Reforming law and practice

Family Rights Group was founded by social workers, lawyers and families in 1974 in response to the injustices experienced by many families involved with social services and the unnecessary separation of children from their families.

We have had some significant successes over the last 40 years:

  • Then local authorities could take away parental rights without going to court. Now they can't.
  • Then parents were not included in their children's case conferences nor in reviews if their children were in care. Now partnership working is enshrined in legislation.
  • Then grandparents had no legal means to seek contact with their grandchildren if they were in care. Now they do.

We have had a significant impact on the development of services to children and families. We were instrumental in influencing the preparation of the 1989 Children Act and associated guidance, which introduced the key principle of working in partnership with parents to secure the best interests of children.

These achievements are in large part due to us consistently bringing evidence of injustices to the attention of politicians, practitioners and the media, and putting forward workable solutions in the interest of the child.

As ever, Family Rights Group is continuing to campaign for further reforms to improve the lives of children and families.