McAlister News

26 Sep 2018

Breaking the news

Our founder and managing partner, Amanda McAlister, is the resident go-to expert on all matters Family Law for ITV’s hugely popular daytime programme, This Morning.

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15 Oct 2018

National Adoption Week

National Adoption Week runs from 15-21 October. Across the North West, there are now more children who need to be placed within a loving home than there are available adopters.

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11 Oct 2018

Best of friends?

A McKenzie friend is someone who can accompany a parent to court to provide moral support. They may also take notes, help the parent find the correct papers and give advice on questions to ask witnesses. They cannot, however, speak for the parent, or run the case for them (unless permitted).

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10 Oct 2018

The fundamentals of caring

Social work is a profession that attracts people who care about people, who want to make things better, who want to relieve suffering and who want their work to make a difference. It is a profession devoted to helping people function as well as they can in their environment. 

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25 Sep 2018

Child mental health crisis and the impact

The BBC’s television programme Panorama has uncovered worrying new evidence of the rise in children with mental health problems and a system described by doctors as “not fit for purpose.

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24 Sep 2018

Ask the family: Think Pink

The  Family Justice Young People’s Board (FJYPB) comprises more than 50 children, aged between seven and 25 years old, who live across England and Wales. All of them have had experience of the family justice system or an interest in children’s rights and the family courts.

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19 Sep 2018

Reporting in family courts

It is always a difficult balance to develop further openness in family court proceedings while at the same time maintaining confidentiality for the children involved.

This situation is not helped by the sometimes inaccurate - and therefore misleading - press reporting of cases which results in the diminishing of increased understanding and informed debate.

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