At Rayden Solicitors, as specialist family lawyers we deal with emotive family situations on a regular basis, and we are all too aware of the fragility of the family unit.
For all families, being resilient in the face of change is incredibly important to maintain the mental and physical wellbeing of everybody in the family, and particularly children whatever age they might be. With the unprecedented times that have evolved since the outbreak of the COVID-19 pandemic, we have become even more aware of the pressures on families and the potential for childhood anxiety to peak during these weeks and months. As adults we have adjusted to changes in circumstances, but for children there may be many more fears and unanticipated adjustments they need to make as their lives return to some form of normality - whether the return to school, starting to meet friends and family again, or the longer term re-calibration of their own worlds.
When working with our clients we always endeavour to help them cope with the emotional upheaval they face, and that often means introducing our clients to other experts who can help them progress to a better future post their divorce or separation. We are delighted to know renowned practitioner Dr Kathy Weston M.Phil. (Cantab) LL.B., one of the UK’s leading experts on parental engagement in children’s lives and learning, and with whom we will be hosting a series of webinars and Q&A sessions that we hope will provide some very useful guidance on how to maintain that family resilience no matter how challenging the circumstances might be.
Dr Weston will be joining us for our first webinar, hosted by Rayden’s St Albans based Partner Priya Palanivel, on Wednesday 24th September. The webinar will address Family Resilience and life after COVID-19 - Kathy will cover key areas parents should focus on, the different approaches parents can take to deal with some of the pressures and anxieties their children might be facing in the current environment, and how families can adapt to those pressures. The presentation will explain how to help children build their resilience in the face of change, and how parents can manage their child's anxiety and cope with the transition of their lives through a post lockdown world.
Dr Weston holds a Law Degree from Queen’s University and a Masters and Doctorate from Cambridge University’s Institute of Criminology. Her doctoral work focused on the theme of resilience, coping and transition. Kathy worked for many years as a policy and education researcher, before becoming interested in the home-school partnership and the power of parental engagement in learning. She is the co-author of two books for teachers as part of the #100 Ideas (Bloomsbury, 2018; 2020) and is considered to be one of the country’s experts on evidence-based approaches to parenting and family life.