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Family Court Professional Conference 2017


“Modern Day Challenges” 

Thursday 15th June

Yarnfield Park Training & Conference Centre, Stone, Staffordshire


Registration from 9.30-10.15  - Conference 10.30-4.30

For all Professional Practitioners working in the Family Courts.  Napo members free.

Confirmed speakers:

  • Leicestershire Crime Directorate – Complex Investigation Team - (Modern Day Slavery and Human Trafficking)
  • Penny Logan, Principal Lawyer, Cafcass Legal - (Radicalisation)


  • Leethen Bartholomew & Tracey Thomas - (Radicalisation, looking at thresholds and Prevent agenda)
  • Sheila Mosely, FCA & AlisonBurch, Manager of After18+  (Asylum Seekers and Young People)
  • Bally Raju – CSE Co-ordinator (Child Sexual Exploitation) TBC

Hold this date - more details and registration form available shortly.  Expression of interest can be emailed to: Jacqui at

Click here for a report of the 2016 Professional Conference 

About Family Court Section

Napo is the largest trade union in Cafcass. Family Court members are organised in the Family Court Section (FCS) of Napo. The section meets five times a year to discuss issues such as health and safety, negotiating including pay and conditions and professional and training issues. 

Family Court section representatives and National Officials progress these subjects at consultation and negotiaitng meetings with Cafcass, and through our campaigning work.

What makes Napo special:

  • We are a professional association as well as a trade union, so we can ensure your best interests in all aspects of your work.
  • Family Court Committee - We have a committee that meets three times a year to discuss and develop policies and guidance on professional practice issues. If you would like to get involved please contact Jacqui Paryag, Napo administrator for the committee.
  • Family Court Conference.- FCS activists organise a yearly conference, which is an opportunity for our members to get together to listen to experts in the field.

We are a democratic trade union:

  • Section policy is agreed at the FC SAGM (Family Court Section Annual General Meeting) - which any member is entilted to attend
  • The SAGM elects the Section Executive Commmittee (SEC)
  • The FCS elects two representatives to the Napo’s National Executive Committee.
  • The FCS elects a Napo National Vice-Chair

This means Family Court members voice is at the heart of Napo

For help and advice on workplace issues contact:

National Vice Chair: Jay Barlow or Jay.Barlow@CAFCASS.GSI.GOV.UK

Co-chairs of the FCS:
Nicki Kenny
Steve Hornby

There are also a network local Napo representatives

Napo National Officials:
Sarah Friday, National Official
Dean Rogers, Napo Assistant General Secretary

Napo adminstrators:
Jacqui Paryag
Cynthia Griffith