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Law Resources At the University of Ulster

Internet Resources for Social Welfare

See also: Legal Gateways

See also: Social Work Resources

The following sites are recommended.
Topic Website Comments
Family Law Lord Chancellor's Department Legal policy for Families, links to legislation and some cases
  Family Law 'Family Law' is a publishing imprint of Jordan Publishing Limited in the UK. The site contains details of publications and conferences provided by Jordan's in the area of family law. Also provides Family Law News Watch - a news service for the latest developments in case-law, legislation and family law practice.
  Family Issues and the Law UK Government site with information on Parent's Rights, Children's Rights, Relationship Breakdown and other related matters
  Family Justice System for England and Wales The Family Justice System is a network of organisations including family courts, CAFCASS and other support services
The International Child Abduction Database (INCADAT) has been established by the Permanent Bureau of the Hague Conference on Private International Law with the object of making accessible many of the leading decisions rendered by national courts in respect of the Hague Convention of 25 October 1980 on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction.
Children & the Law Children's Legal Centre The Free Legal Information section gives advice on a range of topics relating to children, residence, parental responsibility etc. Short case study examples are also given.
  CareLaw Legal Advice for Young People in Care
  Children and Family Court Advisory Service CAFCASS looks after the interests of children involved in family proceedings. It works with children and their families, and then advises the courts on what it considers to be in the children's best interests.
  Children's Law Centre Developing a comprehensive and accessible advice service on children's rights and the law as it relates to children and young people
Adoption & Fostering British Association of Adoption & Fostering See Expert Opinion Section
  Adoption Guidance and  legal information on adoption & fostering issues, from the UK government's main website. 
Family Breakdown Home Office Domestic Violence Mini-site Full text documentation, reports and information on legal issues
  Matrimonial Finance Site maintained by Pearl Willis
  SharingPensions See section on Divorce for legal guidance and information on financial implications of marital or partnership breakdown.
  Women's Aid The policy and practice section has legal briefings on a range of related topics.
Vulnerable Groups AgePositive Topics covered include: age discrimination legislation, pension rights, flexible retirement ages, maintained by DWP
  Disability Unit - Disability legislation, guidance, and policy documents.
  Carers Government information for anyone who looks after a friend, relative or neighbour who needs support because of their sickness, age or disability
  Information Centre About Asylum and Refugees in the UK Select Navigation Guides from the Resources Index for legal aspects of asylum.
  AsylumLaw.org An international site of legal information.
Social Security Social Security and Child Support Commissioners
Recent cases and decisions; information on directions on practice and procedure and information on all the areas over which Commissioners have jurisdiction
  Department for Social Development See: Law & Legislation for a range of resources on social security law in Northern Ireland, including links to the NI Digest of Cases decisions. Links also to the NI Commissioners sites.
  Department for Work and Pensions Main government site for information on all social services benefits and pension law.
  Compact Law Information on a range of legal topics including Housing rights
  Care and Health Law Belinda Schwehr's very good free site covering social care, and health.
Mental Health Mind See Information section for Legal content
  Mental Health Review Tribunal The Mental Health Review Tribunal has the responsibility of hearing applications or references concerning people detained under the Mental Health Act 1983
  Section 12(2) Mental Health Act 1983 This site looks specifically at this section of the act, and reviews the proposals to reform it.
Criminal Justice Criminal Justice System of Northern Ireland, comprising: Umbrella site linking the 7 major areas of criminal justice provision in Northern Ireland.

Each separate site has links to policy documents, full text publications, advice and further contact information. 

  Youth Justice Board Useful information from the England and Wales body. Click on the Practitioners Portal for full text policy documents, help and guidance in all aspects of youth offending and rehabilitation.
  NACRO National Association for the Care and Resettlement of Offenders
  Howard League for Penal Reform The group works for humane and rational reform of the penal system.  It researches and comments on criminal justice policy and practice, holds conferences and debates, publishes books and reports
  Home Office Links to the Crime and Victims and the Criminal Justice System Online pages


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