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Professor Judith Masson

My research focuses on child protection systems, particularly the interaction between law and social work, and local authorities and courts, empirically using quantiative and qualitative methods and through contextual socio-legal analysis.  I have undertaken major empirical studies on  emergency intervention in child protection; care proceedings, including legal aid costs; parental representation in care proceedings; and the operation and impact of the pre-proceedings process for care proceedings.   My current research focuses on outcomes for children subject to care proceedings using administrative databases to examine a) longer term outcomes for children and b) mechanisms for and the utility of administrative data to provide information on children’s outcomes following proceedings. Currently outcome is interpreted narrowly in the courts as the order made, without reference to what is achieved for the child’s subsequent well-being.  

Family Law