Infants in the family justice system

18 July 2018

Nuffield FoundationLocal authorities are being asked to take part in a survey that forms part of a national scoping study to examine the issue of ‘infants in the family justice system’.

The aim of the study is to support the best possible decisions for children involved in the family justice system, by improving the use of data and research evidence, alongside other forms of knowledge.

The work is being carried out by The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (FJO) development team consortium; The Centre for Child and Family Justice Research at Lancaster University, Research in Practice and The Rees Centre at Oxford University.

The FJO are keen to understand current practice activity and to be informed by the perspectives of local practice leaders. The survey is best completed by an Assistant Director of Children’s Services with strategic oversight of child and family safeguarding and will take no more than ten minutes to complete.

The FJO (England and Wales) will be fully launched by The Nuffield Foundation in the spring of 2019 and this flagship study forms part of their early work. The focus on infants is informed by data on increasing numbers of infants entering care close to birth, the need for evidence-informed pre-birth assessment and assessment of parenting capacity.

Complete the survey. Closing 7 September.

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