Family Justice 6 months after COVID-19 - looking to the future
14 October 2020
Online forum from the Family Justice Board in association with Hertfordshire Law School.
Programme of speakers
|Welcome His Honour Judge Vavrecka from the Watford Family Court||09:15|
Lord Justice Jonathan Baker
Lord Justice Baker has been appointed Judge in Charge of Recovery for the Family Court post lockdown.
Lord Justice Baker’s background at the Bar was principally in family law, specialising in children’s cases. He was appointed as a High Court judge in 2009 and assigned to the Family Division.
In October 2018 he was appointed as a Lord Justice of Appeal and in May 2020 was asked by the President of the Family Division to advise on the way forward for the ‘recovery’ phase for the Family Court after the COVID lockdown.
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Jim McManus, Director of Public Health for Hertfordshire County Council
Jim McManus is a Chartered Psychologist and Chartered Scientist as well as a registered public health professional. He is a member of the Association of Directors of Public Health UK Board, and visiting Professor at the University of Hertfordshire.
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Olga Staicu Family Safeguarding, Hertfordshire County Council
Olga Staicu is a Service Manager with 19 years’ social work experience with children and families in child protection services and Cafcass. As part of her social work career, she has worked in various roles as: a social worker, senior practitioner, children’s guardian, team manager and service manager. She has also been a Practice Educator for social work students and a Level 5 coach following training with the Institute of Leadership and Management. This year she is embarking on the MBA programme with the University of Hertfordshire. She has worked for Hertfordshire County Council since 2015.
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Richard Morris MBE, Assistant Director at Cafcass (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service)
Richard Morris is currently an Assistant Director for Cafcass and holds responsibility for Greater London Public Law, the South East Region and the National Associate Contractor Team. Richard joined Cafcass in 2012 after leaving Local Authority work in one of the most deprived rural areas in Britain. He has worked extensively through Local Authority Children’s Services and has both practitioner and management experience in residential units, secure units, Access teams, child protection teams, court teams, LAC and fostering and adoption teams. Richard has been a guest lecturer on a number of occasions at Cambridge University and Anglia Ruskin University principally presenting on issues of child protection and child placement. He is engaged with a number of voluntary organisations and is currently a trustee for Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB). Richard was recognised in the Queens New Year’s honours list in 2017 and granted an MBE for services to children in England. He gained his social work qualification in 1999 whilst employed in the residential sector so considers himself a relative newcomer to the profession of Social Work in comparison to many others.
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Detective Chief Inspector Ben Wright joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in 2001. Ben has spent the majority of his policing career as a detective; holding an array of diverse roles in each of the force’s three Commands (Serious & Organised, Local Policing & Safeguarding). As a career detective and former Senior Investigating Officer, Ben has a passion for investigation and new investigative techniques. He enjoys building strong and lasting relationships with colleagues and partners across the Criminal Justice System . DCI Wright presently leads Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Domestic Abuse Investigation & Safeguarding Unit. He is extremely proud of the work they do in support of vulnerable victims day in, day out.
Detective Inspector Claire Richardson has been with the Constabulary for 12 years, after graduating with a degree in English Literature and Criminology (focusing on gender specific violence). She has served the majority of her career in uniform frontline and custody roles. Claire transitioned into a detective role in September 2019 as one of the Domestic Abuse Investigation & Safeguarding Unit DIs.
DS Clare Cray has over over 23 years’ service DS Cray has worked within many roles within Hertfordshire Constabulary during her career, namely as response officer , training officer and on Case Investigation prior to focusing on her passion of safeguarding for the past 10 years. This has seen her working within the fields of Safeguarding Adults form Abuse , managing Forced Marriage and so called ‘Honour Based Cases’ and extensive experience of managing Domestic Abuse investigations. DS Cray leads the Specialist Safeguarding Unit which forms part of Hertfordshire Constabulary’s Domestic Abuse Investigation & Safeguarding Unit.
DS Gemma Kenealy joined Hertfordshire Constabulary in 2006 and started her career in frontline policing as a response officer. After several years on response Gemma spent time on a neighbourhood team, and a proactive team before deciding to complete the trainee investigator programme and become a Detective. Gemma then worked on Case Investigation and a local crime unit gaining experience in serious and complex investigations. In 2015 Gemma went back to Uniform response as a Sergeant and then eventually moved in to Safeguarding which is where her real passion lies. Gemma now works on the Domestic Abuse Investigation & Safeguarding Unit, running the Beacon Safeguarding Hub; who work closely with partners to support vulnerable victims of domestic abuse.
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Panel discussion and close
|11:35 - 11:55|
This online forum is free of charge and will be interactive with the opportunity for questions from delegates.
Delegates will be provided with a link to join Microsoft Teams once they have registered.
2020 marks the 40th Anniversary of Hertfordshire Law School at the University of Hertfordshire