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Our research identifies and fills gaps in our understanding of the family justice system, to support better outcomes for children and families.

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COVID-19 | Remote hearings | 2021

Remote hearings in the family court post-pandemic

In June 2021, in anticipation of the easing of social distancing restrictions introduced during the COVID-19 pandemic, the President of the Family Division asked the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory to undertake a rapid consultation to inform the post-pandemic recovery plans of the family court and the Court of Protection….

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Newborn babies | Young people | 2021

Health vulnerabilities of parents in care proceedings in Wales

This summary highlights the main findings of a report that provides an overview of health-based vulnerabilities experienced by mothers and fathers of children aged 0–17 across a two-year period prior to their involvement in section 31 care proceedings in Wales. The report was written by the Family Justice Data…

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Report
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Wales

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National administrative data
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Newborn babies | 2021

Explaining high rates of infants in care proceedings in deprived areas of Wales

This short report summarises results of recent analysis published by the Family Justice Data Partnership that aims to pinpoint the particular domains of deprivation associated with rates of infant entry to care in local authorities in Wales. The work complements research conducted as part of the Born into Care…

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Wales

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National administrative data
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Newborn babies | 2021

Newborn babies in urgent care proceedings in England and Wales

This summary highlights the main findings of Born into Care: Newborn Babies in Urgent Care Proceedings in England and Wales—a report commissioned by the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory and undertaken by the Family Justice Data Partnership, which is a collaboration between the University of Lancaster and the University of…

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Report
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Newborn babies | 2021

Recurrent care proceedings: five key areas for reflection from the research

All professionals involved in the family justice system have long been aware that some parents will experience more than one set of care proceedings. Some parents return to court on many occasions and lose multiple children to public or kinship care, or to adoption. This cycle of returning to…

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England
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Evidence review
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Supervision orders | 2021

Supervision orders in care proceedings: survey findings

Supervision orders are one of the options available to courts hearing care proceedings if they are satisfied that the grounds for a care or supervision order exist (s.31 Children Act 1989). A supervision order places a child under the supervision of the local authority. While an order is in…

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England
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Consultation
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Newborn babies | 2021

Born into care: One thousand mothers in care proceedings in Wales, A focus on maternal mental health

The Family Justice Data Partnership’s initial report on infants and newborn babies subject to care proceedings under Section 31 (s.31) of the Children Act 1989 revealed the scale and rising number of babies subject to care proceedings in Wales, notably in the first year of life (Alrouh et al. 2019).

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Report
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Wales

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National administrative data
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Private law | 2021

Uncovering private family law: Who’s coming to court in England?

This summary highlights the main findings of the second report in the Uncovering Private Family Law series. The research was carried out by the Family Justice Data Partnership—a collaboration between the University of Lancaster and the University of Swansea. Disputes between parents over child arrangements following family separation make up…

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Report
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England

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National administrative data
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Nuffield FJO in development

As part of our development we examined the research needs of the family justice system.

Our research methods

An overview of the different methods we use in our research.

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

Our 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 the 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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