Research and analysis

Decision-making within a child's timeframe

Research to help decision-making by family justice professionals and increase understanding of children's needs and appropriate timeframes.


Decision-making within a child's timeframe


This overview of research evidence has been commissioned in response to the Family Justice Review recommendation for consistent training and development for family justice professionals.

It aims to bring together research evidence to facilitate understanding among professionals working in the family justice system in areas relating to:

  • neuroscience: perspectives on children’s cognitive, social and emotional development
  • the implications of maltreatment on childhood and adult wellbeing
  • evidence concerning the outcomes of interventions by the courts and children’s social care
  • timeframes for intervening and why they don’t match those for children
Published 1 November 2012