positive environment in which new and better ideas are allowed to develop.
I hope that the family court that we have created and the leadership and case management principles that have been developed will flourish to the advantage of the children whose futures are influenced by us. Lest it be thought that change places organisational management ahead of the interests of the child, let me be the first to say that in a family justice system the principles of proportionality and good change management must be viewed through the telescope of quality. We must never sacrifice the quality of what we do on the altar of price rationing or cost effectiveness. The quality of the judicial intervention in a child's life should be the object of scrutiny by professionals and public commentators alike. We must continually strive to improve both the quality of evidence and decision-making and this book will help all of us adapt our practices so as to achieve that aim.
I am very grateful to the authors for their careful and detailed consideration of some very important issues."
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