The riots in the UK in the summer of 2011 were for many a bolt from the blue exposing some fascinating home truths about our society. Amongst the most surprising, was data on the riots which seemed to reveal an unusually high level of involvement of young people from all walks of life.
This raises a poignant question – Is social exclusion spreading? With more and more children feeling neglected as parents struggle to maintain a work/life balance, children are frequently left to fend for themselves in a world that is unfamiliar and daunting.
The Westminster Debate, “Supporting families after the riots and the role of family law”, which takes place on Monday 12th December, 2011 in The House of Commons will look at how, in the wake of the summer riots, the family justice system can play a vital role in supporting families and children, and encouraging family values in today’s complex world.
You can follow this debate by placing your cursor up to the box which says “The Riots” and clicking on the pages of the drop-down menu. From welcome letters, to press releases and speeches, this site will give you up to the minute information on the event and keep you in the loop, every step of the way.
If you’d like to attend this event, please email Researching Reform at Sobk13@gmail.com. Thank you!
So, what were the riots about?
What could have caused the riots?
What was being said about children?
- Children from very varied backgrounds seem to be involved
- Vulnerable children, education and special needs
- Law students and organic chefs!
How are organisations responding to social pressure?
- Unicef criticised the UK government for jailing children during the riots
- The government considers punishing rioters with eviction and welfare benefit cuts
- The Family Justice System goes under review (Final Report)
- Lawyers warn against legislation that makes it harder for families to access help and support
- Schools start to offer parenting classes, for mums and dads who find it hard to juggle work and home commitments