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Certainly more training is necessary for social workers, and whether courts are adversarial or inquisitorial suggests that something is wrong; something is out of balance, and has to be corrected.

No one can be absolutely right, so of necessity there must always be compromise, but why must the balance of compromise always be weighted in favour of the lawyers, judges and social workers? They do not have a monopoly on correctness; indeed, if history and experience, as recorded on this and other websites are to be believed, all three sources are suspect.

That reform is necessary is abundantly clear; reform from the top down and the bottom up has long been overdue. Overt discussion with all parties represented is vital, but finding someone with the courage to initiate the proceedings will need a very special team leader who has already earned the trust and respect of all participants?

Unfortunately, experience is like a college where, as students we may gain the knowledge that may well cost broken hearts as the price we have to pay, because too often what we learn to tomorrow would have served us better had we known it today. Hindsight is a wonderful asset, but it always comes too late. In so many of the cases in the Family Court Justice System, it is the children and their birth parents who pay the highest costs.

If support could be given to the vulnerable at the earliest stages, so many more would benefit and so much more could be achieved. Initially it will need an enormous injection of capital and the goodwill of all concerned, but in these days when governmental austerity is preached from Westminster for the taxpayer and carte blanche is given to capitalists and arms manufacturers, I’m afraid we may be whistling into the wind.

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