Our Work

We work with children’s services - social care, youth justice, education and health - in England and Wales, with central government departments, and with a wide range of voluntary organisations.

Although our current work reflects the changing themes and concerns in children’s services, our approach and our aims stay the same – to make a real and lasting difference to the lives of vulnerable children.

Family Drug and Alcohol Court (FDAC) Partnership at the Centre for Justice Innovation April 2019 to April 2022

Working as partners with CJI to support existing FDAC sites, promote the expansion of FDAC generally, and to support set up in new FDAC sites receiving funding under the DfE and What Works Centre’s Supporting Families, Investing in Practice Programme and the set-up of the first pilot FDAC in Wales under funding from the Welsh Government. The work has included developing a three day induction training programme for new FDAC sites.

Themed audit of older children in care proceedings

Working with local authorities in England and Wales to analyse tracked data and electronic social care records for children. To increase understanding of the circumstances of children 10 and older in proceedings; identify the reasons for care, including extra-familial harm and exploitation; and learn more about the overlap between family justice, youth justice and deprivation of liberty. A project arising out of six years of tracking cases in four local authorities by the South London Care Proceedings Project (SLCPP).

In collaboration with Celia Parker, and commissioned by Research in Practice as part of the Nuffield FJO programme looking at young people in the Family Justice system.