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Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues

Authors: Alexander Laing and Dr Bianca Jackson

ISBN: 9781526503275

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Publication Date: 2018

Publisher: Bloomsbury Professional

Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues

Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues

The law relating to children does not seem to stand still long enough to have its photograph taken ... this most welcome publication succeeds in delivering a high resolution and up to date image of the current law and practice.’ – The Rt. Hon. Lord Justice McFarlane, President of the Family Division, in the Foreword to the book.

The guide to current, important and commonly misunderstood issues in public children law.

Drawing together the key statute, case law, and procedure in relation to 12 central themes, Public Children Law: Contemporary Issues explores and examines current issues of particular difficulty in public children law, with an emphasis on those with an international dimension. It aims to provide a comprehensive overview of some of the most pressing issues in child protection law, as well as identifying common pitfalls and practical tips, and providing good practice guides.

The topics covered include:

  • Children giving evidence
  • Child trafficking
  • Radicalisation
  • Female genital mutilation
  • Secure accommodation orders
  • Special guardianship orders

This is an essential guide for all public children law practitioners, including barristers, solicitors, members of the judiciary, magistrates, clerks, legal executives, social work professionals, and policy makers who work in the field of child protection and students.

Alexander Laing is a barrister practising in family law from Coram Chambers, a specialist family law set in London. He is the Outstanding Newcomer in the Field of Children Law (ALC Award 2017) and Pro Bono Lawyer of the Year (Family Law Awards 2017). He was the Young Barrister of the Year (Family Law Awards 2016). Alex has published many articles on children law, across a range of publications. His written work has been quoted and endorsed by former President of the Family Division, Sir James Munby.

Dr Bianca Jackson is a family law barrister at Coram Chambers. She practises in all areas of public and private children law, and has a particular expertise in surrogacy law and legal parenthood. Dr Jackson has advocated in a number of high-profile reported cases in both the High Court and the Court of Appeal, and frequently publishes and lectures on issues in family law. In 2015, she won the Family Law Pro Bono Lawyer of the year, and in 2016 was shortlisted for the Young Barrister of the Year. Prior to joining the Bar, Dr Jackson taught at the University of Oxford and worked with the Women’s Initiative for Gender Justice at the International Criminal Court in The Hague.

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