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Family Public Law Reform: National rollout of digital care and supervision applications resumes

New online service will resume its national roll out from 14 September 2020

The new online service to process care and supervision applications will resume its national roll out from 14 September 2020.

The service allows local authorities and legal representatives to create and manage care and supervision applications under Part 4 of the Children Act 1989, or an Emergency Protection Order under section 44 of the Children Act 1989 online. It was paused in March due to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. Since then, the project team has been working on improving performance of the service in time for national roll out, which will follow a phased approach with an initial eight court sites with others to follow.

The new service is intended to improve the progression of cases to support the best outcome for the most vulnerable children by:

Family Public Law will transition into Court and Tribunal Service Centres as the roll out progresses. This means support for some administrative tasks relating to case management will move to a central function. Local courts will continue to carry out tasks such as listing and will also continue to support the offline process as they currently do now.

For more information about the family courts read the latest blog by Adam Lennon – Responding to a global pandemic within the family courts. For more information on Justice Reform and Family Public Law, click here.