Identity as Best Interests?

8th Jun 2017 - 4:00pm - 5:30pm

Business and Law building

Identity as Best Interests? Parentage, Protection and Kinship Ties: The Need for Legislative Reform – Jacqueline Williamson, CEO of Kinship Care, Northern Ireland

The right to a genetic identity is a complex issue and is relevant to a multitude of sectors including social workers, non-government organisations (NGOs) and family law. In 2016 it was calculated that 70,440 children were in the care of local authorities, and increasingly more children are born each year through donor schemes, which can create intricate issues around law and policy-making.
In this roundtable discussion, panellists will be drawn from the fields of law, social work and policing to explore the difficulties surrounding the protection of the right to identity. The conversation will seek to answer how identity may be best expressed in the often very difficult circumstances that surround family life.

This roundtable discussion will be led by Jacqueline Williamson, CEO of Kinship Care, Northern Ireland. Jacqueline has worked in the voluntary and community sectors for two decades and has extensive, first-hand knowledge of the social care system, having been brought up in care herself. She is a Northern Ireland Fellow of the Winston Churchill Memorial Trust, and Fellow of Clore Social Leadership Programme. In 2014 she was awarded ‘Woman of the Year’ by Derry City Council.

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