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We improve the lives of children and families by putting data and evidence at the heart of the family justice system.

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Young people | 2022

How can we better meet the needs of young people in care? Ideas from professionals, academics and people with lived experience. Films and briefing paper.

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Young people | 2022

The care files: Exploring the experiences of teenagers entering the care system

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Young people | 2022

Deprivation of liberty: A review of published judgments

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Private law | 2022

Rates of private family law applications in England and Wales: what can mapping tell us about variation?

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Newborn babies | 2022

Born into Care: Draft best practice guidelines when the state intervenes at birth (for feasibility testing)

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Newborn babies | 2022

Summary: Born into Care: Developing best practice guidelines for when the state intervenes at birth

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Newborn babies | 2022

Born into Care: Developing best practice guidelines for when the state intervenes at birth

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Young people | 2022

What do we know about children and young people deprived of their liberty in England and Wales? An evidence review

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Young people | 2022

Children subject to secure accommodation orders: A data review

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Young people | 2022

Deprivation of liberty: Legal reflections and mechanisms. Briefing

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2022

Children’s experience of private law proceedings: A summary of reviewed literature

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Private law | 2022

Uncovering private family law: Adult characteristics and vulnerabilities (Wales)

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What do we know about children in the family justice system?

Our quarterly infographic pulls together what we know, and what we don’t know, about children’s journeys through the family justice system from national data.

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About Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

We are an independent body, funded by the Nuffield Foundation.

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory exists to find and fill the gaps in our understanding of the family justice system, highlight the areas where change will have the biggest impact, and foster collaboration to make that change happen.

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