External research supported by Cafcass

High quality research can help improve practice and policy within the family court system. If research projects are likely to benefit Cafcass and the children and families we work with, we support them through enabling access to our staff, case management data, and in some cases service users. We make sure that projects are conducted ethically, that there are appropriate safeguards in place to meet information assurance requirements, and that no service users are identifiable within published research.

Published research projects that we have supported include:


Research project

Publication date

Vulnerable birth mothers and recurrent care proceedings

Professor Karen Broadhurst and Professor Judith Harwin (Lancaster University)

October 2017
Parents who lack litigation capacity in care proceedings

Professor Penelope Welbourne (Plymouth University)

September 2017
Exploring the provision of inter–parental relationship support

Fatima Husain and Ruth Hudson (NatCen)

April 2017
Unlocking Children’s Rights: Strengthening the Capacity of Professionals in the EU to Fulfil the Rights of Vulnerable Children

Ruth Barnes (Coram Children’s Legal Centre)

December 2016
Follow-up study of outcomes of the Tri-borough Care Proceedings Pilot

Professor Jonathan Dickens, Dr Chris Beckett, Sue Bailey (University of East Anglia)

November 2016
After FDAC: outcomes 5 years later

Professor Karen Broadhurst and Professor Judith Harwin (Lancaster University)

September 2016
Conflicts of EU courts on child abduction

Professor Paul Beaumont (University of Aberdeen)

August 2016
Care planning and the role of the Independent Reviewing Officer

Professor Jonathan Dickens et al. (University of East Anglia)

October 2015
How do county courts share the care of children between parents?

Dr Maebh Harding (University of Warwick) and Dr Annika Newnham (University of Reading)

May 2015
Enforcing contact orders: problem-solving or punishment?

Professor Liz Trinder et al. (University of Exeter)

December 2013


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