An article published in The Guardian today reports that the political party Ukip has issued a policy that family courts should be ‘more sensitive and more open’. We have not been able to read the policy document yet so cannot comment. However, it is troubling that the Guardian article suggests that ‘a juggernaut of legal process leads to outrageous injustices’. Strong words. There are also references to social workers ‘riding roughshod’ over ordinary people so it is not clear where blame is being attributed here – ‘secret courts’ or social work practice. We will report as soon as we have been able to find the policy paper.