Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO) has pledged to develop the first national, evidence-based guidelines for professionals undertaking care proceedings involving newborn babies.

Nuffield Family Justice Observatory (NFJO) has pledged to develop the first national, evidence-based guidelines for professionals undertaking care proceedings involving newborn babies.

The guidelines will be piloted in eight local authorities and health trusts during a six-month period and used in at least 30 child protection cases involving newborn babies.

In a report published yesterday (11 December 2019) NFJO revealed evidence of inconsistent practice; such as insufficient time spent on pre-birth assessments, misunderstandings of the legal framework, and failures to follow due process.

The report acknowledged the acute pain and stress felt by all parties due to such failings in pre-birth and newborn care proceedings ...

Hannah Gannagé-Stewart
Deputy Editor
Solicitors Journal

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