Family Justice Review: final report

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Norgrove, David
Ministry of Justice
Date of publication
3 November 2011
Families, Children and Young People
Social welfare
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The Family Justice Review panel presents a package of recommendations aimed at tackling delays in the family justice system and to make sure that children and families are given the service they deserve.The key recommendations are: 1)a new six month time limit in care cases so delays are significantly reduced; 2) enabling people to make their own arrangements for their children when they separate, and only use courts when necessary; 3) overhauling the family justice system so that agencies and professionals work together with greater coherence to improve the experience and outcomes for children and families. These recommendations follow the independent review panel findings that the current system of family justice is under huge strain.Rising caseloads coupled with incoherent organisation and processes are causing damaging delays for children and families.It takes on average over a year for an outcome in a care case - far too long in the life of a child.The backlog of cases in the public law system means today, around 20,000 children are waiting for their futures to be decided.

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