We know that older age young people are presenting in increasing numbers in the family court with a range of complex behavioural, extrafamilial and mental health issues.
Public law applications involving 15–17-year-olds doubled between 2011 and 2018, and the number of looked after children has seen a particular rise in the 10-15-year-old age group.
Because of their experiences before entering care, and during care, these young people in care are at greater risk of entering the youth justice system than their peers, and this risk increases for late entrants into care.
We do not know enough about this cohort of young people and what happens to them entering, during and after their interactions with the family justice system. We do not know enough about the impact of decisions made on the outcomes for these young people, their families and communities.
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.