The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory supports better outcomes for children in the family justice system in England and Wales by improving the use of data and research evidence in decision-making.

We do this by focusing on three areas:
  1. Supporting the analysis of national data and linking data from different sources to better understand the experience of children and families in the family justice system.
  2. Researching issues facing children and families and collaborating with others to bring about change in practice.
  3. Enabling decision-makers to access the latest data and research evidence.
The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has been established by the Nuffield Foundation which is funding the Observatory's pilot phase from 2019 to 2023.

Core Team

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory is being funded and incubated by the Nuffield Foundation during its pilot phase which runs from 2019 to 2023.

Lisa Harker Lisa Harker Director Read bio
Martin Burns Executive Coordinator
Jordan Rehill Researcher Read bio

Governing Board

The work of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory is overseen by a Governing Board. Professor Karen Broadhurst is Principal Academic Advisor to the Governing Board and reports to the Trustees of the Nuffield Foundation on an annual basis. Nuffield Family Justice Observatory will also have a Stakeholder Advisory Council in coming months.

Carey Oppenheim Independent Consultant - Nuffield Foundation Read bio
Sir James Munby Chair, former President of the Family Division
Noel Arnold Consultant Solicitor
Sally-Ann Jenkins Head of Children's and Families Services, Newport City Council
Sophie Kershaw Millar Head of Safeguarding and Quality Assurance, Camden Council
Her Honour Judge Lesley Newton Manchester Family and County Court
Andrew Webb former President of the Association of Directors of Children's Services
Teresa Williams Director of Strategy at Cafcass

Development Team

Following a national scoping study, the Nuffield Foundation appointed a Development Team to take forward the findings of the scoping study and build the essential infrastructure to enable the launch of the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory in early 2019.

Prof. Karen Broadhurst Principal Investigator, NFJO Development Team Read bio
Claire Mason Events & Engagement Lead, NFJO Development Team Read bio
Lisa Holmes Co-Investigator, NFJO Development Team Read bio
Susannah Bowyer Knowledge Engagement Lead: NFJO Development Team Read bio
Mary Ryan Independant Consultant - NFJO Development Team Read bio
Liz Trinder Private Law Expert: NFJO Development Team Read bio
Chris Millan Project Officer


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