Shared Parenting World Series – England and Wales


Helen Adam from the Family Solutions Group and Amanda Masson from Harper Macleod LLP

The first webinar in our series took place on 21st September 2022 – you can view the full recording below.

A pdf of the powerpoint presented during the session can be downloaded here: Helen Adam 21.9.22

The transcript of the discussions including links to issues mentioned can be downloaded here: Helen Adam and Amanda Mason webinar


We heard from Helen Adam, Chair of the Family Solutions Group which published the report  ‘What about me? Reframing Support for Families following Parental Separation’. Helen spoke about the changes that are happening in England and Wales following this work, restoring the child to the centre in systems that currently operate largely for parents.

This video illustrates some of the children’s comments gathered in preparing the report.

Prior to the webinar, Helen commented: “It’s time to put children’s needs first when parents separate. The evidence is clear: any system which adds fuel to the fire of a separation is no longer fit for purpose. We must take the fight out of family separation and focus instead on thriving childhoods when families live apart.”

Amanda Masson, Partner and Head of the Family Law Team at Harper Macleod LLP, provided a Scottish response. Prior to the webinar, she commented: “The webinar series will be invaluable for all practitioners in the field of family law to understand what other jurisdictions are doing to improve and protect the wellbeing of children and parents, living as separated families”.

Shared Parenting Scotland is grateful to Harper Macleod LLP for support towards this series of webinars.