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.