How is the PLO working? What is its impact on court process and outcome? The Outcomes of Care Proceedings for Children Before and After Care Proceedings Reform Study Interim Report.

Judith Masson, Jonathan Dickens, Kay Bader, Ludivine Garside, Julie Young

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The last five years have brought important reforms to care proceedings. The Judiciary made proposals for modernising family justice with a focus on strong judicial leadership, judicial continuity and better case management.2 The Family Justice Review3 recommended that the duration of care proceedings should be limited to 26 weeks, that fewer experts should be instructed in proceedings and there should be more limited scrutiny of the care plan, with the court considering only the plan for permanency (care by the parents(s), placement in the extended family, long-term fostering, or adoption) and not matters such as services for the child and contact arrangements. The Review's recommendations were enacted in the Children and Families Act 2014, supplemented by new procedural rules (the PLO 2014) and implemented on April 22, 2014. This date also marked the opening of the Family Court, replacing the triple jurisdiction of the Family Proceedings Court, the County Court and the High Court.
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationUK
PublisherFamily Law Week
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - 17 Feb 2017


  • care proceedingsPLOpre-proceedings process

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