When the Family Justice Review reported in November 2011, it made for difficult reading for all those with responsibility for the family justice system.
The Review found a system that was failing the vulnerable people it was supposed to be serving, characterised by incoherence, distrust between agencies and a lack of leadership. This was causing huge, unnecessary delays, with the average care case in the county courts taking over 60 weeks – “an age in the life of a child” in the words of David Norgrove.
In the government’s response in February 2012 we agreed with the vast majority of what the Review had found and, along with the majority of agencies working in the system, accepted that radical action needed to be taken. Since that response, the family justice system has undergone a revolution. Reforming family justice and child protection was, and is a priority for the government and the Ministry of Justice and Department for Education are pleased to present this publication which sets out the significant progress that has been made.