The IMPRESS PODCAST | EPISODE #7 - The Challenges of Family Court Reporting with Transparency Project Member, Louise Tickle.

In the latest episode of the IMPRESS podcast, IMPRESS Complaints and Investigations Manager Lexie Kirkconnell-Kawana speaks to freelance journalist and member of the Transparency Project, Louise Tickle, about the challenges and impediments faced by journalists when accessing and reporting on the family courts. 

The Transparency Project seeks to make family justice clearer by explaining and discussing family law and family courts in England and Wales and signposting useful resources to help people better understand the system and the law. Find out more at



Louise Tickle is an award-winning freelance journalist who specialises in education and social affairs. She has written extensively on domestic abuse, the effects of poverty on children’s education and child protection. For more than 5 years now she has had a particular interest in reporting on the family courts and the care system, and is a member of The Transparency Project which aims to promote greater understanding of family law.

In 2017, Louise was shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Exposing Britain's Social Evils for her work on the BBC One film Behind Closed Doors and her Guardian reporting on domestic abuse. In 2016 she was also shortlisted for the Orwell Prize for Journalism, and was joint winner of the Bar Council’s Legal Reporting Award. She has won a number of CIPR Awards for outstanding education journalism, and has twice been winner of the Rosemary Goodchild Award for Sexual Health Journalism run by Brook and the Family Planning Association.


"The central challenge is being able to report anything substantial at all because the way that the law is structured in this country at the moment essentially means that journalists can't speak about and can't publish any detail of what goes on in front of the judge." 

"My advice for journalists covering family courts would be; don't be frightened of anyone because they are only people, they are probably quite scared of you, and question everything."


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