Dr Julie Doughty
Julie Doughty graduated in law at the University of Bristol, and subsequently qualified as a solicitor, working in private practice for more than ten years. She has also worked for Shelter, co-ordinating an advocacy project. In 1993 she joined local government as the manager of the South-east Wales Guardian ad litem Panel, and transferred to CAFCASS (Children & Family Court Advisory & Support Service) as a team manager in 2001. She joined the Law School in 2003 as a research assistant with a project disseminating Joseph Rowntree Foundation research on the effects of divorce, separation and family change.
She then worked as a researcher on a number of empirical research studies on care proceedings; expert witnesses; and children's views on media access to courts. Her PhD topic was the functions of family courts.
She was a member of the BAAF (British Association for Adoption & Fostering) Cymru Legal Group and represented Wales on the BAAF Legal Group Advisory Committee until its closure in July 2015. She is the Chair of Family Mediation Cardiff. She has edited a practitioners' journal, Seen and Heard (ISSN 1744-1072) since April 2008. She is a member of Cardiff University's Adoption Research Group and (with colleagues at the Universities of Bristol, Bath and Exeter) the Network on Family, Regulation and Society. She is a trustee and member of The Transparency Project, which aims to make the family justice system clearer.
Current research projects include personal welfare disputes in the Court of Protection, led by Professor Phil Fennell and the Wales Adoption Cohort Study, led by Dr Katherine Sheltion (School of Psychology).
Recently, Julie established the Children's Social Care Law in Wales website for social workers, foster carers and advisers in Wales.
Julie currently teaches on the LLB Media Law, Trusts and Family Law modules and the LLM Social Care Law programme.