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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.

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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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