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Sunday
Jul092017

England and Wales family courts pilot for 'settlement conferences'.

President of the Family Division in England and Wales, Sir James Munby, has given the green light to a number of family courts to pilot 'settlement conferences'.

The aim is to discover whether pursuing a less adversarial approach to resolving disputes between separated parents might lead to better outcomes for the children involved.

In a statement released by the Courts and Tribunals Judiciary, Sir James said, "Some Designated Family Judge (DFJ) areas are piloting settlement conferences. In a settlement conference, a trained family judge adopts an inquisitorial approach in order to encourage cooperation between parties with a view to reaching an agreement that is in the children’s best interests. I know that opinions on settlement conferences are divided but, in my view, it is an approach that is worth piloting in order to inform decisions on whether to take them further."

The pilot is supported by a package of training and guidance materials that Sir James urges judges to view before taking part in the pilot. The package includes videos, sample cases and practice directions.

FNF Scotland National Manager, Ian Maxwell, said, "We'll be watching the pilot and any subsequent evaluation very carefully. We have been saying for a long time that the adversarial procedures in Scottish family cases - including the pre court correspondence between solicitors - often create new conflicts between parents. It can make it more difficult for parents to co-operate in the interests of their children after the case is closed if the process itself has encouraged them to attack each other's character and parenting abilities."

Sunday
Jul022017

IronMan pair raise funds for FNF Scotland

Looking remarkably fresh after their 1.2 mile swim, 56 mile bike ride and 13.1 mile run, Lisa and Mark successfully completed the IronMan Edinburgh Triathlon on July 2nd in 6:47:31 and 5:51:25 respectively.

Their efforts have already raised hundreds of pounds for FNF Scotland, but there's still time to add to the total - use this link to donate and support our helpline service.  FNF Scotland staff and cvlunteers responded to over 3,000 enquiries in the past year - all funds raised go towards maintaining this service.  If you want to undetake a sponsored event in aid of FNF Scotland please contact Ian Maxwell.


Tuesday
Jun132017

Shared Parenting interviewees wanted

FNF Scotland has appointed a student intern, Isabelle Introna, to collect and compile information about the benefits of shared parenting for a new FNF Scotland website. Shared Parenting is when both parents are actively involved in all aspects of their children’s lives and share meaningful parenting responsibility. The new site will offer:
•    A summary of the academic research that has been conducted on shared parenting
•    Details on the law around shared parenting across the globe
•    Stories and advice from families who share parenting
•    A forum that will give parents the opportunity to discuss their own experiences
This work follows on from FNF Scotland’s 2016 report into shared parenting by continuing to promote shared parenting and help those who are trying to achieve it.
Isabelle will be carrying out interviews with parents to find out how they made shared parenting work and what problems were faced along the way, as well as what advice can be passed on. If you would be interested in becoming involved in this project email her for further details or ring the Edinburgh office on 0131 557 2440.

Her four week internship is arranged through the Edinburgh University Employ.ed third sector scheme, supported by Santander.  The web site will be launched in early July - watch this space.

Tuesday
Jun062017

Edinburgh Ironman fundraising for FNF Scotland

Mark and Lisa are competing in the Edinburgh Ironman 70.3 Triathlon on July 2nd, 2017. That 's a 1.2 mile swim, a 56 mile cycle and a 13.1 mile half marathon. 

They are hoping to raise funds to support the work of Families Need Fathers Scotland as demand for our services continues to increase year on year.

 If you would like to sponsor their efforts their donations page is at: https://www.goldengiving.com/fundraising/ironman4fnfscotland

If you want to frighten yourself, the full details of the event are here: tinyurl.com/ycatgr5s

 

Wednesday
May172017

Surveys for dads and family carers

Two chances to give your views on topics such as shared parenting. 

Father's Network Scotland are collecting experiences of fatherhood for a survey to be published on Father's Day -  fill in their survey by 26th May.

COFACE Families Europe are collecting the views of family carers in association with their disability branch - fill in their survey here.

Families in Europe are greatly affected by current social and demographical changes, such as the growing ageing population, changing family structures, or the situation of intergenerational families. The purpose of this data collection is to explore some of the challenges faced by family carers in accessing adequate resources, services, or time arrangements in different EU Member States. They also hope to find some good examples of national, or local policies that help family carers to balance their work, family and personal life.