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Naming social workers in family courts could breach human rights

Warning from the Family Justice Council reported by The Times

The Times has reported concern from the Family Justice Council that further plans to open up family courts and allow social workers to be named could breach human rights.

The report states that Sir Mark Potter is "extremely concerned" at the prospect and also cites Professor Judith Masson, the well-known family law academic from the University of Bristol, who condemned the proposals at a recent meeting of the Council as “wholly misconceived” and expressed “strong doubts” that they were compliant with human rights law.

This new tranche of reforms on court openness are due to be contained in the Schools and Safeguarding Children Bill to be introduced in the new session of Parliament in November.

The full story can be found on The Times website here.