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[PUBLICATIONS] Evidence Matters in Family Justice: Legal Briefing

Strategic Briefings
Published: October 2012

This briefing aims to inform local authority solicitors, legal teams commissioned by the authority and family court staff about how evidence-informed practice supports the work of social workers in the family court. It includes the policy and legal context of the Family Justice R

[PUBLICATIONS] Evidence Matters in Family Justice: Resource Pack (2012)

Practice Tools and Guides
Published: October 2012

This resource pack includes a range of briefings, tools and practical exercises to help managers and social workers prepare and present evidence in court. It covers the policy landscape of family justice, how to use research in court effectively and strengthen assessments for cou

[PUBLICATIONS] Contact: Making good decisions for children in public law: Chart (2015)

Frontline resources
Published: March 2015

This tool, based on work developed by Elsbeth Neil at UEA, is designed to support contact planning for children placed in adoption, long-term foster care and kinship care. It accompanies the full frontline briefing, Contact: Making good decisions for children in public law, whic

[PUBLICATIONS] Special guardianship: Strategic Briefing (2015)

Strategic Briefings
Published: March 2015

This briefing summarises existing evidence alongside findings from Jim Wade’s new research in order to demonstrate how policy and practice is evolving. It explores how well special guardianship is working through an assessment of children’s progress three to six years

[PUBLICATIONS] Contact: Making good decisions for children in public law: Frontline Briefing (2015)

Frontline resources
Published: March 2015

Contact plans for children living away from their birth families can have life-changing implications for everyone involved. This frontline briefing aims to make relevant research accessible to practitioners who are involved in making contact plans for children placed away from

[PUBLICATIONS] Impact of the Family Justice Reforms Phase 3: Exploring variation across 21 local authorities (2016)

Evidence Scopes
Published: May 2015

This study builds on two previous research projects that explored the impact of the family justice reforms on frontline practice. The report draws on the views of professionals in 21 local authorities across 15 Local Family Justice Boards. It provides evidence on factors which ma

[PUBLICATIONS] Independent Reviewing Officers: Strategic Briefing (2015)

Strategic Briefings
Published: December 2015

The Children and Families Act 2014, a number of recent research projects and Serious Case Review (SCR) evidence all highlight themes that have implications for Independent Reviewing Officer (IRO) services. This briefing explores the progress made to implement key messages from r

[PUBLICATIONS] Special guardianship – qualitative case file analysis: Research Report

Research reviews and summaries
Published: November 2015

Special Guardianship Orders were introduced in 2005 as a legal pathway to permanence for children, often within the extended family network. The aim of this study was to further explore the impact on SGO use of the introduction of the 26 week time limit for standard care cases un

[PUBLICATIONS] Public Law Outline: Mapping Resource (open access)

Practice Tools and Guides
Published: July 2017

This learning resources map has been developed to support professionals working with families, legal teams and in the family court. The map is primarily aimed at those preparing and presenting evidence for court, and focuses on robust pre-proceedings work and the quality of writt

[PUBLICATIONS] The impacts of abuse and neglect on children; and comparison of different placement options: Evidence Review (open access)

Evidence Scopes
Published: March 2017

Commissioned by the Department for Education and developed by Research in Practice, this open access paper reviews research on the impacts of abuse and neglect and the strengths and weaknesses of care placement options. It is intended to support local authority and judicial decis
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