Policy paper

Government response to the family justice review

The government's response to the family justice review sets out how the recommendations made by the review will be taken forward.

This was published under the 2010 to 2015 Conservative and Liberal Democrat coalition government



The family justice system in England and Wales helps people deal with family problems which sometimes have to be dealt with in court. It also makes decisions about what should happen when parents split up and cannot agree on how to look after their children.

In 2010, the government set up the Family justice review to look at the way the family justice system works. The panel spoke to experts, people who work in the family courts (for example, social workers), parents, children and young people. It has suggested ways in which the system can be improved for the children and families who are in it.

This publication presents the government’s response to the review and sets out its recommendations.

Published 6 February 2012