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Wednesday
Jun202018

International Shared Parenting Conference in Strasbourg

The fourth conference of the International Council on Shared Parenting is to be held in Strasbourg on November 22-23 this year at Palais de l'Europe.  Early bird booking is now open here.

The theme of this conference is: Shared Parenting, Social Justice and Children´s Rights.  The conference is organized under the auspices of the Secretary General of the Council of Europe, Mr. Thorbjørn Jaglandand supported by the City of Strasbourg, the University of Strasbourg and the Jardin des Sciences.

The conference intends to report how, within judicial systems and social work practices, both parents are recognized as vital in their children’s lives, even after separation and divorce. It will explore how shared parenting seems a means for keeping with the principles and articles of the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Thus, a focus of the conference is to stress how shared parenting, viewed as in the best interests of children of separated parents, is a crucial issue for practitioners and policymakers around the globe, regarding the alignment of national law and practices with the articles of the UN CRC.

The conference is structured along four main questions.

  • What are the existing legal systems and the challenges regarding the legal presumption of shared parenting as a children’s right, in different countries?
  • What are the current trends and research outcomes regarding social attitudes and knowledge about shared parenting?
  • To what extent could shared parenting, gender equality and work-life balance be combined to improve health and wellbeing of children whose parents are separated?
  • How should national laws and international regulations be adapted for considering these social evolutions?

Speakers include:
⦁ Regina Jensdottir, Head of the Children´s Rights Division of the Council of Europe
⦁ Linos Alexandros Sicilianos (tbc), Judge, Professor of Law, Vice-president of the European Court of Human Rights, University of Athens – Greece
⦁ Jean Zermatten (tbc) President and Member of UN committee for Children’s rights (2005-2013), University of Geneva – Switzerland
⦁ Marie-France Carlier, Judge at Namur Family Court (division of the Namur and Dinant Family Court) – Belgium
⦁ Adeline Gouttenoire, Professor of Law, University of Bordeaux – France
⦁ Hildegund Sünderhauf, Professor for family law and youth welfare law, Lutheran University of applied sciences, Nuremberg – Germany
⦁ José Manuel de Torres Perea, Professor of Civil Law, University of Málaga – Spain
⦁ Lluis Flaquer, Emeritus Professor of Sociology, University Autònoma de Barcelona – Spain
⦁ Livia Olah, Associate Professor, Ph.D., Dept. of Sociology, Stockholm University – Sweden
⦁ Gerardo Meil, Professor in Sociology, University Autónoma of Madrid – Spain
⦁ Malin Bergström, Centre for Health Equity Studies (CHESS), Stockholm University – Sweden
⦁ William Fabricius, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology, Arizona State University – USA
⦁ Michael Lamb, Professor of Psychology, University of Cambridge – United Kingdom
⦁ Blaise Pierrehumbert, PhD, former Privat-Docent in psychology, University of Lausanne, Switzerland
⦁ Derrick Gordon, Associate Professor of Psychiatry (Psychology Section), Ph.D., Yale University School of Medicine – USA
⦁ Christine Simon, Department of Social and Behavioral Sciences, Harvard T.H. Chan School of Public Health - USA
⦁ Edward Kruk, Associate Professor of Social Work, ICSP/CIRA President, University of British Columbia – Canada
Papers will be presented from seventeen countries including Denmark, Norway, Finland, Germany, Slovakia, Portugal, Scotland,  Canada, Brazil, Kenya and Iran. Ian Maxwell from FNF Scotland will present a paper about our progress towards family law reform and shared parenting in Scotland.

Thursday
Oct292015

Second International Shared Parenting Conference in Bonn

The second International Conference on Shared Parenting will take place on 9-11 December 2015 in Bonn, Germany.  FNF Scotland will attend the event and tell the international audience how Scotland's Year of the Dad will include promotion of shared parenting.

Experts from science, family professions and civil society will gather from across the world at the “Gustav-Stresemann-Institut (GSI)” in Bonn to present their research and discuss best practices for legislative and psycho-social implementation of shared parenting as a viable and beneficial solution for children whose parents are living apart.

