The PLO reforms and outcomes for children

Judith M Masson, Jonathan Dickens

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An overview for children's guardians of the Establishing Outcomes of care proceedings for children before and after care proceedings reform Study. The PLO reduced use of experts and halved case duration, compared with a random sample of cases brought by the same 6 Local Authorities in 2009-10. Final orders also differed, largely due to the case of Re B-S (2013). Fewer children remained in care after the end of care proceedings because of the greater use of SGOs and SOs but return to court after SOs was high - at least 25% of cases in the samples taken together.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)35-44
Number of pages10
JournalSeen and Heard
Issue number4
Publication statusPublished - 30 Oct 2019

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  • Care Proceedings
  • Procedural Justice
  • child protection social work
  • Child care


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