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    Experience of public law care proceedings: a briefing on interviews with parents and social guardians

    Hunter, Gillian and Thomas, M. and Campbell, Nicola (2024) Experience of public law care proceedings: a briefing on interviews with parents and social guardians. Project Report. Revolving Doors, London, UK.

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    The Institute for Crime and Justice Policy Research (ICPR), Birkbeck and Revolving Doors are working in partnership on a research and policy project – Lived Experience of the Law. This explores people’s experiences of the family and criminal courts in the context of their wider lifetime encounters with the law and justice system. This briefing presents findings from 21 in-depth narrative interviews, conducted in the pilot stage of the project with parents and special guardians involved in public law care proceedings. These interview accounts highlight parents perceptions of being outsiders at court proceedings, of having few opportunities to speak and understanding little of what is being discussed by the judge and legal professionals. Most felt their lawyer did not adequately represent their lives or views, or challenge aspects of evidence that they considered to be wrong or unfair. The judge and judicial interaction with parents - both positive and negative - had a lasting impact. The harmful impact of processes of racialisation, institutional racism and cultural stigma was also raised by Black and Black Mixed Race parents, as well as caregivers to children racialised as Black Mixed Race.


    Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
    Keyword(s) / Subject(s): Family public law, parents, participation, justice
    School: Birkbeck Faculties and Schools > Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences > School of Social Sciences
    Research Centres and Institutes: Crime & Justice Policy Research, Institute for
    Depositing User: Gill Hunter
    Date Deposited: 06 Jun 2024 10:31
    Last Modified: 07 Jun 2024 08:07


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