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MRC Seminar: Parental Alienation in the Family Courts

Short URL https://socialcare.ealingcpd.org.uk/courses/bookings/c_detail.asp?cid=17223 
Event code SC 20/483 
Event description

Dr Adrienne Barnett was called to the Bar of England and Wales in 1981 and practised for over 30 years, for most of which she specialised in Family Law, primarily representing parents and children in serious care cases and in private law cases involving allegations of domestic abuse. Adrienne is now a Senior Lecturer in Law at Brunel University London. Her specialist area of research is domestic abuse and the family courts, including parental alienation. She has published widely and presented papers at numerous academic and professional conferences in the UK and abroad.

In this webinar, Adrienne will discuss the emergence and development of parental alienation (PA) in England and Wales. She will consider the background into which PA first appeared in private law proceedings concerning children in England and Wales, and examine how it progressed in the case law through the changing political and discursive context of private family law. She notes a clear pattern of PA being raised in family proceedings and in political and popular arenas in response to concerns about and measures to address domestic abuse. The case law revealed a high incidence of domestic abuse perpetrated by parents (principally fathers) who were claiming that the resident parents (principally mothers) had alienated the children against them, which raises questions about the purpose of PA.

While PA has had a chequered history and is not without its critics, it has become part of the discursive repertoire of current family law, with increasingly harsh consequences for women and children.

Training objectives  
Subject areas Safeguarding Children, Social Worker, Working with Children and Families
Target audience Children and Families Social Care Staff
Venue via Zoom (online), ., . map
Admin contact Training Social Care (trainingsocialcare@ealing.gov.uk)
Event Commissioner Training Social Care (trainingsocialcare@ealing.gov.uk)
Course Costs
Standard cost£0.00
Start date Monday 13 July 2020
Times 11:00 - 12:30
Number of sessions 1