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40th aNniversary special

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Family Rights Group’s 40th Anniversary newsletter


2014 is our 40th anniversary. It is an opportunity to celebrate important successes, to highlight the importance of our work – and to fundraise to assist many more struggling families whose children would otherwise go into care.


We highlight:


Family Rights Group 40th anniversary

The 40th anniversary appeal


40th anniversary events including:

Evening in conversation with Alan Johnson MP

Durham book launch of Reimagining Child Protection

40th anniversary celebration dinner hosted by The Rt Hon Sir James Munby
with speakers Baroness Hale and Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane

Evening with Dickens’s biographer Claire Tomalin 


Join our running or walking teams

Your drawing in the spot light – competition for children in family and friends care


Family Rights Group 40th anniversary


We are a charity founded in 1974 by social workers, lawyers and families in response to the injustices experienced by many parents involved with social services (now known as children's services) and the unnecessary separation of children from their families.


This year we are launching a 40th fundraising appeal – including holding various events – and we need your help. 


We have had some important successes over the last 40 years.
For example, 40 years ago parents were NOT:

  • legally represented if their child was subject to care proceedings;
  • included in their child's case conference, if there were child protection concerns;
  • invited to reviews if their child was in care.

Now they are


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.


But we are needed now more than ever.


The 40th anniversary appeal


We are inundated by families contacting our advice service for help – an increase of 70% in the last two years. Currently we don’t have funding to answer 6 in 10 families trying to call the service.

Domestic violence is now the main underlying reason why families contact us. Increasing numbers are impoverished mothers, whose children are subject to child protection enquiries as a result of witnessing domestic violence. Even if they wish to leave with their children, they often have nowhere to go.

Some families contacting us desperately need additional help following an initial advice call. Many are too scared, upset and fearful to navigate, alone, a system which can feel complex and overwhelming.

Monies raised from the 40th anniversary appeal will enable more vulnerable children to live safely and thrive within their families, rather than go into care by enabling us to:

  1. Advise many more victims of domestic violence and
  2. Provide follow-up advocacy support to families, by negotiating with the local authority and/or drafting emails and letters on their behalf.
By joining the Family Rights Group Supporters’ Network and making a donation, no matter how big or small, you can make a crucial contribution to our work. All donations make a difference, but it is the regular and consistent payments that provide continuing help to families in need of support. You are free to donate as much as you like, but this guide to how your donation can make a difference might help you decide on an amount.

In return for your support you will receive a 10% discount on our publications, training courses and events, an invite to an annual stakeholders’ meeting, regular newsletters and our annual review.

To become a supporter, click here.            

Evening in conversation with Alan Johnson MP


Alan Johnson's book


Dulwich books is hosting an evening in conversation with Alan Johnson MP, author of This Boy and Patron of Family Rights Group. Alan was brought by his older sister, when his mother died.

5th June 2014 7pm
All Saints Church, West Dulwich, London

Tickets £10 (£8 for under 18s)

Monies raised will go towards Family Rights Group.


Durham book launch of Reimagining Child Protection




Durham book launch of ‘Reimagining child protection – towards humane social work with families’ with authors Professors Brid Featherstone, Sue White and Kate Morris.

17th June 2014 6pm - 8pm, Durham

Free Event


40th anniversary celebration dinner hosted by The Rt Hon Sir James Munby with speakers Baroness Hale and Lord Justice Andrew McFarlane


6.30pm drinks for 7.30pm dinner on 23rd October 2014
Old Hall, Lincoln's Inn, London WC2A 3TL

Host: The Rt Hon Sir James Munby, President of the Family Division

After Dinner Speakers: Baroness Hale of Richmond, Deputy President of the Supreme Court and Lord Justice McFarlane, Court of Appeal

Tickets: £125 per person

Evening with Dickens’s biographer Claire Tomalin 


This event involving a talk and discussion with Claire Tomalin will be followed by a drinks and canapés reception.  It will be held at Garden Court Chambers, London, which was the venue of the first reading of the Dickens short story The Chimes.

19th November 2014 6.30pm
Tickets: £50 per person

Monies raised will go towards Family Rights Group.

We are seeking sponsors for our events - please let us know if you or your organisation is interested.


Join our running or walking team


Inspired by our amazing London Marathon runner Olivia Kavanagh?

Olivia Kavanagh


British London 10k, 13 July 2014 – we have 10 places
This is an excellent opportunity for running novices or those who would just enjoy running through central London and seeing all the amazing sites with no cars in sight.

Great North Run half marathon, 7 September 2014 – we have 5 places
It’s the first time FRG has secured places for the Great North Run. It’s a great run, lots of locals supporting you and there’s the thrill of the Red Arrows at the start and the end of the run.

Royal Parks Half Marathon, 12 October 2014
We anticipate we will have 10 places for this scenic run through the Royal Parks of central London.

Great South Run 10 miles, 26 October 2014
We have 5 places in a race that takes you along a beautiful, part coastal route from Portsmouth.

Interested?  Please contact or ring 020 7923 2628


Your drawing in the spot light –competition for children in family and friends car


We are holding a drawing competition for children being raised by their relatives, such as their grandparents or older siblings or friends, who cannot live with their parents.  We want your drawings of your family – let your imaginations go wild!

1st, 2nd and 3rd prize winners in each age category will have their pictures showcased on website and at public events. And there will be vouchers as well for the lucky winners.

Age categories: Under 5, 5 to 8 year olds, 9 to 12 year olds, 13-18 year olds
Please state the name of the young artist with the picture and also their age and either postal address or carer’s email address.

Submit drawings electronically to or send them in the post to Yasmin Choudhury,  The Print House, 18 Ashwin Street, London E8 3DL.


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