Family Justice Council Debate – ‘Should the age of majority be reduced to 16?’

The Family Justice Council is holding its 14th Annual Debate and panel discussion on Wednesday 8 December 2021, from 5:30pm to 7:30pm.  The event will take place in person in London and will be live streamed via MS Teams.

The motion for this year’s debate reads: ‘Should the age of majority be reduced to 16?’

The event will be chaired by Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division and Chair of the Family Justice Council.  The panel speakers are:

  • Ruth Henke QC – Specialises in the protection of and provision of services to children and vulnerable adults.
  • Deirdre Fotrell QC – Specialises in the law relating to children
  • Family Justice Young People’s Board member(s)
  • Shabina Begum, Solicitor – UN recognised authority on child, early and forced marriage.

We aim to achieve a cross-section of all the key professions working in the family justice system and welcome applications from those who represent the interests of service users.

Please apply to the Family Justice Council at: giving your name, area of expertise, and contact details by close of business on 24 November 2021.

Please indicate whether you wish to attend in person or online via MS Teams.  Due to the restriction in numbers, there will be a limit on the numbers attending in person.

We will inform those applicants who have requested to attend in person whether they have been successful by 29 November 2021.

An MS Teams link will be sent to applicants attending online in due course.