Monthly Archives: November 2011

Westminster Debate: Update on the Riots

In today’s Guardian newspaper we are told that there may be a risk of yet more riots by The Riots Communities and Victims Panel, which was created to look at the riots and examine the causes for them. The Panel set to work trying to find out the causes for the unrest and heard reasons ranging from the need to steal trainers to “a desire to attack society“.

Also of great interest was Panel Chairman, Darra Singh’s observation that, “while deprivation is not an excuse for criminal behaviour we must seek to tackle the underlying causes of the riots or they will happen again“. She goes on to say,”our findings have led us to set out recommendations for immediate action by individuals, government, public services and business. The threat of future riots and the response to them is not somebody else’s problem.

As our Westminster Debate on the riots draws closer, now is the perfect time for family law professionals, members of government and key stakeholders to take some of that responsibility and help work towards creating the ultimate system, which can help to tackle many of those underlying problems (which will not go away regardless of how vigilant our police force becomes or how efficient we become at punishing members of our society) and to help give children the support they deserve. Social exclusion is spreading and the possibility of more riots looming over the horizon are simply symptoms of a deeper problem.

If you would like to attend our debate, please leave your name and contact details below and we will send you an invite.


Westminster Debate: Supporting Families after the Riots and the Role of Family Law

Welcome to our next debate, which takes place on December 12th in the House of Commons and looks at the ways in which the family justice system can support families in meaningful ways after the riots and what the riots mean to both the system and parents and children in the UK.

You can click on the Riots link above in the directory or place your cursor over it to see a drop-down menu with all the information on this event, which is constantly being updated.

Orrrrrr, you can allow us to do the work for you and simply click on the links below!

It is an open event which means that anyone can come along; so, if you would like to attend, just post your email address below and we’ll send you an invite. We hope you’ll be able to join us – it should be a fun and thought-provoking evening.