Webinar: Untested Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Family Law Proceedings

Webinar: Untested Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Family Law Proceedings

The Family Law Pathways Networks across Australia invite you to join a free webinar by internationally recognised clinical family law expert Vincent Papaleo and registered psychologist Ben Jones on the topic of 'Untested Allegations of Sexual Abuse in Family Law Proceedings'. 


WHEN   Thusday, 10 December 2020
   10:00AM – 11:30AM AWST (1:00PM – 2:30PM AEDT)
WHERE    Online webinar

   Free of charge, registrations essential.
   Register here

Registered participants will be emailed a link for the webinar within 24 hours of the scheduled start time and will also have access to a recording of the webinar for a period of time following the live stream. If you are unable to join the live stream but wish to view the recording at a later time, please register in order to receive the link.


This session will focus on how to assess and manage family law cases where there are concerns about child sexual abuse. There will be information regarding how to critically examine the allegations, including any disclosures made by the child, as well as ancillary information that may be relevant to determining whether or not abuse may have occurred.

There will also be some discussion around the presentation of parents who are more likely to make erroneous claims of sexual abuse, including parents with a personality disorder.

The session will include case studies, video vignettes, and open discussion. It will be most relevant for legal practitioners that specialise in family Law, Independent Children's Lawyers, staff at community agencies that work with families, and single experts/family report writers.

Vincent Papaleo

Vincent Papeleo is an internationally recognised expert in the clinical aspects of Family Law. Having commenced his career in the Dept of Child Psychiatry at the Austin Hospital, he moved into private practice, specialising in separated families. He has over 30 years’ experience, both in practice, though also as court witness, trainer, and consultant. He presents at events all over Australia and overseas, becoming a highly regarded contributor to professional development events.

Ben Jones

Ben Jones is a registered psychologist with doctoral training in forensic behavioural science. He worked in criminal law for almost a decade before coming to specialise in Family Law in 2009. He is particularly renowned for his work in cases where there is a substantial risk footprint – family violence, sexual abuse, and personality disturbance. He provides single-expert advice to the Family Court and Federal Circuit Court, though is concurrently a prolific public speaker, as well as seminar convener. Dr Jones is recognised around Australia as one of the few AFCC Endorsed Report Writers, and has been invited to present on Family Law topics in many countries around the world.

Please note that we are unable to issue legal CPD certificates or certificates of attendance for this webinar. However, many viewers will be able to claim their own CPE/CPD points for attendance, and should consult their respective professional organisations for further clarification and guidance.