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    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

    Citation

    Masson, J, Dickens, J, Bader, K, Garside, L & Young, J, 2017, ‘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’. Family Law Week.

    Abstract

    The Outcomes of Care Proceedings for Children Before and After Care Proceedings Reform study is being undertaken by a team of socio-legal and social work researchers at the Universities of Bristol and East Anglia, funded by the Economic and Social Research Council. It was designed to find out how the changes introduced by the Children and Families Act 2014 and the PLO 2014 have impacted on the decisions made in care proceedings and on children’s subsequent care, and to compare these with the decisions and outcomes for a sample of children subject to care proceedings in 2009-10. This article reports findings in 3 areas: the court process; assessments and the use of experts; and court orders. Proceedings are shorter under the PLO, fewer assessments are ordered in proceedings but the orders differ markedly from those in care proceedings previously, particularly there is far greater use of supervision orders and special guardianship orders with supervision orders and fewer Placement Orders.

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