Policy paper

The government response to the Family justice review: a guide for children and young people

This guide is for children and young people and presents the government's response to the 'Family justice review' and its recommendations.

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. For example, it makes decisions about whether children need to go into care to stay safe and makes decisions about what should happen when parents split up and they 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.

Published 6 February 2012