Substituted Parenting

Substituted Parenting: What does this mean in the family court?

What does this mean for parents with learning disabilities in the family court context?

Nadine Tilbury and Beth Tarleton (2023)


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Substituted Parenting Project - Advisory Groups

Parent Advisory Group Members

Pip (Associated with Mind the Gap theatre group); Vicky (SpeakUp Rotherham); Mary, Kaye and Janet (Geordie Mums at Skills for People).

Professional Advisory Group Members

Mani Basi FLBA (Family Law Bar Association); Professor Jo Delahunty QC; Richard Devine BANES (Bath and North East Somerset) Consultant Social worker; Jude Eyre NFJO (Nuffield Family Justice Observatory); Julie Hine OSPT (Office of the Official Solicitor and Public Trustee); Caroline Lynch FRG (Family Rights Group); Jane McSherry ADCS (Association of Directors of Children’s Services); Kate Mercer Independent advocate – Kate Mercer Training; Ash Patel Nuffield Foundation; Kate Theodore - Clinical Tutor Doctorate in Clinical Psychology Department of Psychology Royal Holloway, University of London; Professor June Thoburn BASW (British Association of Social Workers); Sara Trumper FLBA; Professor Jason Tucker - Law Society; Professor Danielle Turney; Grant Williams CAFCASS (Children and Family Court Advisory and Support Service).

We are very grateful to the Nuffield Foundation for funding this project: Substituted parenting: what does this mean in the family court? - Nuffield Foundation 

The Nuffield Foundation is an independent charitable trust with a mission to advance social well-being. It funds research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare, and Justice. It also funds student programmes that provide opportunities for young people to develop skills in quantitative and scientific methods. The Nuffield Foundation is the founder and co-funder of the Nuffield Council on Bioethics, the Ada Lovelace Institute and the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory. The Foundation has funded this project, but the views expressed are those of the authors and not necessarily the Foundation. Visit 

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