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The Care Crisis Review

In 2017 applications for care proceedings in England and Wales reached record levels. In response, the Family Rights Group (‘FRG’) and the Nuffield Foundation undertook a unique sector wide review.

“We are facing a crisis and, truth be told, we have no very clear strategy for meeting the crisis.”

Sir James Munby, former President of the Family Division of the High Court

The Review’s Aims and Objectives:

  • to examine the reasons for the rise in care proceedings and number of children in care
  • to at all times retain a focus on achieving the best outcomes for children and families
  • to take account of the current national economic, financial, legal and policy context that impacts on families and on local authority and court practice
  • to identify specific changes to local authority and court systems and national and local policies and practices that will help safely stem the increase in the number of care cases coming before the family courts and the number of children in the care system.

Following engagement with over 2,000 stakeholders, the ‘Care Crisis Review’ made 20 recommendations for change.

Work to implement the findings of the Review is ongoing. In the meantime Family Rights Group is working with politicians and key stakeholders to improve the child welfare system.

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