"The States Parties to the present Convention...Convinced that the family,as the fundamental group of society and the natural environment for the growth and well-being of all its members and particularly children, should be afforded the necessary protection and assistance so that it can fully assume its responsibilities within the community,...have agreed as follows ...to the articles of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child.” Preamble to the UN Convention of the Rights of the Child
(i) The protection and assistance the British state gives to the family for the growth and well being of all its members comes from section 1 of the Children Act 1989 and especially section 1(3), the welfare checklist. The welfare checklist is for every family to grow and raise its children on their chosen journey into a content and productive adulthood capable of assuming their responsibilities in the community, “Good Parents, Great Kids, Better Citizens”.
(ii) The Society of Friends and Advocates subscribes to this vision for the family and seeks to provide help and support to realise it for every family. The family and in particular children, grow through knowledge and understanding of the resources and assistance available to the family, how to obtain that help and how best to use it for the child’s journey into adulthood.
(iii) The society follows the principles of the UN Convention. It provides information, guidance and support to facilitate access to scientific and technical knowledge and modern teaching methods under UN Article 28(3); to parents and legal guardians in the performance of heir child-rearing responsibilities, UN Article 18(2); and all those who have care of the child for protecting her, UN Article 19(2).
(iv) The welfare checklist is the means by which an understanding of scientific and technical knowledge and modern teaching methods is used by good parents to obtain the help they need and best use it to raise great kids into better citizens.
The Society of Friends and Advocates is a learned society concerned with the application of science in society through the legal system and the other legally binding processes that regulate peoples lives. The society’s purpose is to, firstly, ensure that the citizen’s education, health, care, welfare and safety needs, and those of his children, are met on a case by case basis without discrimination. In particular through the Children and Family Assessment. Secondly, to ensue that the state does not to betray a better understanding of the issues involved in education, health, care and safety as a means of prejudice, fraud and abuse.
The Society of Friends and Advocates provides services that :
strengthen the family’s capacities by giving access to the information they need and educational support to families in helping them understand the issues involved in their children’s education, health, care and safety when deciding on their plans for the children’s future;
supplement the family’s capacities by giving access to :
Mentors, to advise and assist the family in working to and adapting the Child, Education, Health, Care and Safety Plan in light of experience as as the child develops.
Friends, to advise and assist the family in identifying and exrpessing their’s and their children’s needs, the support they require in meeting those needs by conducting a CAF Assessment to develop the child’s education, health, care and safety plan; and
Advocates, to ensure that the necessary services and support are, accessible, available, provided without discrimination and are satisfactorily delivered; and
The problems of family justice, child protection and dreadful local authority services to children and families are well known. The society produces and promotes plans to change these. In particular, to implement the Judiciary proposals for the modernisation of family justice and the recommendations of the Munro Review of Child Protection.