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Nuffield Family Justice Observatory

The Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (Nuffield FJO) supports better outcomes for children in the family justice system in England and Wales by improving the use of data and research evidence in decision-making.

The Nuffield FJO has been established by the Nuffield Foundation which is funding the Observatory’s pilot phase from 2019 to 2023.

Nuffield FJO’s aims


  1. Supporting the analysis of national data and linking data from different sources to better understand the experience of children and families in the family justice system.

  2. Researching issues facing children and families and collaborating with others to bring about change in practice.

  3. Enabling decision-makers to access the latest data and research evidence.

Children in the family justice system


The Nuffield JFO  is building a comprehensive picture of what we do and do not know about children in the family justice system, from a variety of data sources, and taking steps to address the gaps. It has developed a new infographic to map insights, created using national administrative data.

Related Nuffield Foundation projects

In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Children living with domestic violence: effects on children’s well-being

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2019 – 2021

Girls and women with experience of care and the criminal justice system

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

The implementation of new rules and guidance for permanent foster care

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

System conditions and welfare inequalities in children’s services

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

Looked after children grown up

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Pathways of incarcerated children in care

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Visualising data in care proceedings

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Addressing the ‘care cases’ crisis: a sector-led review

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2020

Birth fathers’ recurrent appearance in care proceedings

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Couple of African descent attends couples counselling to discuss finding fault in divorce
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2020

Pensions on divorce interdisciplinary working group

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Siblings play ball in a playground - Siblings Contact and the Law
Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2019

Siblings, contact and the law: an overlooked relationship?

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2019

Measuring outcomes for children’s social care services

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In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Children living with domestic violence: effects on children’s well-being

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2015 – 2018

Bridging the Evidence Gap in Family Proceedings

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Reported

Justice | 2016 – 2017

Transparency and privacy in family courts

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

Looked after children grown up

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 1998 – 2003

Untying the knot: Muslim women, divorce and the Shariah

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

The implementation of new rules and guidance for permanent foster care

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2019 – 2021

Girls and women with experience of care and the criminal justice system

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Addressing the ‘care cases’ crisis: a sector-led review

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Couple of African descent attends couples counselling to discuss finding fault in divorce
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2020

Pensions on divorce interdisciplinary working group

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Visualising data in care proceedings

View project
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Pathways of incarcerated children in care

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

System conditions and welfare inequalities in children’s services

View project
In progress

Welfare | 2019 – 2022

Children living with domestic violence: effects on children’s well-being

View project
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2019 – 2021

Girls and women with experience of care and the criminal justice system

View project
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

The implementation of new rules and guidance for permanent foster care

View project
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

System conditions and welfare inequalities in children’s services

View project
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2020

Looked after children grown up

View project
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2018 – 2019

Pathways of incarcerated children in care

View project
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Visualising data in care proceedings

View project
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2020

Birth fathers’ recurrent appearance in care proceedings

View project
Couple of African descent attends couples counselling to discuss finding fault in divorce
In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2020

Pensions on divorce interdisciplinary working group

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2015 – 2019

Inequalities in child welfare intervention rates

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2019

Investigating the reasons for the rise in Care Order Applications

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In progress

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2021

The health needs of mothers and children in family court cases

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2018

Addressing the ‘care cases’ crisis: a sector-led review

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Siblings play ball in a playground - Siblings Contact and the Law
Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2019

Siblings, contact and the law: an overlooked relationship?

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2017 – 2019

Measuring outcomes for children’s social care services

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Reported

Justice | 2016 – 2018

The dissemination of lessons from research to the Judiciary

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Reported

Justice | 2016 – 2017

Transparency and privacy in family courts

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2015 – 2016

Feasibility study for research into improving children’s social services

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Couple of African descent attends couples counselling to discuss finding fault in divorce
Reported

Justice | 2015 – 2019

Finding Fault? Divorce Law in practice in England and Wales

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Reported

Justice | 2015 – 2017

The long-term consequences of domestic infant adoption

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2015 – 2018

Supervision orders and Special Guardianship

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Reported

Justice | 2015 – 2017

Getting it right in time: parents who lack litigation capacity in public law

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Reported

Justice | Welfare | 2015 – 2018

Bridging the Evidence Gap in Family Proceedings

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Reported

Justice | 2014 – 2017

Understanding men’s perspectives on encounters with the child protection system

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We aim to improve people’s lives by funding research that informs social policy, primarily in Education, Welfare and Justice. We also fund student programmes that give young people skills and confidence in science and research.

We are an open, collaborative and engaged funder that offers more than money. Through connecting the individual projects we fund, we strengthen their collective impact and give voice to an overarching narrative.

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