Research and analysis

Family justice review: how care applications vary in different LAs

Research looking at care applications in 21 local authorities (LAs) and how long they take.



The aim of this study was to explore how long care order applications take in different local authorities.

The report outlines findings around practices in:

  • local authorities
  • courts

Local authorities can make a care order application to take a child into care as a looked-after child.

This is the third and final family justice review report, see: