Care proceedings reform: The future of the pre-proceedings process

Judith Masson, Jonathan Dickens

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An account of the operation and impact of the pre-proceedings process, noting its effect of diverting cases form care proceedings, and also the potential for delaying applications for court orders. Between the introduction of the process in 2008 and 2013 use declined. Evidence of its effectiveness should encourage more use. Local authorities should continue or increase the use of this process, even where cases cannot be diverted from proceedings. Lawyers need to be prepared to attend pre-proceedings meetings.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1413-1420
Number of pages8
JournalFamily Law
Issue number11
Publication statusPublished - Nov 2013


  • care proceedings
  • legal advice
  • parents
  • diversion


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