How is the PLO working? What is its impact on court process and outcome? The outcomes of care proceedings for children before and after care proceedings reform study interim report

Judith Masson, Jonathan Dickens, Kay Bader, Ludivine Garside, Julie Young

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Abstract

The Outcomes of Care Proceedings for Children Before and After Care Proceedings Reform study is being undertaken by a team of socio-legal and social work researchers at the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It was designed to find out how the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 and the PLO 2014 have impacted on the decisions made in care proceedings and on children’s subsequent care, and to compare these with the decisions and outcomes for a sample of children subject to care proceedings in 2009-10. This article reports findings in 3 areas: the court process; assessments and the use of experts; and court orders. Proceedings are shorter under the PLO, fewer assessments are ordered in proceedings but the orders differ markedly from those in care proceedings previously, particularly there is far greater use of supervision orders and special guardianship orders with supervision orders and fewer Placement Orders.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbered176043
Number of pages9
JournalFamily Law Week
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2017

Bibliographical note

This study builds on earlier work by Masson and Dickens on the Pre-proceedings process for care proceedings, and compares those proceedings , brought in 2009-10 with proceedings brought by the same LAs following the implementation of the PLO in 2014

Keywords

  • Care proceedings reform
  • court process
  • experts
  • court orders
  • child protection
  • natural experiments

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