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Research report published considering improvements to supervision orders and care orders at home

On 31 March 2022 the Department for Education published a qualitative study into parental perspectives of supervision orders and care orders at home. The study, titled "Supporting families after care proceedings: supervision orders and beyond," carried out by Professor Judith Harwin and Lancaster University, interviewed parents who had raised their families post-care proceedings under a supervision order or care order.

The report made recommendations, based on the parents' views, as to how the experiences for families and children living with these orders could be improved at all stages of the process; starting from pre-proceedings and ending with implementation of the order at home.

Amongst many findings, as set out here, the report found that the relationship between parents and the social workers was a 'key determinant' of parents' experience of the supervision order. It was also found that parents who had experienced domestic abuse reported that support from children's services was 'limited to referral to courses on co-parenting and the Freedom Project.'

This study had been funded by the Department for Education to inform recommendations for the first review of supervision orders since the Children Act 1989, which is due to be published later in 2022.

For the report, click here.

Julia Queen, Barrister, Coram Chambers