The event will be jointly chaired by the President of the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), Prof. Edward Kruk, MSW, PhD, University of British Columbia, Canada, and the Chair of the ICSP Scientific Committee, Prof. Dr. Hildegund Sünderhauf, Lutheran University Nuremberg, Germany.

The International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP) is an international association with individual members from the sectors science, family professions and civil society. The purpose of the association is  the dissemination and advancement of scientific knowledge on the needs and rights (“best interests”) of children whose parents are living apart, and to formulate evidence-based recommendations about the legal, judicial and practical implementation of shared parenting.

Sunday
Jul202014

International conference on Shared Parenting

Over 100 delegates from 21 countries (22 if you count Scotland) met in Bonn in July 2014 for the first international conference on Shared Parenting.

Lawyers, academics and members of family support organisations heard about research into the benefits of shared parenting for children and how family law across the world is starting to move away from the sole residence model towards joint parental responsibility as the norm after separation.

Professor Edward Kruk, first president of the International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP), stated the conference aims as developing evidence-based approaches to the needs and rights of children whose parents are living apart. 

He described the strong public support for shared parenting, which has helped to achieve legislative change such as the new Swiss law, although opposition from the Canadian Bar Association scuppered Canadian Bill C-560 in May 2014 at second reading. The Bill sought to apply the principle of equal parenting as default for judges making parenting orders.

This shift towards shared parenting was also mentioned by Dr Ned Holstein from the American National Parents Organisation in a message of welcome.  He suggested that we now have a critical mass of research data showing how children benefit from shared parenting, and now should explore how to make it work for parents in conflict, how effective it is in preventing parental alienation, and how shared parenting can best be applied for never-married parents.

Although the conference mood was overwhelmingly optimistic, with consensus on key issues, the real challenge will lie in convincing the judiciary and politicians that things need to change.  The ICSP will continue its work to develop evidence-based approaches to the needs and rights of children whose parents are living apart.  Some key themes of the conferernce are described in the following articles.

Friday
May302014

Shared Parenting international conference

Researchers, family lawyers and organisations promoting shared parenting from all over the world will be attending a conference in Bonn from 9th - 11th July 2014 to discuss research findings on shared parenting and family life.

The conference is organised by the newly established International Council on Shared Parenting (ICSP) supported by the German Federal Ministry of Family and Deutsche Forschungsgemeinschaft (DFG), a major German research funding organization.

The conference will discuss responses to the alarming increase in psycho-social and developmental problems among children whose parents are living apart.  Under the theme "Bridging the Gap between Empirical Evidence and Socio-Legal Practice", a wide range of international experts in the field of shared parenting will present their research results and practical experience. The conference language is English, simultaneous translation will be provided in English, French and German.

 For more information and to register, please see the Conference's website. FNF Scotland will attend and report on the event.

Thursday
Aug232012

Changing the culture: the challenge of B v G

The Scottish Child Law Centre, in association with the Murray Stable Family Law Group, is presenting a seminar on procedure and practice in contact actions.

In the recent case of B v G the Supreme Court criticised procedure and practice in contact actions.  It makes clear that our system is failing the children whose future is at stake. It may even be damaging them.

  We can reform pleadings, impose case management, change the structure of judgments, clarify the role of curators ad litem but, as Lord Reed points out in his judgment, we need a change in culture.

This seminar, 'Changing the Culture: The Challenge of B v G [2012] UKSC 21', which will be chaired by Janys M Scott QC, of Murray Stable, is designed to explore how this may be achieved.

The speakers - Catriona Whyte, Scottish Legal Aid Board; Sheriff Frank Crowe, Edinburgh Sheriff Court; Ross Macfarlane, Advocate, Murray Stable; Stephen Brand, Solicitor; Graham Harding, Curator ad litem; Ian Maxwell, Families Need Fathers Scotland; Louise Johnson, Women's Aid; and Morag Driscoll, Scottish Child Law Centre - will come armed with their best ideas. There will be an opportunity to discuss the potential for a new culture.

The seminar will be held on Friday 31 August 2012 from 10am-1pm (registration and coffee from 9.30am) in the Mackenzie Building, Old Assembly Close, 172 High Street, Edinburgh, EH1 1QX.

To book a place visit www.sclc.org.uk and download a booking form or contact them on 0131 668 4400; Email: enquiries@sclc.org.uk.