Last week, I wrote here about Sir Andrew McFarlane recent speech at a Support Through Court conference, where he gave an overview of the allegations of domestic violence in family proceedings. The title of the speech, of course, refers to our better understanding of child abuse and is perhaps also a complaint for the thousands of children who have suffered the historical limits of this understanding. And there is nothing left, as the President points out, the notion of harm “has evolved, as the courts are faced with modern issues that were certainly not considered by the authors of the Children’s Act only 30 years ago”. “One of these problems, he says, is the radicalization of children by parents attempting to travel to areas of the world controlled by extremist Islamist organizations. The President went on to examine how we have learned to understand that child abuse takes many forms, including physical, emotional and other forms. And then, as he explains, there has recently been a shift from an approach based on abuse to one based on the harm the child has suffered or may suffer, as stipulated in the Children Act of 1989. Since then, our speaking guide has returned, this time giving the opening lecture Baroness Butler-Sloss Family Law Lecture with the fascinating title “If only we had known then what we know now. She herself was President of the Family Department, the first woman to hold this position, between 1999 and 2005, when she retired. Another week, another speech by the Chairman of the Family Department. If you would like advice on divorce or other family law issues, please contact our Client Services team to speak with one of our divorce attorneys here. He was in charge of the investigation of child abuse in Cleveland in 1987 and the death of Diana, Princess of Wales. She became a partner in 2006 and, at the age of 86, continues to be an active member of the House of Lords, which often deals with family law issues. Her suffering was discovered by a missionary, Ellen Wheeler, who was unable to convince the authorities to intervene because parents and guardians had the right to discipline their children at will. He was also present, as mentioned by the current President, to hear his successor give the first lecture in his honor.