From Court Missionaries to Conflict Resolution: A Century of Family Court Welfare

24 Pages Posted: 25 Oct 2011

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Julie Doughty

Cardiff University - Cardiff Law School

Date Written: 2011

Abstract

Family courts have utilized social work services to assist in making decisions in private law disputes since the late nineteenth century. During this period, the initial role of the court missionary developed into the family court welfare officer, and subsequently into the family court adviser. Although the family justice system accepts the need for social work advice to the courts, the relationship between law and social science has been subject to continuous tension, which is still evident in unresolved conflicts about the boundaries between adjudication and welfare.

Keywords: family law, conflict resolution, family court welfare, social work, family court advisor

Suggested Citation

Doughty, Julie, From Court Missionaries to Conflict Resolution: A Century of Family Court Welfare (2011). Child and Family Law Quarterly, Vol. 20, No. 2, pp. 131-154, 2008, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1949010

Julie Doughty (Contact Author)

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