As part of the Family Justice Review, the Family Justice Board, in collaboration with the judiciary, has developed a collection of ‘expectation documents’. They are inviting comments on these documents. These documents set out the key contributions and good practice which the family courts can expect of those involved in proceedings. We will be responding to this consultation. Do contact us with any views or thoughts on these by 25 February.
Of particular interest to us, a set of documents has been developed to cover the contributions made to cases by Local Authorities. These will have an impact on the way our partners present evidence and support decision making by the court and ensure better outcomes for the children involved.
The proposed documents can be found here.
We are pleased that research in practice resources will be able to support social workers in delivering the high quality, evidence informed court reports as detailed in these set of expectations documents and ensuring good analytical thinking is at the heart of practice. Many of our and our partners’ feedback of what makes good practice are reflected in the ‘expectation documents’ drafted and we welcome the focus on the need to deliver high quality evidence.
We intend to respond to the Family Justice Board on the detail of the documents, drawing from the extensive knowledge gained from our Change Project and also feedback from our training seminars.