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Happy families and happier courts: an overview of the Family Justice Review

Overview

On 3 November 2011, the long-awaited Family Justice Review was published. This follows the interim report published in March 2011 and a consultation period which produced over 600 responses. There have been huge criticisms of delays for children going through family proceedings. The Family Justice Review highlights the need for stronger leadership in the family justice system; and greater co-ordination of the organisations and people involved in family cases. Recommendations have been made in three areas:



  • the family justice system as a whole;

  • public law ie, care proceedings; and

  • private law ie, residence and contact proceedings.


This briefing sets out some of the headline recommendations of particular interest to those health professionals who work with children and adults who are involved in family proceedings.


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