Impact of the Family Justice Reforms on Front-Line Practice Phase One: The Public Law Outline (2015)

Evidence Scopes
Published: May 2015
Author: Dr. Susannah Bowyer, Dr. Julie Wilkinson

The Children and Families Act came into force in April 2014, introducing wide-ranging reforms to the Family Justice System. At the heart of public family law reform was a revised Public Law Outline (PLO), which introduced a 26-week timeframe for completing care proceedings. This report draws on the views and experiences of professionals in six local authorities, focusing on the impact of the family justice reforms and recent court judgements on local authority practice. It provides evidence on the positive changes that have come about as a result of the reforms, as well as the challenges in implementing the revised PLO.

Aimed at: All social care practitioners.

Number of pages: 41

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Impact of the Family Justice Reforms on Front-Line Practice Phase One: The Public Law Outline (2015)