Research evidence standards

Developing a robust and accessible body of evidence, research and knowledge to help improve decision making for children in the Family Justice System will be central to the Family Justice Observatory. This work needs to be informed by and be responsive to those who are working within the Family Justice System so that it is relevant and up-to-date. We have set up an Expert Taskforce made up of people with both research and practice experience to help us establish proportionate evidence standards and quality assurance. Alongside this, the Expert Taskforce will recommend ways to prioritise topics and mobilise knowledge to ensure that it helps to shape and inform practice and policy. This Taskforce will also make recommendations for the creation of a future Expert Panel and its terms of reference. For more information, see our Stakeholder Report.

The membership of the expert taskforce is:

  • Dr. Susannah Bowyer (Research in Practice),
  • Professor Karen Broadhurst (Centre for Child and Family Justice Research, Lancaster University)
  • Richard Cotmore, Head of Evidence, NSPCC
  • Professor Leon Feinstein,  Director of Evidence, Office of the Children’s Commissioner
  • Professor Donald Forrester, What Works Centre for Children’s Social Care
  • Dr. Lisa Holmes (Oxford University, Director Rees Centre for Research in Fostering and Education).
  • Claire Mason (Senior Research Associate, Lancaster University)
  • Carey Oppenheim (Independent consultant and former CEO Early Intervention Foundation)
  • Mary Ryan, Independent Consultant to Research in Practice
  • Professor Peter Salem, Executive Director, Association of Family and Conciliation Courts, USA
  •  Professor Liz Trinder (University of Exeter, Private Law Expert and former member of the scoping study advisory board)


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A summary report of the Pre-proceedings stakeholder event is now available on our website alongside other resources from the day: @NuffieldFound @researchIP @ReesCentre 2 days ago
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Nuffield FJO Director Lisa Harker was recently interviewed as part of a piece on children being taken into care. You can read the full article here: @NuffieldFound @ReesCentre @researchIP 5 days ago
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Presentations and evaluation feedback from the Pre-Proceedings event on May 9th are now available on our website: Thank you to everyone who participated on the day! 2 weeks ago

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory is being developed by the Nuffield Foundation working in partnership with a development team led by Professor Karen Broadhurst from The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University