Just In: Findings On Evidence In Family Courts

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A report just published highlights new findings about research and evidence use in family courts.

The Nuffield Foundation, along with several universities, research organisations and adoption and fostering academy CORAM BAAF, created “Towards a National Family Justice Observatory”, a scoping study which aims to identify what role the latest evidence and research can play in child welfare proceedings.

The study includes a consultation, which took place in September 2016 and which Researching Reform completed – you can see our answers here. It is this consultation which forms the basis of the recently publicised report.

Who Took Part

The consultation wanted to understand the research evidence needs of stakeholders and
opportunities and barriers to the application of research evidence in policy and practice.

The findings were interesting. At a healthy 64 pages, we haven’t had a chance to comb through the whole report yet (you’ll need at least 30 tea bags and…

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Our Present Family Court System

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Our Present Family Court System

business-logo1There is no system ever devised by mankind that is guaranteed to rip husband and wife or father, mother
and child apart so bitterly than our present Family Court System.”

~ Judge Brian Lindsay
Retired Supreme Court Judge
New York, New York

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Adoption Support Fund Triggered ‘Rapid’ Rise In Social Work Referrals

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Adoption Support Fund Triggered ‘Rapid’ Rise In Social Work Referrals

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The report by researchers from The Tavistock Institute of Human Relations, published today, concluded that the fund had overall triggered the growth and the upskilling of adoption teams, but raised concerns from social workers who felt their roles had changed since the fund was introduced in 2015.

“Some local authority case studies revealed that the role of the social worker was being compromised by the workload that [Adoption Support Fund] applications were creating. This stemmed from the increase in administrative tasks such as carrying out assessments of need and completing [Adoption Support Fund] applications,” the report said.

“Social workers who had some therapeutic training expressed the concern that the pressure on capacity meant they were missing the opportunity to be upskilled in order to deliver the…

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Damning Judgment Reveals Another Council Illegally Removing Children From Parents

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A family court judge has called out a council for acting with ‘subterfuge and immediacy’ for illegally removing a child from her parents. 

The comments represent the latest within a growing number of judgments calling out councils for illegal and unethical behaviour in their practices of social care and forced adoption. 

Gloucesteshire county council finally apologised to the parents after a hearing in which Judge Stephen Wildblood set out an astounding list of errors, which included:

  • Failing to place the child, who was under two at the time, with her father in the event of removal from her mother, as set out in the care order
  • Taking 6 weeks to return the baby to the mother, who was breastfeeding at the time
  • Breaching their legal duty to give parents 14 days’ notice prior to removing their child
  • Failing to seek legal advice despite having a strong feeling that the removal…

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