Reforming care proceedings 4: Outcomes of pre-proceedings and care proceedings

Judith M Masson, Jonathan Dickens, Ludivine B E Garside, Kay F Bader, Julie Young

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The study conducted in six local authorities in England and Wale examined the use of the pre-proceedings process and care proceedings in a random sample of 204 cases starting in 2009-10 and tracked them to 2016. A second sample of 203 care proceedings cases brought in 2014-15 was also tracked. Data extracted from court and legal files, was linked to administrative data and Cafcass records for quantitative analysis of the use of pre-proceedings and care proceedings, court outcomes and children’s subsequent care. Using this information, the study compared court orders for children in care / not in care during proceedings and examined their long-term outcomes. It also tracked 29 cases that were diverted from proceedings in 2009-10; over 20% of these cases had no care proceedings by March 2016.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherSchool of Law, University of Bristol
Number of pages4
Publication statusPublished - 15 Jan 2020


  • care proceedings
  • pre-proceedings
  • court orders
  • looked after children
  • decision-making in children's social care
  • repeat proceedings


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