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BASW England - Celebrating 30 Years of Partnership with the Children Act 1989

This will be an unique opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the Act over the past 30 years

The Children Act 1989 has been heralded the world over, described as "the most comprehensive and far-reaching reform of child law which has come before parliament in living memory" by the then Lord-Chancellor, James Mackay.

To mark the 30th anniversary of the Act, BASW England invites you to join this webinar.  This will be an unique opportunity to reflect on the achievements of the Act, the hope it has brought to generations of children, as well as the framework upon which good social work practice has been built over three decades.  This will be interactive event, with  attendees invited to share questions and comments throughout.


  • Pam Shodeinde, member of the BASW Black & Ethnic Minority Professional Symposium 
  • Sir James Munby, Chair of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory
  • Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division and Chair of the Family Justice Council
  • Wendy Rose OBE


  • James Blewett, Chair of the BASW England Children & Family Group


Pam Shodeinde is a qualified social worker with experience in community development and youth offending.   Pam is a member of the BASW England Black & Ethnic Minority Professional Symposium and co-vice chair of BASW England Student and NQSW group. 

The Rt Hon Sir James Munby was called to the Bar in 1971 and became a QC in 1988. In the 1990s he appeared as counsel in several important Children Act cases in the Court of Appeal and House of Lords. He became a judge of the Family Division in 2000, a judge of the Court of Appeal in 2009 and President of the Family Division in 2013. Since his retirement in 2018 he has been Chairman of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. In 2003 he co-chaired the Committee which produced the Protocol for hearing care cases. In 2008 he was part of the group which produced the original Public Law Outline (PLO). In 2013-2014 he was responsible for the introduction and piloting of the revised PLO and for the organisation and implementation of the new Family Court.

For 15 years after the Children Act was implemented, The Rt Hon Sir Andrew McFarlane represented children and parents in care applications first in Birmingham and then in London. He appeared at all levels of court including the House of Lords and the European Court of Human Rights. In April 2005 he was appointed to the High Court, Family Division. His reported judgements in complex family cases are frequently cited. In 2011 he was appointed to be a Lord Justice of Appeal and also in 2011 he was the legal member of the Government ‘Family Justice Review’ Panel. In July 2018 Sir Andrew succeeded Sir James Munby as President of the Family Division and Head of Family Justice.  This breadth and depth of experience is complemented by his scholarly writing (together with the late David Hershman he is the co-author of “Children: Law and Practice” and he has contributed to other publications and lectured throughout the UK and abroad) and by his contributions to the voluntary sector

Wendy Rose OBE led the social work team at the Department of Health during the passage of the Bill and for the first ten or so years after implementation. She advised ministerial and professional committees and worked with colleagues on guidance and the research programme. She has been a Senior Research Fellow at the Open University and Honorary Research Fellow Cardiff University and an adviser to the Scottish and Welsh Governments. Her many publications include (with others)  The Developing World of the Child, and Improving Safeguarding Practice. 

James Blewett is a qualified social worker who worked in a variety of children and families settings for 17 years .  Since 2001 James has been the London co-ordinator for Making Research Count, an innovative national research dissemination project. James also teaches at universities on qualifying and post-qualifying programmes. He has recently been involved in a project to work with service user groups on incorporating parental perspectives into social work teaching on poverty and was part of the project team that wrote a training curriculum for CAFCASS. James is also the chair of the BASW England Childrens and Families Group.

Registration will close at 10am on 17th December.  BASW Members please log-in and click the 'Member Register Here' Button below to book your place

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