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CoramBAAF commissioned to undertake a rapid review on Special Guardianship

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory seeks to support Family Justice Council’s revision of protocols

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory has commissioned CoramBAAF to undertake a rapid review on Special Guardianship to support the Family Justice Council as it seeks to revise the protocols and guidance for the family courts and local authorities.

The Nuffield Foundation says that there is a growing body of research evidence on Special Guardianship but at present this is not formulated in a way that can support any revision to current protocols. In addition, practitioner experience and insights about current barriers to best practice are equally dispersed or have not been summarised. The rapid evidence review will include a review of published evidence and also practitioner perspectives on current obstacles to the implementation of existing guidance and protocols. The evidence will be drawn together in a single accessible document with a target date of February 2019. It will be available on the Nuffield Family Justice Observatory website shortly after its completion.

John Simmonds, the CoramBAAF Director of Policy, Research and Development, will lead the review of the evidence and has been invited to join the panel established by the Family Justice Council led by Mr Justice David Williams and HHJ Jane Probyn, to ensure continuity across elements of this work. Other members of the team are Alexandra Conroy-Harris, a barrister and CoramBAAF's legal consultant; Professor Judith Harwin and Lily Golding, Research Associate. Judith and Lily are based in Lancaster University's Centre for Child and Family Justice Research and have recently completed a national study of Supervision Orders and Special Guardianship for the Nuffield Foundation due to report shortly.

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