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Publication - Professor Judith Masson

    Using the formal pre-proceedings process to prevent or prepare for care proceedings

    Citation

    Masson, J, 2017, ‘Using the formal pre-proceedings process to prevent or prepare for care proceedings’. in: Louise Dixon, Leam Craig, Daniel Perkins, Catherine Hamilton-Giachritsis (eds) Wiley handbook of what works in child maltreatment: an evidence-based approach to assessment and intervention in child protection. John Wiley & Sons Ltd, Chichester, pp. 150-162

    Abstract

    The formal pre-proceedings process - a letter to parents listing child protection concerns and a meeting where parents are legally represented - succeeded in diverting a quarter of cases from legal proceedings for the child’s protection. This chapter discusses how this simple process impacts on parents and social workers to protect parents’ rights, ensure fairness and resolve child protection concerns. Recent reforms have changed the legal context for the process, increasing its importance and the focus on preparation for court. Nevertheless, by encouraging engagement it can still keep cases out of care proceedings.

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