Interdisciplinary Seminar: How is the PLO working? The impact of the Public Law Outline reforms and the implications for practice.

31 January 2017, 1.30 PM - 31 January 2017, 5.30 PM

Professor Judith Masson, University of Bristol; Professor Elaine Farmer, University of Bristol; Professor Julie Selwyn, University of Bristol

Armada House, Telephone Avenue, Bristol BS1 4BQ

The introduction of the 26 week timetable for care proceedings has halved their average length but what else has changed?

Researchers at the University of Bristol have carried out the first detailed analysis of the impact of the 2014 PLO reforms on the decisions made by the courts. These decisions have major impacts for children, for local authorities who work with their families and for all professionals who act in care proceedings. The research findings will be presented for discussion and reflection in this seminar, which is open to all professionals working in family justice.

The subject of the seminar is the first part of a study Establishing outcomes of care proceedings for children before and after care proceedings reform, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council, which provides findings about other key aspects of the PLO including use of experts, judicial continuity and orders made. The study involved a detailed examination of the cases of over 300 children filed in 2014-2015 in England and Wales. This interdisciplinary seminar will discuss the main findings and their implications for policy and practice.

The findings will be presented by Professor Judith Masson, University of Bristol, who led the research, with contributions and reflections from: Graham Cole, Chair, Lawyers in Local Government Child Care Lawyers Group; Professor Elaine Farmer, University of Bristol, who has recently completed work for the NSPCC on Good Practice in reunification, arising from her own research; and Professor Julie Selwyn, University of Bristol, an internationally recognised expert on permanent placement.

There will be time for group discussion on what this research could mean for practice in local authorities and the family courts, and an opportunity for participants to share their experiences.

This seminar is open to all professionals working in family justice and is free to attend but places must be booked through Eventbrite. 

Contact information

Please contact policy-bris@bristol.ac.uk if you have any queries.

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