• Adoption reform: messages from local authorities on changes in processes and timescales : final report

      Crafter, S.; Quy, Katie; Munro, Emily; Meetoo, Veena; Hollingworth, Katie; Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre, 2015-01-01)
    • The impact of more flexible assessment practices in response to the Munro Review of Child Protection: a rapid response follow-up

      Munro, Emily; Stone, Judith; Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (Department for Education, 2014-08-01)
      Between April and July 2012 the Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre was commissioned to undertake a rapid response study to independently evaluate the impact that the flexibilities had had on practice and service responses to safeguard children from harm (Munro and Lushey, 2012). Findings formed part of a package of evidence used to inform revisions to Working Together to Safeguard Children: a guide to inter-agency working to safeguard and promote the welfare of children (HM Government, 2013). The revised statutory guidance came into force on 5 April 2013 and removed the requirement to conduct separate initial and core assessments.  
    • Residential parenting assessments: uses, costs and contributions to effective and timely decision-making in public law cases

      Munro, Emily; Hollingworth, Katie; Meetoo, Veena; Quy, Katie; McDermid, Samantha; Trivedi, Helen; Holmes, Lisa; Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (Department for Education, 2014-07-01)
      The Family Justice Review (FJR) highlighted the need for timely decision-making and high quality assessments in care proceedings and recommended wide-ranging reforms intended to put children’s interests back at the heart of the process (Ministry of Justice, the Department for Education and the Welsh Government, 2011). During the course of the FJR concerns were raised ‘about the value of residential assessments of parenting capacity , particularly set against their cost and lack of clear evidence of their benefits’ (p.18). The Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (CWRC) was commissioned by the Department for Education (DFE) to undertake a small-scale research study to explore the role, costs and contribution that residential parenting assessments make to timely and effective decision-making in public law.
    • Towards a family justice outcomes framework: a working paper

      Munro, Emily; Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre (Loughborough University, 2014-07-01)
      The Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre was commissioned to undertake a small-scale feasibility study to explore approaches to developing a more robust child outcomes framework for the family justice system (in both public and private law). This involved a preliminary mapping exercise to identify: the numbers of children involved in key processes; explore what data one would ideal want to collect and compare this with what is currently collected and/or published. Guided conversations with nine experts, including members of the FJB, academics, policy makers from the Department for Education and Ministry of Justice and CAFCASS young people’s board were also conducted, to ascertain their views on what an ideal family justice framework could look like. In addition, an expert advisory group have offered feedback on a preliminary output. The paper offers some initial suggestions on potential ways forward which require further debate and refinement based upon feedback from the judiciary, lawyers and socio-legal and social work academics and practitioners.