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Decision-making within a child's timeframe: an overview of current research evidence for family justice professionals concerning child development and the impact of maltreatment

Overview of research evidence that has been commissioned in response to the Family Justice Review recommendation for consistent training and development for family justice professionals, including a greater emphasis on child development. It aims to bring together key research evidence to facilitate understanding among professionals working in the family justice system in areas relating to:

  • neuroscience perspectives on children's cognitive, social and emotional development
  • the implications of maltreatment on childhood and adulthood wellbeing
  • evidence concerning the outcomes of interventions by the courts and children's social care
  • timeframes for intervening and why they are out of kilter with those for children.

It is intended to assist decision-making by family justice professionals and facilitate a greater understanding of individual children's needs and appropriate timeframes.

Rebecca Brown
Harriet Ward
Childhood Wellbeing Research Centre