Family Justice Board

The Family Justice Board is the primary forum for setting direction for the family justice system and overseeing performance.

Role of the group

The Family Justice Board was set up to improve the performance of the family justice system and to ensure the best possible outcomes for children who come into contact with it.

The Board aims to take a cross-system approach to family justice and is jointly chaired by Ministers from the Ministry of Justice and Department for Education. Its members are senior stakeholders from across the family justice system.

The Family Justice Board has the following sub-groups:

  • the Family Justice Council which provides independent expert advice to the Board
  • the Family Justice Young People’s Board, made up of over 50 young people aged between 7 and 25 years old, who have either had direct experience of the family justice system or have an interest in children’s rights and the family courts,
  • a Performance Improvement Sub-Group that analyses the available performance information from the family justice system and makes recommendations aimed at improving performance at national and local levels


Name Organisation
Alex Chalk MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Ministry of Justice (Chair)
Vicky Ford MP Parliamentary Under Secretary of State at the Department for Education (Chair)
Jacky Tiotto Chief Executive, Cafcass
Nigel Brown Chief Executive, Cafcass Cymru
Richard Goodman Her Majesty’s Courts and Tribunals Service
Ian Walker Association of Directors of Children’s Services (ADCS)
Andrew Christie Chair of Adoption Leadership Board
Albert Heaney Director, Social Services, Welsh Government
Melissa Case and Nicola Hewer Directors, Criminal and Family Justice Policy, MOJ
Julia Gault Deputy Director, Family Policy including Child Maintenance, Department of Work and Pensions
Isabelle Trowler Chief Social Worker for Children and Families
Yvette Stanley National Director, Social Care, Ofsted
Jake Morgan Head of Children’s Services, Association of Directors of Social Services Cymru (ADSS Cymru)

Sir Andrew McFarlane, President of the Family Division, sits on the Board as an observer as does a representative from the Family Justice Young People’s Board.

Terms of reference

You can see the most recent terms of reference (PDF, 11.4KB, 1 page) for the group.


7 May 2019 minutes (PDF, 447KB, 6 pages) 15 January 2019 minutes (PDF, 536KB, 6 pages) 27 September 2018 minutes (PDF, 431KB, 5 pages) 6 June 2018 minutes (PDF, 284KB, 4 pages)

Contact Details

The Family Justice Board is unable to offer advice in individual cases. If you have a query regarding the work of the Board please e-mail the FJB secretariat.

Local Family Justice Boards (LFJB)

Local Family Justice Boards (LFJB) were established to support the work of the Family Justice Board by bringing together the key local agencies, including decision makers and front-line staff, to achieve significant improvement in the performance of the family justice system in their local areas.

To contact an LFJB or for more information, please email LFJB Enquiries.