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 data protection requirements, and that no service users are identifiable within published research. Any Cafcass involvement in research projects can only happen if approved by the Cafcass Research Governance Committee.

Published research projects that we have supported include:

 

Research project (completed)

Publication date

Scoping data on infant pathways in care proceedings

Prof. Karen Broadhurst (Lancaster University)

Approved use of anonymised case management data

October 2018
The experience of Muslim children who are removed from home

David Pitcher and Shabana Jaffar (Cafcass)

Approved interviews with service users (children)

September 2018
Cross-border child safeguarding: Practical challenges, effective social work practice and outcomes for children

Children and Families Across Borders (CFAB)

Approved participation of Cafcass practitioners in focus groups

September 2018
Outcomes for children before and after care proceedings reform

Professor Judith Masson (Bristol University) and Professor Jonathan Dickens (UEA)

Approved access to case management data

June 2018
How intended parents handle their children’s heritage (surrogacy cases)

Lilian Odze (Cafcass)

Approved interviews with service users (adults)

March 2018
Adoption: A BASW UK Social Work Enquiry

Prof. Brid Featherstone (Huddersfield) and Dr Anna Gupta (Royal Holloway)

Approved a focus group with Cafcass practitioners

January 2018
Creating paths to family justice

Professor Anne Barlow et al. (Exeter University)

Approved participation of Cafcass staff in workshops and discussions with the FJYPB

October 2017
Towards a Family Justice Observatory (a scoping study): Who cares for children? Population data for family justice research

Professors Karen Broadhurst (Lancaster University) and Ruth Gilbert (UCL)

Approved access to case management data

October 2017
Vulnerable birth mothers and recurrent care proceedings

Professor Karen Broadhurst and Professor Judith Harwin (Lancaster University)

Approved access to case management data

October 2017
Parents who lack litigation capacity in care proceedings

Professor Penelope Welbourne (Plymouth University)

Approved interviews with Cafcass practitioners

September 2017
Exploring the provision of inter–parental relationship support

Fatima Husain and Ruth Hudson (NatCen)

Approved interviews with Cafcass staff

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)

Approved focus group with FJYPB

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)

Approved access to case management data

November 2016
After FDAC: outcomes 5 years later

Professor Karen Broadhurst and Professor Judith Harwin (Lancaster University)

Approved access to case management data

September 2016
Conflicts of EU courts on child abduction

Professor Paul Beaumont (University of Aberdeen)

Approved interviews with Cafcass practitioners

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)

Approved access to case management data

December 2013

 

Ongoing research projects that we have supported or have agreed to support are:

Research project (ongoing)

Project start date

Achieving Accessible Justice: A study of the implications of vulnerability and the meaning of participation in courts and tribunals

Prof. Penny Cooper and Dr Jessica Jacobson (Birkbeck University of London, ICPR)

Approved interviews with Cafcass practitioners

2018
When private turns public: how do professionals in the Family Justice System perceive, interpret and apply section 37 Children Act 1989?

Kelly Reeve (UEA)

Approved interviews with Cafcass practitioners

2018
Investigating the reasons for the rise in care order applications in the family courts

Dr Lauren Devine (University of West England)

Approved access to case management data and interviews with Cafcass practitioners

2018
Understanding the health needs of mothers and children involved in family court cases

Prof. Ruth Gilbert (UCL) and Prof. Karen Broadhurst (Lancaster University)

Approved access to case management data and anonymised linking of some of this data to health data (see SLaM-CRIS website for more details and information on how to opt out)

2017
Siblings, contact and child law proceedings

Prof. Daniel Monk (Birkbeck University)

Approved interviews with Cafcass practitioners and a workshop with the FJYPB

2017
Birth fathers and recurrent care proceedings

Prof. Marion Brandon (UEA) and Prof. Karen Broadhurst (Lancaster University)

Approved access to case management data

2017
Decisions for children in the family courts: exploring a role for heuristic-based tools within structured professional judgment

Beth Coulthard (University of Ulster)

Approved access to case management data

2017
The children of stranded spouses

Jacqueline Harry (University of East London) and Penny Logan (Cafcass)

Approved access to case management data and interviews with Cafcass practitioners

2016
Perceptions of post-separation contact and domestic abuse

Joanna Harwood (Warwick University)

Approved interviews with Cafcass practitioners

2016
Supervision orders and their contribution to family justice, children’s services and child outcomes

Professor Judith Harwin and Professor Karen Broadhurst (Lancaster University)

Approved access to case management data and focus groups with Cafcass practitioners

2015
Local authority social workers’ evidence in care proceedings – social work and legal evaluations of professional expertise

Ann Potter (University of Bristol)

Approved interview with a Cafcass practitioner and a focus group with Cafcass practitioners.

2015

 

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